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Neuchatel, Switzerland

For our second day in Bern we took a day trip to Neuchatel, set on a large lake and near the French border it was a beautiful city. In Basel and Bern the predominant language spoken to us at sites and resturants was German. In Neuchatel we flipped back to French. Our first stop was, you guessed it, an art …

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The Bear City

After our stay in Basel we went to via train for two nights. The weather continues to be blue skies and we enjoyed the very walkable old town. On our first day we visited the Kunstmuseaum Bern for their important collection of European painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Manet, Cezanne, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Van Gogh. We enjoyed the Bundesterrasse- a …

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Rouen Cathedral – Monet’s muse…

I think I remember reading somewhere that Monet wasn’t trying to paint the cathedral, but instead the air around it.  Or something to that effect.  Sounds like the definition of a condo and owning the paint in it. Anywho weve seen a fair number of these paintings.  The muse is on top.  Various versions we’ve seen.  Will add as I …

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Basel, Basil, Bazel, Baysel, will we ever get it right?

Tuesday we got up early and took a 45 min. Flight to Basel, Switzerland where we stayed 2 nights in the most spacious and lovely Motel One Hotel, funny name I know, but such a lovely modern and big room, especially in contrast to out heavily floral draped shoebox in Paris. We had a lovely 2 days in the city …

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Rouen, Normandy

Today we took a 1.5 hour train ride north to the largest city in Normandy, Rouen. We did well navigating the metro to St. Lazzire train station and off we went. The ride was uneventful, passing through Giverney and depositing us in the heart of old town Rouen. A short walk from the train station was the Museum of Beaux-Arts …

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All of Paris’ Impressionism en un Jour!

Sunday it was business as usual in Paris and for K & J -on the quest to see all impressionist art at least once, and in this case twice! K&J are happy to have momma K along and she had not visited some of the impressionist hot spots so we were happy to fit them in. In all told we …

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Goodbye Snow, Hello Croissants!

Friday afternoon after a good de-icing we took off just in time for Iceland and then Paris. We arrived the next day at noon for the weekly Saturday Parisian to-do. Walking to our hotel we saw about 15 to-doers huddled on a median with police watching on the Saint Germain boulevard. A side street here and there blocked to cars …

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The Ring of Kerry

We are staying in Killarney for 3 nights and are a bit put off by how touristy it is. Never the less the Lakes of Killarney await, around the Ring of Kerry we go! Our first stop was Ross Castle. Perched on the lake, it has been restored using only period techniques (it has a roof!) and period furniture brought …

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Dingle Peninsula Freestyling

Sometimes you just got to make it up as you go. Monday we left county Clare for county Kerry and the Kilrush Marina to take a ferry to Scattery island an uninhabited island with 5 church ruins and 1 round tower. On the way we hoped to spot some of the famous dolphins but…upon arrival we discovered the ferry had …

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The Rock of Cashel…

No this isnt about a movie with the back story of the rock and the advent of the peoples elbow.  It is the continuation of our mid-Killarney-Kilkenny castle viewing! The castle sits up on a rock overlooking the town of Cashel.  It was originally a richly decorated in stone chapel in Roman-as style.  This was walled a bit later and …