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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 19th 2006

Hello Everyone, I start my spring semester tomorrow morning bright and early and so I thought I would ease myself back into the writing mode by putting up a little blog for you all to help get the kinks out of my typing muscles. I just had a surprisingly long break that lasted an entire month. But between two trips, finishing several papers, and getting really sick twice it didn’t feel that long. The break began with a four day trip to Amsterdam and Brussels. I fell in love with the fairytalesque architecture in Amsterdam as well as its friendly inhabitants and excellent food. The many rings of canals is like having 50 Seines and makes the city so beautiful. Other favorites of Amsterdam include the delicious pancakes, the Van Gogh Museum, and learning a little ... read more
Hot Chocolate in Barcelona
Me Kissing one of Gaudi' Reptiles
Barcelona

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 13th 2006

I arrived exhausted in Paris on Saturday. Nevertheless, I went out on my own and explored the City. I literally speed walked 26 km that day. I saw most of the major sites and ate the most amazing sandwich. Unfortunately it was very very cold. I could not wait to get back to the airport! ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 8th 2006

Paris. That’s the town for me. My first visit was love at first sight. I was smitten. I visit every year and return home with a horrible sickness that lasts for months, some call it “culture shock,” I call it homesickness. Gertrude Stein once said "Writers have to have two countries, the one where they belong and the one in which they really live. The second one is romantic, it is separate from themselves, it is not real, but it is really there." My second country is Paris. The passion was in my blood long before I was born, as the destination for my honeymooning parents, and it still beckons me even during the simplest, most ordinary of days. As an outsider and an insider, I see Paris differently than most tourists and certainly than most ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 4th 2006

Well, after about a two and a half hour sleep. Liz and I got up, we decided to get up later than planned because we weren't going to shower. Now, that may sound gross to some of my American friends, but it is customary over here to go a few days between showers. Although, it is different and I embrace and can tolerate it. It is not something I would ever choose to do freely. But, anyway (did you see that mom? ANYWAY!!!!), we got up very early to catch the metro to Lille Flanders. There we bought tickets to Paris. Are reasoning for leaving for Paris was two-fold. 1. Gives up the most time in Paris 2. it is cheaper. I think the latter outweighed the former though. So, tickets in hand, we waited for ... read more
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Louis XIV
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 4th 2006

Well I finally made it to Paris. Lugging 6 months worth of stuff around the airport was kind of tricky but it all worked out.... read more

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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 1st 2006

HELLO! It has been far too long and I am very sorry. That just means I have much to fill you all in on. It also means I will most likely just skim over a lot of the past few weeks and make some sweeping generalizations. At any rate, here we go! December, the good, the bad, and the wonderful Schoolwork was in abundance before our winter break but I made it! I wrote many a paper and even did a few oral presentations. I wish I could say my French was amazing but…. I went to the doctor in order to get my Student Visa to stay in France and had quite an experience! First of all it was bizarre being herded like cattle from one room to the next with complete strangers in a ... read more
Family at the ballet
Opera House
line at the bakery

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 30th 2006

This will likely be our last entry until we get back to the states and I can update it with what we did in Madrid the last 2 days. Just wanted to let you know that we are currently in Paris after another night train and just walking around gathering last minute souvenirs. We will both be home tomorrow evening and likely sleeping for 18 hours. Thanks to you all for reading and sharing your comments. It has been fun to read them all and keep you all up to date. Sorry this is so short but we are hungry! Talk to you or see you soon. Au revoir! Heather and Jenn... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 30th 2006

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 28th 2006

Bonjour! Before I begin: A word of warning. This post contains hideous & dreadful generalisations that are truly an outrage. It dribbles on and makes tonnes of condescending statements. Read on only if you have thick skin and a sense of humour. So after 3 months pluggin away in Reading working for the man (billg), I finally got the opportunity to pack everything into the backpack and head off for a much needed Holiday. Destination: Frances & Austria And boy oh boy did it feel good to get the backpack on again. I felt truly liberated as I started heading through the thick early morning fog towards the train station knowing that ahead of me lay nearly 3 weeks of stress free holidays. The first stop in my travels was suppose to be Biarritz in the ... read more
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St Martin
Bordeaux at Night

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 25th 2006

Paris Trip #1 I suppose I should start off this entry by stating that I love Paris! After we got a hang of the metro system (which is really not too complicated once you know where you're going), getting around the city was simple. Okay, I'll start from the beginning. We got to the train station later than expected (due partly to Erin running late, and then the bus taking a while to pick us up), probably around 8:30 for our 8:48 train time! The line for tickets went pretty quickly, and we got tickets for 13.50 Euros (because the office was not open to get the youth discount pass). We immediately got on the train and I was quite happy to be going somewhere (you can tell by the picture). We got to the Paris ... read more
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower 2
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