Monday, May 26, 2014

Bonjour, Mes Amis!


You may have wondered where I disappeared to 
over the past two weeks.

Life threw me some unexpected curves
that made it difficult for me to post.

But that's all behind me now,
and things are looking up indeed!

Terry et moi sommes à Paris!


Balcony in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris



We left on Saturday and flew from Denver
via Iceland to France.







Up, up, and away!


We flew over northern Ontario, Hudson Bay,
across Greenland, and into Reykjavik, Iceland. 



Northern Ontario Route


To my surprise and delight, we flew within 41 miles
of Sioux Lookout where I lived as a young girl,
but it was cloudy and I was on the wrong side of the plane.





There was a break in the clouds 
as we approached Hudson Bay,
but then it was solid cloud cover
until we got to Greenland.


Near the Shore of Hudson Bay



Western Coast of Greenland


Our Route on Icelandair



Sunrise Approaching the Eastern Coast of Greenland



Coming into Keflavik Airport Outside Reykjavik


I imagined a lot of things about Iceland,
but I never imagined that the first thing I'd see
would be this!


Iceland?  A Golf Course!


We switched planes and were off to France!


Keflavik Airport, Iceland



Touchdown at Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris


Before long we were checking into
our little home away from home in
Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.


Hotel De Saint Germain
Saint-Germain-des-Prés


And then we were off to explore!

In Saint-Germain-des-Prés


It is very late, so I must sign off!
More to come at my next chance.
Bon Nuit!

35 comments:

  1. Hey Fundy! Glad you're back. Some great photos. Those thunderheads are huge. Sorry you didn't get to see where you grew up, but seeing Greenland covered in ice was rather amazing.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! It was a really special flight. Just to catch a glimpse of Hudson Bay was amazing, and Greenland was a thrill. I've studied continental ice sheets, but to actually see the mountains disappearing under the ice, and then nothing but ice as far as I could see, well, the experience was one of the highlights of my life. The ice is vast, threatening,and mysterious ~ and oh so beautiful at sunrise! Humbling, too, because I knew that It would be impossible for me to survive out there. Have a good one!

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  2. I am so happy to see a post from you! Your photos are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I felt badly about being unable to blog! But so much happened in the last ten days at home, starting with my trusty car going terminal on me, my retirement money floating around the country in a paper check instead of rolling over via an electronic, and my computer going down with no more memory. It was extremely stressful, but it all got resolved! I've had an opportunity to sip wine for hours among the very relaxed and lovely French. People have been wonderful hear, despite how I murder the language! Take care!

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  3. Wow, didn't you just go to Hawaii? Jetlag has nothing on you haha some great shots too.

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    1. Hey, Pat! Yes, we were just in Hawaii. But after a life of working and saving, I'm going to have some fun traveling! Paris is wonderful. I so want to return when I have a little more time. Terry and I barely scratched the surface. You are as far as I'm going to get in comments tonight! I'm falling asleep at my keyboard. I hope all is well with you!

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  4. These pics are amazing thanks for posting.

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    1. Thanks, Trudessa. We're on to London now, after a whirlwind of a time in Paris. Have a good one!

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  5. Have a fabulous time, I can't wait to see all your photos.

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    1. Hi Jill! We are having a wonderful time! I will be posting sporadically until I get home. Just a heads up ~ my computer ran out of memory, and I had to archive all my photos on external drive until I get home and learn what to do with an Apple trainer. I can't access my Scavenger Hunt pictures , and I'm not sure if I can get another set done while I'm traveling. So if I don't post for May's SH, you'll know why. I hope all is well as you head into the winter!

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  6. Wow! Quelle surprise! I can't wait to hear and see more!

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    1. Hi Dreaming! I had every intention of letting people know that I would be traveling, but I had a number of time consuming surprises pop up that I had to deal with before departing! But all is well, and I will be posting as time allows. Paris is a dramatic change from Aurora! Hope all is well for you and yours.

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  7. Hey Fundy!! I wondered where and how you were!
    what a lovely surprise, and the pictures are great I was so enjoying them then came to the end so looking forward to seeing more.
    imagine, a golf course!
    Welcome back
    I love the picture of the clouds

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    1. Thanks, Dawna! Things were unexpectedly hectic at home before we left for Paris. Now we are visiting my sister-in-law in London. I will be posting more photos, as traveling allows. The clouds were so beautiful as we took off and flew out of Colorado. I never tire of cloud watching from a plane. Take care!

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  8. This is amazing! the only time I flew over Greenland was at night so I couldn't see anything. I'm very curious about Iceland (going there in August) but that picture sure surprised me too. I wonder if it's really worth maintaning a golf course that can be used only a few months a year.
    Love the balconies of your Hotel btw.

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    1. Thanks, Sartassa. I wanted to see Greenland so much, so I was thrilled when it was visible. I couldn't stop looking at the ice in all directions, and we just flew over the southern tip. It was wonderful! I do plan to post about Iceland, because we are stopping over there on our way home. I hope that your trip there is wonderful!

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    2. Yes, Greendland's suposed to be amazing. I once had a pen pal from there and I could hardly believe people actually lived in such an isolated place that far north before I got to know her. Due to climate change things are changing though. I heard they're even able to farm potatoes These days.(or was that iceland?!)

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  9. Spectacular! An amazing place to visit. Have a wonderful time.

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    1. Thanks, Martha! We are enjoying ourselves a lot! Take care!

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  10. So glad that things are looking up for you and that you are back :) these are some wonderful aerial shots my friend. Love the one from above the clouds :)

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    1. Thank you, Keith! I'm glad that you enjoyed the aerial photos. I can't tear my eyes away from the landscapes or cloudscapes I see from a plane. I'm forever trying to shoot cool things! Hope all is well with you and yours!

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  11. Wow, splendid! like such spectacular views so much,

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    1. Thanks for leaving such kind words, Lena! Take care!

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  12. OMG, Louise this is just so wonderful!

    Seeing the route you took and only 1 stop, that's perfect. I suspect we could get a direct flight from here. The hotel looks perfect. Terry really can find the best places for the 2 of you.

    Au revoir and safe trip home ~~ while munching croissants and du cafe!!!
    A bientot!!
    Ron

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    1. Hey Ron! Thank you! And yes, Terry is a master at finding hotels and cool places to eat. We had a fabulous time in Paris which I will be posting about. We're just short on time. Now we are in my sister-in-law's and BIL's flat in Notting Hill, London. We just got here, learned how everything worked (including getting online), and Terry and Noreen have gone to Portobello Road to do a little shopping. I'm going to sneak in a quick nap! I miss the wonderful Parisian coffee already ~ I'm ready to go back again. History seeps from every cobblestone and corner in Paris. I love it! Take care!

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  13. That was easy!
    Looking forward to the details when you get back Louise. Have a wonderful stay!

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    1. Thanks, Jim! Yes, the details will have to wait, although I hope to post some photos along the way. I can't wait to go on the geology trip Terry booked for us in Iceland. Meanwhile there is a lot of London to explore! I can't believe that I'm lucky enough to be here! I keep pinching myself!

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  14. How exciting! You're going to have a wonderful time - Paris is so beautiful. Can't wait to see your photos. x

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    1. Paris is amazing, Julie. We have enjoyed it so much. Now we're on to explore London. I want to return to Paris again very, very much! Take care!

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  15. Oh Fundy! How wonderful! I am so happy for you! Keep us "posted"! (Get it? Posted?)

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    1. I get it, Terry! LOL I'm going to post as I can! I hope all is well at Moondance Ranch!

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  16. Some amazing photos, I hope you have a wonderful time!

    Also, I just wanted to say as I haven't yet, thank you for your kind words on my guest post on Jim's blog, I'm finally getting round to reading everyone's blogs who commented!
    All the best, Hayley-Eszti

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  17. Thanks, Hayley! How lovely of you to get around and read everyone's blogs! It takes time, believe me, I know! Thank you for your kind words. Take care!

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  18. How wonderful you are off on an adventure. I love France. I can't wait to share all your fun right here on your blog. Have loads of fun.

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    1. Thanks, Peggy! We had a blast in Paris, and now we are in London! I'm going to post as I can. I hope all is well in your corner of the world!

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