Thursday, May 24, 2012
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We left Taiwan at late night of Friday, May 4 on a direct flight of EVA airline to Paris and arrived in the early morning of Saturday, the 5th. We rented a car and drove straight to Reims at the heart of Champagne region. We arrived at our destination before 11 AM and had a chance to visit the Cathedral before having our first French meal on the trip. After lunch, we drove through a small segment of Route Touristique de Champagne in the Champagne-producing region before heading back onto highway A4 to Metz in the Lorriane region to spend the night. The next day, Sunday, the 6th, we made our tour of the old town of Metz before driving to the old town of Strasbourg, Petite France. We had lunch at Petite France then headed south on highway A35 to Colmar, deep in the wine growing region of Alsace. We stayed in the Petite Venice, the old town of Colmar. On Monday, the 7th, we visited two small villages, Kayserberg and Riquewihr alone the Route du Vine Alsace before crossing the northern end of Vosges mountain and coming back into the Lorriane region to visit Nancy. We stayed close to its old town, Place Stanislas. Tuesday, the 8th, we drove from Nancy back to the Charles de Gaulle Airport, returned the car and took a taxi to Paris downtown. Grace was busy for her meetings during the next three days. We did some shopping together on Wednesday morning at Galleries Lafayette, I then spent three hours photographing Eiffel Tower. On Thursday, I walked through most of the familiar places in Paris by myself. I did not do any photography on Friday, instead, spent the whole day at Musée d'Orsay. However, I did spend sometime at night to photograph the Arc de Triomphe. We flew back to Taiwan on Saturday, May 12, a short but compact trip!
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At northeastern and northwestern sides are two gilded wrought iron gates with ornate fountains by Barthélémy Guibal (1699–1757).
The Grand Route took us all the way to the old city gate of Loraine, Porte de la Craffe, built in 1463. We then turn to the east and walked through the beautiful Parc de la Pépinière and traced our footsteps back to the Place Stainislas to have breakfast and people watching. The day was la Fête de la Victoire 1945 in France and she had a new president François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande. It was about time for us to pack up and drive back to Paris.