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Paris – Day 7

We left early Friday on the RER to visit the Palace of Versailles. Versailles was the residence of the royalty of France from 1682 until 1789 when the French Revolution began. Louix XIII had originally built a hunting lodge at the village outside Paris in 1624. This petite structure became the foundation of the most […]

Paris – Day 6, The Louvre and Love Locks

The Louvre was crowded this morning. Now if that isn’t the silliest thing one could say. I can’t imagine it is ever anything but busy. How about this, it was so busy it was annoying. Especially with tour groups who act like entitled little %(&^*&$s. I feel better. The first shot below is an outside […]

Paris – Day 5

Yesterday we visited Mont St. Michel. It was a long day. We had a short walk, 2 and 1/2 blocks to pick up our bus at 7:15 AM and returned at about 9:15PM. We picked CityRama tours, it was just easy. The day included transportation, lunch, entrance to the Abbey and a guided tour that […]

Paris- Day 4

This morning we started our adventures at the Arc de Triomphe. It is in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle. It is at the west end of Champs-Elysees. Construction was started in 1806 and finally inaugrated in 1836. We you see it up close it isn’t surprising that it took that long. We […]

Paris – Day 3 (part 2)

Notre Dame. I have seen it many times but always from the other side of the Seine. Today we had a chance to spend more time there. We took the Metro to Chåtelet Les Halles and walked to the Ile del la Cite´. We decided not to wait in line to climb the tower (looked […]

Paris – Day 3 (part 1)

I had a great time capturing the opera house before dawn, I decided to try the process again, this time with the Eiffel Tower. I mentioned it to Kate and she was game too. We were on the road at 5:30 and were in place just after 6:00AM. While there are certainly things happening at […]

Paris – Day 2

Day 2 started early. I woke up early, and decided to explore the area. The first morning is always an early rise for me as I adjust to the local timezone. This was no exception. Up at four, fought it until five and then headed out. We are quite centrally located and a walk up […]

European Vacation II

Yesterday we arrived in Paris. As the post title implies, this is the second installment of Feiks go to Europe. In 2010 Mary and I were lucky to be able to spend ten days in London with Bryan and Kate. Last year we starting planning this trip, ten days in Paris. We rented an apartment […]

The Event

We all attended a banquet at the Blue Mound Banquet center and then the “Authors of Siouxland” program. The formal event was at the Palace Theater. It featured authors Freya Manfred, Thomas Pope, John Rezmerski, Joe Paddock, Nancy Paddock, Jim Heynen, Scott King, with Fred Manfred Jr. as the host.           […]

The Reunion

It was a great weekend in Luverne MN. We (more about that in a minute) ventured to Luverne to join the celebration of the 100th anniversary of my Uncle’s birthday. Frederick Feikema Manfred was my Dad’s oldest brother. There were six brothers. An entertaining recapt of their childhood can be found in the Green Earth (ISBN: […]