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Today was the day I had to say goodbye to my wife Lois! Her visit to Paris was over and she had to return to home and work. Leaving her at CDG was an awful feeling. I took the train from the airport back into Paris and was going to get off at Gare du Nord and check out the tenth arrondissement. As the train left CDG I really got a sick feeling, how could I leave my wife and let her fly home without me, I did not like this scenario that was planned many months ago! As the train moved into the city my thoughts fought off the bad taste in my mouth and I started thinking about the week ahead, alone in Paris and work to do!

Watching Lois leave me at CDG airport!

Watching Lois leave me at CDG airport!

Watching the train schedule board at Gare du Nord.

Watching the train schedule board change at Gare du Nord.

The high speed train from London. We used it on our 2008 trip to and from!

At Gare du Nord we used the high speed train from London in on our 1998 trip to and from Paris, in 2003 we used the high speed train to and from Amsterdam!

Exterior shot of Gare du Nord!

Exterior shot of Gare du Nord!

A short walk gets you from Gare du Nord to Gare de l'Est! We love these stairs!

A short walk gets you from Gare du Nord to Gare de l’Est! We love these stairs!

These stairs are also in the Amelie movie!

These stairs are also in the Amelie movie!

5 minute walk from Gare du Nord and you are in Gare de l'Est!

5 minute walk from Gare du Nord and you are in Gare de l’Est! We used the Gare de l’Est in 1998 to transfer out to the Champagne Region and return.

Beautiful interior of Gare de l'Est.

Beautiful interior of Gare de l’Est.

Exterior of Gare de l'Est. Nord means North and Est means East, the direction these two trains head from their stations!

Exterior of Gare de l’Est. Nord means North and Est means East, the direction these trains head from their stations!

Across the street is the Jardin Villemin, a beautiful short cut to get to the Saint-Martin Canal!

Across the street is the Jardin Villemin, a beautiful short cut to get to the Saint-Martin Canal!

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A beautiful sunny day with white puffy clouds at the Saint-Martin Canal.

A beautiful sunny day with white puffy clouds at the Saint-Martin Canal. In 2003 we cruised the canal from the Seine on a two hour relaxing journey.

A walk back through the Jardin Villemin.

A walk back through the Jardin Villemin to the Gare de l’Est to catch a metro ride back to Montmartre!

The beautiful walk up the 140 stairs of the Abbesses Metro!

The beautiful walk up the 140 stairs of the Abbesses Metro!

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