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PARIS, France – The wine tour/Burgundy portion of the trip I’m leading ended Thursday. The trip is wrapping up this weekend with the group having three free days in Paris.


I hate selfies, but what the heck – it’s Paris.

This is my fifth time to visit France but just second time in Paris – unless flying through Charles DeGaulle airport counts. Check out two days of walking around Paris.

It’s a cliche of sorts but Paris really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The architecture is stunning, food and wine superb, and the people – at least the ones in hospitality – are generally very nice.

There is so much to see and do. We’re staying in the 16th Arrondissment (neighborhood) about half way between the Eiffel Tower and the Arc di Triumphe. As part of their registration costs for the trip, each participant was provided a museum, bus, and train pass. If you’re coming to Europe its the most affordable way to get around. A two-day pass was just over 100E per person but well worth it.

I’ve let the group go on their own during the day because that’s the way trip was billed. I’ve explored which I really enjoy.

We wrap up tonight with a group dinner cruise – one of those flat boats on the Seine down the heart of Paris. The river is not as high as some photos you’ve may seen but it remains hight and moving pretty fast. Still, I got a call from the tour company yesterday and they assured me they were sailing.

There are about a dozen photos in the album linked above. I’ll probably have a  few more to add later today. It’s back home for most everyone tomorrow.