travel

Reasons to go back to Paris

Why do I need to go back to Paris…… because there’s so much more to do:

discover more cool vehicles

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Go inside places like this and find out what they’re all about

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 do more sightseeing

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buy more deserts, or seafood!

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visit more Churches

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get more decorating ideas

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sit in an outdoor cafe

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visit more Galleries

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get my portrait done

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AND DO MORE SHOPPING!

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and last but not least – to leave my mark!

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Why Nantes

Why Nantes, the 6th largest city in France you say? How did I arrive at this place to Blog about today.

Watching one of my favourite T.V. shows about a Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, a customer came in with a first ‘American’ printed edition of the classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne, published originally in 1870 called 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

I knew nothing about this novel except that it was famous, probably worth a penny or two if it turned out to be ‘the real deal’. (turns out it was worth $12,000 USD because of the condition it was in, which turned out to be fair)  “Most of the first editions were lost in The Great Boston Fire of 1872. Only about 50 copies are thought to currently exist”.

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After hearing about how Jules Verne was able to write about things that didn’t exist back in the 1870’s such as Submarines, News Casts, Solar Sails, Lunar Modules, Video Conferencing, Sky Writing and Tasers, it really makes you wonder how is this possible?

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So after a little research, turns out Jules was born in Nantes France. Maybe this has something to do with it. Maybe this is a magical place where people can see the future.

Nantes  is a city in France, located on the Loire River,  (WOW) named the most livable city in EuropeNantes was named a hub city for innovation. “It holds the title of European Green Capital for its efforts to reduce air pollution, it’s well-managed public transport system and for its biodiversity with 3,366 hectares of green spaces”.

The first tramway in Nantes opened in 1879 and closed in 1958 due to bombing damage during World War II, while the present tramway was re-introduced to the city in 1985.

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Preserved Nantes Compressed air tramcar at the AMTUIR Museum

The first tramway in Nantes was notable for its use of compressed air propulsion pioneering this technology

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 In the 1980s, Nantes became the first city in Europe to re-introduce the present tramway which is notable as the first modern ‘new generation’ tramway to be built.

So maybe people in Nantes can see the future. I think I must investigate in person, hopefully this will be my future!

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Nutty for Nutella in Paris

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The Crepe Maker

After trying to get some photos off the internet for my recent blog, I couldn’t tell what was Copy Righted and what wasn’t. Not wanting to be photo thief I decided to use some of my own photos today

To my absolute Joy and delight Paris is filled with Crepe Shops, and everyone seems to use Nutella

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This Chocolatey hazelnut spread tastes great with Bananas

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They make it so easy by Crepes, they are everywhere!

There was a tight rounded back stair case in this little shop that appeared at first to have no place to sit and eat. Above the doorway was a sign in French that my daughter recognized from the game of Clue (the French side) “I think we can eat up there she said”.We headed up the stairs with great trepidation to find some tables and chairs, and a little bathroom, a real bonus for me

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The view from upstairs looking down

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Ready to head out and walk the streets for more adventure

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Blogososphere Bliss & Bust

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My Zero to Hero Challenge today is to head out and search the Blogosphere. Strapped for time, but determined to blog everyday, I quickly did a search for 5 things.

1. Fairies, 2. Advancement 3. Antiquing (which now I realize is also referred to as “Thrifting” 4.Spiritually 5.Paris

My search revealed some were a bust after doing 2 second scrolls, and some where true bliss. I ended up finding 4 blogs to follow, and as much as I thought my life was all about spiritual advancement, turns out I just like Paris and Thrifting. I’m feeling a little bit shallow right now, and somewhat nostalgic. I’ll explain.

My picture today comes from the Palace of Versailles. This little doggy which I believe is called a King Charles Spaniel is from a huge painting on the wall in the Palace. The figures in the painting were actually staring back at me and I just couldn’t bear to take their picture,so I took one of the dog instead.

It took me a whole year to save for this trip and then when I got there I had no extra money for spending. You could say this picture is worth a lot, about $3500 worth, but for me it was worth every penny. This was bliss, and I will always have those memories to go back to no matter what. Maybe one day my blog will be called Sexy & Sixty in Paris!!