Day #145 in lockdown Mumbai, India hotel…Two days and counting until our new site is “live.”…Winding down photos and time spent in Paris.

When we finally had a relatively clear night we got this shot from the balcony in our hotel room in Paris in 2014.

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Today’s photos are from the post from August 15, 2014, while in Paris, France. See the link here for more photos.
Many historical buildings line the boulevards.

It was wonderful sharing our photos of Paris during our 16 days in the City of Light. Tomorrow, we’ll wrap up the last of those photos and share our total expenses, as we then move on to the next 16 days spent in London, after traveling on the Eurostar from Paris.

As we walked down a side street.

On Monday morning, our new website using WordPress, as opposed to Blogger, will go live before noon. It will be an entirely new learning curve for me after spending over eight years using Blogger.

As the proverbial food voyeur, I’ve always reveled in looking at pastries, especially in Paris.

After going through the instructions from our web developer, it appears to be more complicated than using Blogger. However, while continuing in the lockdown this seems to be the best time for me to learn to use it with few distractions, other than my hourly walks.

Good thing I can’t eat any of this. We’d have spent a fortune and I’d have gained so much weight I wouldn’t fit into my clothing. As it turned out, we each lost a few pounds while in Paris.

As a result, Monday’s post may be uploaded later than usual and may not include many photos while I spend most of my time on a learning curve. No doubt, I am a little apprehensive about getting the first post uploaded. Surely, from there, I’ll learn more and more each day.

In our travels, we’ve often tried to stay close to water such as the River Seine which is walking distance from our hotel. In London, we’ll be within walking distance of the Thames River.

If, for any reason, I am unable to get the first post uploaded on Monday, please check back later in the day or on Tuesday while I continue to work on accomplishing it.

Renovations on an archway over the River Seine.

We’re just about ready to wrap up the photos from our time in Paris in 2014 which, coincidentally, will be completed tomorrow (Sunday for us), leaving Monday’s post content up in the air for the new site.

A street view of the restaurant we visited on Tuesday night that we’d yet to post.

We’ll make sure we don’t miss posting any important photos from our trip on the Eurostar (aka, the Chunnel) from Paris to  London in 2014. It was quite an amazing experience, we’re anxious to share once again, especially for our new readers who may not have seen it the first time around.

We loved this scene as the sky became blue.

Otherwise, all is quiet here. With the monsoon season occurring at this time, it rains almost every day, sometimes torrential, with accompanying thunder and lightning. We see endless news stories about floods throughout India and nearby in Mumbai.

A bee was inside this flower working on the nectar in the pistil.

Part of the ceiling at the end of a corridor that I walk many times each day is crumbling and the carpeting is wet. The hotel’s maintenance staff is working on repairing this issue using powerful fans to dry the carpet, flooring, and ceiling above. Based on the almost constant rain, it’s hard to imagine they can repair the original source of the water leaking into the building from an outdoor overhang. 

This was the window in a tailor shop we spotted on one of our long days of walking.

Right now, the entire country of India and the city of Mumbai are wrapped up in managing COVID-19 which is raging like wildfire. Yesterday showed the highest number of new cases in one day in India at 65,609, more than anywhere in the world. 

These “hop-on, hop-off”  tourist buses are a good way for those who prefer not to walk, to see many of the sights of the city. We’d intended to do a three-day pass, but with the rain on and off almost every day, we never booked it, fearful we’d pay and then be stuck inside the bus.

Yesterday, there were 990 new deaths, the third-highest in the world after the US and Brazil. The total number of deaths in India since the onset of the virus is 49,134, in fourth-highest position in the world after the US, Brazil, and Mexico.

Dogs are allowed in restaurants in Paris.  This well-behaved guy was next to us one evening during dinner.

India is locked down as tight as possible, but many aren’t observing the laws by social distancing and mask-wearing, as seen in many other countries throughout the world. When will this ever end? 

A rose growing near the entrance to a bridge.

In the interim, we continue to work in order to maintain a positive frame of mind while focusing on staying healthy and fit.

May all of you stay healthy and fit!


Photo from one year ago today, August 15, 2019:

“The Gefion Fountain is a large fountain on the harbor front in Copenhagen, Denmark. It features a large-scale group of animal figures being driven by the Norse goddess Gefjon. It is located in Nordre Toldbod area next to Kastellet and immediately south of Langelinie.” For more photos, please click here.


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