Archive for June, 2007

Day 31: Back in the USSA

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Got home to Stuart about 6, took 90 mins to get the blasted pc to boot up. Just what I needed after Virgin Atlantic Hell, to get home to PC Hell.

Day 30: Oxford

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Wouldn’t it be great if all our vacations ended on a high note, a last day that surpassed almost all others? Well, mine has! As it’s now almost 8:30 pm here and I still have to eat dinner and pack, I’ll keep it short, and there are only two photos today, but let me tell you what happened.

Day 29: Stonehenge-Salisbury

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

It takes about 90 minutes to travel by train from London Waterloo Station to Salisbury, and I arrived a few minutes before 10. Waiting at the station was a double-decker tour bus. I’d been told that the tour was a reasonable deal because it includes the cost of admission to Stonehenge, and you get a little information besides. I got a Senior discount of 3 pounds, so it cost me 13.50 pounds. If you go, I recommend checking out the No. 3 bus from the station, whih says “Stonehenge” on the front, and might be an even better deal, because the history, while somewhat interesting, is available online, and I didn’t need to be told the Druids did not build Stonehenge, only occupied the site many centuries later.

Day 28: London, Hampstead Heath

Monday, June 25th, 2007

I spent what I hope will be my last morning schlepping around London. Have I mentioned that I am not crazy about London? Today I wanted to visit two museums near Waterloo Bridge, but didn’t feel up to walking, as it was cold and cloudy and looked like rain. I figured there had to be a bus from Tower Bridge Station across the bridge, so I walked over there. The map at the station was impossible to read and I had to ask, “What bus goes to Trafalgar Square?” Turns out it was the No. 15, due any second. My guidebook, by the way, shows the No. 25 bus going there, but the map at the stop showed that line going elsewhere. I bought a one-day pass for 3.50 pounds and sure enough, got to Trafalgar Square in time to grab a take-away breakfast before the National Gallery opened.

Day 27: Paris –> London

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Busy day today. I took the 9:10 am train from Paris, Gare du Nord station. I had to pick up my ticket from a person, as only French credit cards can be used at automatic ticket machines in France. Thanks to my friends at the Hotel Sorbonne I knew about the No. 38 bus, which stopped near the hotel, and goes to the station in about 12 minutes. I had planned to catch a 7:12 bus but was up early and got to the bus stop about 6:35. As it turned out, that was a good thing.

Day 26: Au revoir, Paris

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

Yes, I’m sorry to say this was my last day in Paris. I was going to ride around on the Batobus but when I left the hotel this morning it was damp and cold, and looked sure to rain. So I decided to take a short (?) walk instead. I rationalized it by saying it would save me money, too.

Day 25: Paris

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Rain rain rain. The forecast was for “light rain,” and it was half right. I blew off the boat ride and decided to go to the Delacroix Museum, which is in the neighborhood. I couldn’t take photos inside, so today we have a bunch of photos taken on the way to and from the museum.

Day 24: Paris

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Today’s outing took me to two museums, the Marmattan and l’Orangerie. My foray into Paris’s mass-transit system went perfectly. They offer an interactive online form (available in languages besides French), where you can enter your origin and destination, then choose Fastest, Easiest Connections, or Most Walking. I took a Metro train most of the way, then spent a few minutes on a bus, which dropped me right at the Musee Marmottan. The distance from the hotel was about 4 miles (6.4 km) but the trip took less than 40 minutes.

Day 23: Giverny

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

First, my apologies to anyone using a dial-up connection, about a half-meg of pix today. I went to Giverny, where the painter Claude Monet spent his last years. He built a large flower garden and diverted part of the Epte River to make a lily pond, much to the consternation of local farmers, though he finally got it worked out.

Day 22: Paris

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

This blog thread has been going on for three weeks, so let’s catch up on a few comments I’ve received. (more…)