A Travellerspoint blog

Paris

sunny 37 °C

The first day of our Contiki Tour, we went to Paris! It was a long day of driving and ferrying but we were greeted with Escargo!
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After dinner we had a ‘City of Lights’ bus tour.
Arch de Triumph
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Eiffel Tower
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The second day we spent the morning at the Palace of Versailles and then we were left to explore on our own.
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James and I went up the Arch de Triumph and then walked down Champs Elysees.
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(Champs Elysees from Arch de Triumph)
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The traffic in Paris was absolute chaos! There are no rules. This was a 13 lanes round-about around the Arch de Triumph. Scary!

Ladurelle invented the Macaroon! A few seconds after this photo I was stung by a bee.
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We thought this was the ‘love lock’ bridge, but people had just started putting locks on a different bridge.
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A guy with a cart behind his bike took us to Notre Dame
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That night we went to the Eifel Tower. We made it up to the top just in time (long lines!) for a quick champagne and then ran down the stairs to catch our bus.
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My finger was so sore from the bee sting!

Last day in Paris:
The Lourve
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My favourite - Winged Goddess

On the final night we had a Parisian dinner with our group and then went to a Cabaret show.

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We made it to London!

On the 21st of June, I left Minnesota to meet James in London. I had a few hours layover in Iceland and James stopped in Sydney and Singapore. Luckily we were able to find each other easily at Heathrow airport!
We stayed the first two nights with James' auntie, Rach, who lives near the Tower of London.
We took a double decker bus around town, ticking off all the major sites: Trafalgar Square, St. James Park, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Royal horse guards, Kensington Palace, and Harrods.

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The view from New Zealand Government House (where Rach works).
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We had our first pint at a London pub with Jose! (James' old flatmate from Wellington who moved to London a couple days before we got there)
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American Swedish Institute

Swedish Hospital School of Nursing, Scandinavian Rugs, FIKA and Nordic Flower Arranging

Grandma and I spent the afternoon at the American Swedish Institute.
My grandma's sister Bev graduated from the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing and her Alumni sisters commissioned the sculptures of the nurses getting capped.
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This is her nursing uniform!
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Beautiful Scandinavian Rugs
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How they make Lace...
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Every room of the institute had a different one of these amazing 100 year old ceramic fireplaces...large_90_IMG_0366.jpg

FIKA (pronounced Fee-ka) is a Swedish custom of taking a break and having a cup of tea/coffee and some nibbles.
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'Nordic Flower Arranging Class'
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Resfeber

(n.) the restless race of the traveller's heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together

We have quit our jobs and on our way to Europe!

James will begin his Masters in Umea, Sweden at the end of August and I will start the tedious process of getting my nursing registration in the UK.

Until then, we will embark on an adventure hitting England, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany, Polland, Hungry, Austria and Switzerland.

This site will be a way for friends and family to keep up with what we've been up to.

For now,

Hej då

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