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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 19th 2005

...not much, really, but here are some pictures to enjoy. I played volleyball with a bunch of teachers at my school, and I was really nervous about it. As my dad said, "That sounds like it would be embarassing." But actually, for the first time in my life, I felt kind of athletic. I have a week and a half off of work starting Friday for All Saints' vacation. I will be going to more tourist sites in Paris, then heading off to Germany and Vienna with Chase Richards. Hopefully then the blog will pick up!... read more
Grave of former Hungarian official.
at the market.
Mounted police.

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 18th 2005

We slept a full 12 hours so were ready to go! We picked up a few goodies at our neighborhood patisserie and headed out. Our last trip to Paris was a week long so we got a Carte Musee and spent a lot of time at museums. I highly recommend this. Fair warning though - the Louvre is closed Tuesdays, and most other museums at least 1 day a week so plan your time carefully! However, this time around we decided not to repeat too much and opted for churches and gardens instead. Our first stop was Saint Sulpice - anyone, anyone?? It’s mentioned in the Da Vinci Code if you’re into that. There is an amazing sundial on one side with a line of brass that bisects the church floor. The sun shines in through ... read more
Courtyard
St. Sulpice Interior
Sundial

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 18th 2005

Got here yesterday to great weather. Took 235 photos, will try to post some tonight. At Bryan's suggestion took 3mg melatonin and it seems to work fine. Probably all in my head though. Went to the top of Notre Dame. Walked around and went to cafes. Berthillion is closed Mon and Tues, so we'll save that for tomorrow! You know we love it. Been struggling finding Wi-Fi (or Wee-Fee as someone here said). And web cafe wouldn't let me plug in laptop. Hey - I'm paranoid about key sniffing attacks, what can I say? We're outside a cafe now, but it's actually kind of cold today. Probably will just sack up and pay the 5euro/15min in-hotel access tonight to get some photos up. On to Luxembourg Gardens...... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 18th 2005

Now, I woudn't want you to think that we're jet setters or anything, but last night The White Stripes rocked Paris, and we were there... We found out about the show online and purchased our tickets via the internet using something akin to French Ticketmaster, without the extra charges! ; ) Anyway, we arrived yesterday evening in Paris and with a bit of detective work, helped by good 'net research ahead of time, we a) found our hotel, b) found the ticket office branch conveniently located on same block of our hotel, c) found the ticketmaster-like desk at the music-books-electronics store, d) picked up our prepaid tickets using combination of credit card/passport/secret confirmation code, e) found our way to the venue 'Le Zenith', f) found a seat (general admission for all 6,000 of us), and g) ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 17th 2005

In Paris there are not many street performers, but one of the popular activities is rollerblading around cups in a slalom. The cups are quite close together and there are all these different styles of traversing them; some fast and some slow. I was experimenting with the camera here a bit to try and capture the motion with blur. These guys all had iPods. I estimate over 75% of people in Paris with music players had iPod. They love it. These were taken on the South bridge to Notre Dame. We've added some more pictures to yesterday's post, so take a look at it again!... read more
Duner Kid
Groovin'
Bo Jangles

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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 17th 2005

Arrived in Paris at 10AM. Decided to take the RER (train) into town from the airport to save a little $$. Unfortunately we stood in a long line at the ticket machine before discovering 1) it didn’t take US credit cards and 2) it didn’t sell the kind of tickets we wanted. We got a 3 day Paris Visite pass which gives you unlimited usage of the Metro and RER. It’s nice to have a pass so that you don’t have to stop to buy a ticket each time you get on and calculate the exact ticket price for each destination. We headed for the hotel on the Ile de St. Louis first. We had walked by this hotel the last time we were in Paris (Feb. 2002) and decided we would stay there on our ... read more
St. Chapelle
Croque Madame
Gargoyles

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 15th 2005

Well, the weather here this week has been absolutely stunning- I've been out in skirts and tanktops almost every day. Today at last I may need a sweater, but I am still enjoying sunshine and a completely blue sky, much to my delight. This fabulous weather has encouraged me to explore the various gardens of Paris while they're glorious rather than in cold and rain which could happen any day. So last weekend I went with my friend for a walk along the Promenade Plantee which runs from the periphery of Paris in the 12th (very close to where I live) all the way over to the Bastille. It's essentially a promenade with lots of gardens and little parks but set up for walkers and rollerbladers and bikers etc.. It's really pretty cool because it's not ... read more
view from along the promenade
evening

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 14th 2005

As cliched and dull as it may sound Paris definitely lives up to its tag of being one of the gorgeous and magical cities that this world has to offer. Last time I left Paris, newly engaged I left with some sadness, sure that I would probably never see this enchanting city again for many, many years. So you can imagine my excitement when just short of four years later I found myself on the Eurostar on my 29th birthday whizzing through the English countryside en route to gay Paris. We couldn't wait until we got there for pastries and coffee so having filled out bellies we sat back and opened birthday cards and presents, only to look over to the couple in the seats next to us to see them doing exactly the same thing! ... read more
St Chappelle - a bit like the inside of a faberge egg!
Sun streams through the stained glass windows of St Chappelle
A market stall in St Germain de Pris - heaving with cheese, bread and saucisson

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 14th 2005

12th, 13th and 14th October 2005 Paris, France. Tour Day 1 Finally, after seven months of being in the near distance of it, I am able to say that I have been to Paris, France.....and it is spectacular! Stunning! Grandiose! But let me begin at the beginning; not with birth as Dickens once did, but at the conception of the trip. Having worked almost two whole months without a holiday (ah, but it's a hard, hard life), and with some misgivings on attempting foreign countries and even more foreign languages unescorted, I gave in to the hated idea of package tours and organised a twelve-day taster of Western Europe with a company called Topdeck. We set off early yesterday morning, leaving England via ferry from the famous white cliffs of Dover, which I am sorry to ... read more
The (Rainy) White Cliffs of Dover
La Tour Eiffel, all lit up!
View of Arc De Triomphe from the Eiffel Tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 12th 2005

It’s Wednesday night and I am tired after long days at school. It’s hard to fall asleep though, because every few minutes the street erupts with cheers and cars honking their horns. France is playing Cyprus in “football” and every male in Paris over the age of two is watching this match. I’m sure that about half of them at least are watching on the TV in the bar about a block down, so I might as well be watching too. In fact, during dinner tonight the table suddenly started shaking and there was pounding overhead; at this point, I thought maybe there was an earthquake but Victor informed us about the game and grabbed his plate to go sit in front of the TV. So now it France 3, Cypress 0 and the renowned French ... read more




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