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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 8th 2005

7:30- Use internal clock and get up with sun. Get ready in 10 minutes and eat long breakfast. Decide metro is far to easy, so we opt to urban hike Paris instead. 9:00- Race elevator up Eiffel Tower. Beat it no problem. 12:00- Start hike to Louvre. We would have swam the Seine, if we still had our swimsuits. 13:00- Re-fuel bodies with salmon sandwiches (or panini, or bocadillo, depending on your roots). 14:30- Battle tourists to get glimpse of Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa, only leaving a few casualties. 15:30- Prefer looking at French statues... in the unpopular area of the Louvre. Reuse the "I spot titties!" joke we heard earlier from a fat American passing a topless beach on the Riviera. 17:00- Urban hiked to Notre Dame to please grandmothers. Said a ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 7th 2005

Well, I wanted to go ahead and post the pics I've taken since the last post even though I haven't taken the time to write much. I promise I will actually write stuff to go with the pics I post soon. Until then however, a funny story: I included the picture of my meal at a McDonald's (which I've only eaten at like 3 times in 10 days . . . it may seem like a lot but it is actually much less than I eat fast food in Edmond, and I'm really trying to eat local). You would not believe how popular (and expensive) "American" things are here, whether French people will admit it or not. McDonald's is one of these things (also included in this category is the Gap, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, surfer ... read more
Eiffel Tower

Cathédrale Notre Dame
La Sorbonne

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 7th 2005

Finally I found time to squeeze in more trips to museums and have been to Musée Carnavalet in the Marais which is a beautiful building holding the History of Paris (!) a bit overwhelming but free so I'll go back for more later. On Saturday a friend and I went to audition for a choir only to discover they wanted a lot of money for dues and they were all English speakers so instead we went to Musée Pompidou, a brilliant choice. The view from the top of the museum is fantastic! It covers from the Eiffel Tower to Sacré Coeur and on the terrace there is a pond with beautiful sculptures. To add to our state of wonder there were Mongolian monks giving a concert on the plaza below the museum so their song floated ... read more
Centre Pompidou 2
Musée Pompidou
Pompidou Terrace

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 7th 2005

5:45- Arrive in Paris, read Metro map and Paris street map as if we designed city. Arrive at pub aka hostel. 8:30- Upon review of wash closet, shower is too sketch, they're over rated anyways. 9:00- Fuel body with pastry and cafe au lait. 9:45- Return to train station. Buy tickets to Switzerland for 6 euros. 10:00- Focused sight seeing begins: opera house? check. 10:20- Perform Elephant Love Song medley (with harmonies) outside the Moulin Rouge. Bypassers mistake us for 2 Nicole Kidmins. 11:00- Metroed to a closed Marche de Puces. 11:01- Turned our frowns upsidown and marched to Arc de Triumphe. 12:00- Choked down chicken panini. Made a few Orangina jokes, pronouncing the "gina" part of Orangina as if it had a "va" in front of it. Haha. 13:00- Catacombs. Made like Indiana Jones and ... read more
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catacombs

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 1st 2005

After many experiences of miscommunication I finally felt French today. I walked home from the subway from a hard days work (lunch in Monmartre with friends and decorating an friend's apartment) and as I walked I stopped and bought flowers for my room, a little baguette, cheese, fruit and wine. And as I walked it began to rain, so I just whipped out my umbrella and strutted home, it was pretty great. What were these miscommunications prior to my day of French perfection? I went to the grocery store for the first time to buy necessities for my place and filled up my basket to the brim. I got to the cashier and she looked at me like I was crazy. Not so kindly she told me I needed to weigh my fruits and veggies. This ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 1st 2005

Well, I just got an adapter so my computer will have power and I'll finally be able to post some things. Its almost 1AM here so I'm tired right now, but click "read full text" to see some pictures to start off my blog.... read more
the Hostel Residents
French Friends
My Bookshelf

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 29th 2005

I have found an apartment! I am living in this great neighborhood a 5 min. walk from Place d'Italie in the 13th. My situation is to live rather closely with a French roommate who is a financial analyst for RCA. She is GREAT. I moved in yesterday and there was a note on the door, which said "Welcome Home!" She sleeps on a futon in the living room while I have the bedroom, a bit odd yes, but working fine so far! She has had students from my program for the last 3 years and they all have left her fluent! Here's hoping. On my walk home from the metro there are the following vendors: bread, flowers, cheese, meat, fish, fruit and veggies, and a supper market!!! Perfect. I am out of the center of Paris, ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 27th 2005

The monkey is off my back! I finally got around to taking the big trip...Paris and Rome packed into a single week. Now I can get back to general weekend laziness and sleeping until ungodly hours of the mid-afternoon! So that I can light up both France and Italy on the little TravelBlog map, and so that both you and I don't get totally bored with an epic blog entry, I'll split the 'Big One' into two entries. Just to preface this whole massive 2-blogger of a vacation, let me first say that the last week was probably the most strenuous 'vacation' I've ever taken. Work seemed like a cake walk this last week... Saturday: Kat lands at noon in Schipol and we're off to Amsterdam to visit the Van Gogh museum. Really cool, but the ... read more
Quasi's Place
The Louvre
Mona Mob

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 26th 2005

iPod use #23: Light your way through a Paris apartment corridor by turning on your iPod screen. It seems hallways and stairwells in the apartment buildings I've been in so far stay completely dark until you hit one of the many switches that turn on the flourescent lights throughout the building. It was a little annoying at first and I almost cracked my head open going down some stairs where the light refused to turn on, but I appreciate and admire the conservation effort so much that I'm living with it. Besides, in a pinch, I have my wonderful iPod to help me out. I've been in Paris three whole days now. And I'm beginning to realize something... there are hardly any fat women here. It's like the fat gene has been selected out of the ... read more




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