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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 16th 2006

Paris has been great! I got here at 11am yesterday and walked around (with my huge backpack) for 5 hours until Bret came in. My shoulders hate me. So to ease the pain Bret and I figured we go to a local bar and have a drink. Well we met three french guys who quickly became friends. They knew very little english but some italian. So, with our spanish we could kinda communicate. We sat and watched a soccer (i'm sorry... football) match. It was the bartenders home team. Thank God they won b/c I think he would have closed the pub had they lost. It was fun to watch since they were so into it. After that they taught us a very complicated dice game (especially since we couldnt really talk to each other). No ... read more
Eiffel Tower #5
Our hostel

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 15th 2006

Another early wake up - as is the norm (7ish) - and then an entire day wandering the streets of Paris, trying to avoid the language barrier and eating at a little cafe. Saw all the big sites, including he Louvre Museum, which everyone agreed you could spend weeks in (it has 18km of corridors). There was some amazing artwork and sculptures in there, including the infamous Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo statue. We then headed down Champs Elysees, an amazing and rich main street (which looked unbelievable at night), towards the Arc de Triomph (massive arc structure thing). Climbed that 284 steps for more great views. Then it was on to the Notre Dame, which had another 200+ steps to climb for more views. All in all a completely packed day, which by the ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 14th 2006

Woke up 5 am, went to meeting place for the beginning of the tour. The rest just made the bus, by a solid 10 seconds (we were driving out of the place when they turned up). A few hours of driving, and we went to the white cliffs of dover (self explanatory) and then across on a massive ferry from dover to france. Another few hours more driving and a short break before we arrived in paris. Entered our hotel, unpacked a bit of stuff, then went on a tour around the city at night. This was quite cool, cause there was a ton of places to see and they were all lit up and looked fantastic. So we went around the place getting a short history of each building. As we went up to one ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 14th 2006

In keeping with our new years travel more.....we decided mid January that it was time for a quick weekend getaway to Paris, to visit some good family friends - the Cassellas. Friday 13th of January 2006 We caught the wonderful Eurostar to Paris Friday night to stay with the Cassellas.....I'm sure we managed to wake everyone (Chris, Cheryl, Nick, Carley and Lucy) upon arrival. Saturday 14th January 2006 We decided on quite a morbid itinerary for Saturday, the theme was.....dead people. We started by visiting Napoleons crypt. It was the centrepiece of an amazing church, and if you want to know more you are going to have to ask Carley or Cheryl, who were listening intently to the audio guide. Lucy and I couldn’t keep up with the audio guide but decided that this is ... read more
Napoleons Crypt
Napoleons Crypt
Chris touching the bones

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

We actually woke up on time this morning to get our complimentary breakfast of bread and coffee. This could be that we were both up at 3AM wide awake. After packing up our backpacks and storing them at the hostel, we headed up to the Sacre Couer, which is a beautiful and enormous church on top of the hill in Montmartre. It was quite a site and a great view. We lounged around inside the church for quite awhile, trying to find the energy to start the day and devise a plan to bypass the many men harrassing people on your aproach to the top of the hill. After finding an alternate route down the hill, we then headed to the Musee d'Orsay to check out some more art in an old train station and really ... read more
musee d'orsay
moulin rouge


Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 12th 2006

We possibly had too much to drink our first night in Paris, because we somehow slept through breakfast today. We blame it on our new french-polish friend Hans from the La Fourmi and our unhappy bartender who relunctantly served us another drink. Refreshed by an unexpected COLD shower this morning and free tickets from a generous french couple, we spent today at the Louvre (amazing and overwhelming). We are so resourceful that we were able to give our canadian friend, Kevin, a guided tour of the french sculptures because he was a bit lost. It could have been a ploy for his dinner invite, but we caught on quickly and sent him politely on his way. We encountered our first rude french person at the RER train station to the Eiffel tower, which Heather handled with ... read more
jenn with venus de milo
eiffel tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 11th 2006

Hey all. Just want to drop a line to let you know that we made it. Our very long travels warranted a long nap after we filled our bellies with parisian pizza. It just happened to be right across the street from our hostel otherwise we might of looked for something more parisian. We are now rested and showered and on our way out for some more grub and cocktails. No pictures yet, but it would of been fun to get a pic of us walking down the street with our 30 lbs packs. Lets just say that the complaining has already started, at least for me, and we have only been here less than 12 hours. We will write soon with better stories and pics. Au revoir!... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 11th 2006

After my semester ended in Granada I skied a day at the Sierra Nevada ski resort, just outside of Granada, and then took an overnight train to Barcelona. On that train I met a group of Australians who were also going to Barcelona, we hit it off right away so we got a Hostel together and spent the next two days connected at the hip. Barcelona was a really cool city. It was very large and busy, and pretty expensive. We visited the Picasso museum, the Sagrada familia, and the Park Guell. AND YOU HAD TO PAY FOR TAPAS!!! I was very disapointed. After Barcelona, my first stop was Andorra which is a small mountainous country on the Boarder of Spain and France. There was no tax in the country of Andorra so the streets were ... read more
Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 3rd 2006

The group transferred between hotels this morning, signalling the end of our Cosmos Tour. We made many new friends and were pleased our fellow travellers actually enjoyed the company of our school group. The group made their way directly to the Arc de Triomphe and began exploring/shopping on the Champs Elysee. This afternoon, the group explored the extensive Louvre museum. Highlights included the Mona Lisa, the painting of Venus and Napoleon’s apartment. (not to mention the free entry granted to students under 18). Most had very sore feet after trying to see as much of the collection as they could manage. It is so large, it apparently would take more than 5 weeks to view everything in the Louvre, spending just 10 seconds looking at each exhibit. We then continued to walk the Champs Elysee, Jardin ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 30th 2005

I can think of hundreds of reasons to explain why I love Paris so much. Paris is my dream city, and it is really like what it is in my dream. There are classical buildings,grand sculptures and the strong sense of arts. I spent only 2 days in Paris, but I felt so satisfied. I took a cruise down La Seine, and the extravagant scenery along the riverside would stay in my mind forever. I took the elevator up to the second floor of Eiffel Tower and saw the unbelievable view of Paris. But if I went there again, I would choose to go up by climbing the stairs at night. I paid a visit to Louvre, but I did not pay much attention to masterpieces there, although I saw them all. For a traveller who ... read more

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