Mike and Shelley go to Europe and ride around some

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  1. RedDogAlberta

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    Outstanding! :clap
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    Thanks for the write up, Croatia looks fantastic.
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    Hey fellow Canucks, really great report and a trip we'd like to make in 2020.
    Curious, any problems communicating with the locals, do either of you speak the language?
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    Thank you, that looks to be perfect. We would definitely look at that if we had not already committed
    Mike
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    The simple answer is a definitive no problem . Our language skills only include English and French but a friendly attitude and patience has always worked well. Even when the road became a small bridge then a 2 track ending at the house of an elderly Slovenian lady who must have wondered which planet these 2 fools were from. I will add that some work on pronunciation has been needed . For instance Stanjel is pronounced Stangel in English but Stanyel in Slovenian
    That"s not really correct either but sometimes close enough will be understood. If asking for directions an incorrect pronunciation may result in an unintended direction.
    Mike
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    English is pretty much a second language in Cro.

    Mike you will be passing right by my place about 20 kliks before Trogir. Little village on the coast called Vinisce in pic. You're more than welcome to drop by as I will be there in two weeks. Or even if you just want some info, PM me and we'll touch base. I'm leaving this Tuesday, Toronto to Frankfurt and taking my comfortable bike :) thumbnail_20180421_123137_resized_1.jpg 20181014_164427.jpg
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    PM sent:D
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    $132 euro/night!!! :p3rry
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    I arrive at Dolby's place may 14th!!! :thumb
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    Great report. I really enjoyed that. It’s great you touring with your daughter:-).
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    That definitely made my wife smile
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    Too bad we will just miss you. We are extremely happy with Doobie and lobagola. Hope you find the same.
    Mike
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    mike and shelley. hopefully i'll be in croatia in october 2109.

    reading your RR gets my mind going...:thumb
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    Mike PM sent...
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    • The weather Gods intervened on April 28 with a dump of snow in Calgary, generally making a mess and closing the airport for a bit. Any major backup might leave us with a bit of an issue as we were traveling standby. Calgary weather knows how to stress me (us).
    However, as luck would have it, seats became available and off we went to Paris for 3 days via London. After Paris we fly to Zagreb, pick up Sella and ride

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    What to do if you have been up for 20 hours or so ? Long walk, food, beer and sleep.
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    From the internet

    Notre-Dame de Paris
    Notre-Dame de Paris, often referred to simply as Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral is consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its pioneering use of the rib vault and flying buttress, its enormous and colourful rose windows, and the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration set it apart from the earlier Romanesque style. Major components that make Notre Dame stand out include one of the world's largest organs and its immense church bells.

    From me
    This terrible fire is:
    Painful for the religious.
    Painful for the residents of Paris as this was (is) part of the lifeblood of the city.
    Painful for those who mourn damage to such a piece of history.
    Standing close by you can feel the emotion.

    On to happier things. We had a lovely long walk along the river before stopping at the Frog and Underground for food and.
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    The eyes tell the tale. Time for sleep !!!
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    May 1st, our first full day in Paris. SILLY US ! Labor day in France with the Gilet Jaune joining in with the labor day activities as well as over 7000 police.
    The day was dominated by many detours as the day demanded as well as long lines and high prices. Paris takes pride in its reputation as of the most expensive cities in the world. It is, however, an astonishing place.

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    The remainder of our time in Paris was spent, with many thousands of our closest friends, as tourists.
    Crepe in the morning.

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    Beautiful churches.
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    Lining up, in this case for Musee D'orcay.
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    The Musée d'Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986. It is one of the largest art museums in Europe. Musée d'Orsay had 3.177 million visitors in 2017.

    Words do NOT do it justice.
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    And then off to the Museé de l'Orangerie a gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens next to the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The museum is most famous as the permanent home of eight large Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet, and also contains works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Alfred Sisley.
    Just bloody incredible.

    Food and wine. Wine and food.

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    The traffic around the Arch De Triumph is ----- interesting. As we were watching a car and electric scooter had an event. No big injury.

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    Quite a few places along the Champs Elysees show damage from the Gilet Jaunes demonstrations.

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    Some fun stuff at the Renault store.
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    For those who like cemeteries.

    Père Lachaise cemetery. Almost a city within a city. This is both the largest park and the largest cemetery in Paris.
    The Père Lachaise cemetery takes its name from King Louis XIV's confessor, Father François d'Aix de La Chaise. It is the most prestigious and most visited necropolis in Paris. Situated in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, it extends 44 hectares and contains 70,000 burial plots. The cemetery is a mix between an English park and a shrine. All funerary art styles are represented: Gothic graves, Haussmanian burial chambers, ancient mausoleums, etc. On the green paths, visitors cross the burial places of famous men and women; Honoré de Balzac, Guillaume Apollinaire, Frédéric Chopin, Colette, Jean-François Champollion, Jean de La Fontaine, Molière, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jim Morrison, Alfred de Musset, Edith Piaf, Camille Pissarro and Oscar Wilde are just a few.

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