More Oma in Paris

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Oma and I took a bus tour of Paris, stopping at and/or touring some of the major sites, including the Opera Garnier, the Arc de Triomphe, the Palais de Chaillot, Sainte Chappelle, the Musee d’Orsay, and the Eiffel Tower.  Some photos:

Lunch at the Musee d'Orsay

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Back in Paris

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April in Paris.  This time we have our mothers with us, first time in Paris for Oma and umpteenth time for Nana.  After a speedy trip through the chunnel, we checked into our hotel, ate a late lunch, and walked over to Notre Dame.

Oma can’t believe she is seeing Paris now in her old age.  The city has such a different character from London.  Oma and I will probably focus on the main tourist sites over the next couple of days, while Nana and Michael will visit other places.

April in Paris

Ladies at Kew Gardens

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On a day with perfect weather, we enjoyed a lovely outing to Kew Gardens, located about 10 miles from central London along the River Thames.  Daffodils and cherry trees were in full bloom, along with other spring flowers.  A beautiful English spring day!

The Kew Explorer, a small, hop on-hop off land train, took us around the park to see different areas, including this water lily pond where a beautiful peacock strutted his stuff.

A jade vine

Kew Gardens also has some historic glasshouses that we visited.  Oma even climbed the spiral staircase in the Temperate House to get the birds-eye view!

The Gardens seemed to have every species of plant.  We saw many varieties of palm trees, as well as coffee trees, ebony, a jade vine with unusual colored blossoms, a tree tomato, and date palms.  I loved the Australian Tree Ferns – trees that are also ferns!

Australian Tree Ferns from above

Oma under the tree ferns

Of course, we needed tea and scones at the Orangery to fuel the long journey home.

Views from the Broadgate Tower

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I love visiting Michael’s office.  Today we shared the views with our moms (aka mums).

One thing I love about London is the mix of architecture, from Roman times to modern buildings.  The Broadgate Tower has views over all of it from one of the most modern structures!

The Broadgate Tower

Shoreditch, in the shadow of the Broadgate

Street art view: "Let's adore and endure each other"