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Europe » France » Île-de-France July 27th 2014

Friday 11th July This was my 2nd trip to Paris having visited a week ago but for only two short days. This time instead of staying in a hostel I chose to Airbnb my own tiny apartment in a funky area called Menilmontant. The flat was situated on a street filled with cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, galleries and music venues making it interesting and exciting but of course very noisy at night (lucky for me Dad had given me some ear plugs just for this type of emergency). The apartment belonged to Thomas, a musician in a rock band. He met me at the apartment, quickly showed me everything I needed including my own toilet that was located outside the flat in its own room in the hall. The toilet proved an interesting find as it ... read more
Catacombs - Run away from god?

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 27th 2014

So I was a little bummed I had to leave Berlin, but I figured since I'm not in Europe often, it would be amazing to see Paris. I took an 8 hour train ride to France to stay for two days, the day of my birthday and the day after. Pretty cool way to bring in my birthday...:) So my first "real" train ride was definitely an experience. I had no idea what to expect. I was thinking it would be more like an airplane ride, but really I had no clue. I ended up sitting in the wrong seat, and some last yelled at me in German to move (whoops) So I sat in my correct seat, and made myself comfortable. I'm happy I got a window seat because WOW it was an amazing view. ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 25th 2014

. I spent a lot of my Paris time looking at paintings in the galleries, but our course was call ‘In the Footsteps of the Impressionists.' It literally gave us the chance to walk, sit and paint where these famous painters walked, sat and painted. Montmartre Recalling his younger days, Picasso said "We will all come back to the Bateau-Lavoir. This is the only place we were ever happy." (1945) At the beginning of the twentieth century Picasso shared digs with a group that included Juan Gris and Modigliani at 13 Rue Ravignan, Montmartre. On account of the personal washing drying on its swaying structures Max Jacob dubbed it the ‘Bateau Lavoir’ (Laundry Boat). Before that time Toulouse Lautrec, that notorious drunk, rolled down the steep streets to The Moulin Rouge and sketched the ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 22nd 2014

Siste kvelden i Paris spiste vi en finere middag og delte, til og med, en dessert. Dette er vår siste dag på reisefot sammen (for denne gangen). Senere på kvelden har vi lagt i sengen og sett på bilder, mimret og snakket om de fantastiske folkene vi har møtt på turen. Vi er heldige som har hatt mulighet til å reise på en slik tur. Det er også helt utrolig at det er gått 3 uker allerede, samtidig som at vi har gjort så mye at det er vanskelig å tro at vi har gjort alt på bare 3 uker. Nå sitter vi igjen med blandede følelser om hjemreisen. Det kommer til å bli så deilig å komme hjem til egen seng, privatliv, til å ha klærene i et skap og hjemmelaget mat. Likevel blir det ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris July 21st 2014

På toget til Paris fikk jeg meg en liten beundrer. Ved siden av meg satt nemlig en mor med sønnen sin på fanget. Han var rundt 1-1,5 år og var veldig ivrig til å se på og leke med meg. Og mer enn en gang prøvde han å gå fra morens fang til mitt. Da vi nærmet oss Paris fikk jeg vite at Synnøve hadde avtalt med Austin og Ron, de to amrerikanerne vi lekte drikkeleker med i Praha, at vi skulle møte dem kl 18. Så då begynte stresset! Først fant vi ikke minibank på togstasjonen, og for å si det sånn er ikke togstasjonen liten. Så vi løp opp og ned, fram og tilbake og så etter minibanker. Til slutt viste det seg at det ikke var noen minibanker inne på selve togstasjonen... Etter ... read more
Og så spiser vi Paris også


Europe » France » Île-de-France July 21st 2014

We staan vroeg op en vertrekken naar het station waar we in de TGV naar Parijs stappen. Tijdens de treinreis val ik in slaap waardoor ik wat versuft op Gare du Nord sta in de volle zon. Op het station merk ik de drukte al. Ik had me nog wel voorgenomen hier nooit meer naar terug te gaan. Ik wil niet teveel uitbreiden over Parijs, omdat ik mijn blog graag netjes wil houden. We hebben geen stempel omdat je daarvoor de Notre Dame in moet, waar een twee uur lange rij voor staat. Wat een rotstad. We hebben maar een trein naar Tours gepakt uit wanhoop, waar we weer in een Ibis verblijven.... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 15th 2014

July 15 - Paris - Wendy and I are starting to wind down, as she is leaving tomorrow to meet up with Ed and I take off the next day for friends and Dijon. But today is one of the highlights of our trip, something we started working on just after getting our plane reservations, and that is lunch at the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. This is a Michelin One-Star restaurant, so food and service are both guaranteed to be wonderful. The weather promises to be good, so we put on our dressier duds and head out on the Metro (yes….) for our engagement. We arrived on time and got in the queue, where they verify you have a reservation. We couldn’t believe that there were actually two families, that came up separately, ... read more
Going up
The view toward Montmartre
With our desserts

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 15th 2014

I am so incredibly happy to be in Paris. To me, this city is the heart of Western Europe, I could come back here time and time again. It is an absolutely spectacular city with new adventures and old friends around every corner. The majority of my time in Paris was simply spent walking for hours around the city (in the rain most days) just to explore it. Unfortunately Paris did not start off on the best note. Our train in London ended up being delayed for two hours! We didn't get to our hostel until after midnight. What a long day! However, Eurostar was very kind and accommodating and even refunded half the price of our tickets. The hostel we stayed in was a chain of hostels called st. Christophers inns. It's not bad, very ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 14th 2014

Bastille Day - July 14- Paris - Being here, in this city, on this day, has been one of my dreams. Kevin had been here four years ago with Harrison, but I couldn’t and was very jealous. So, HERE I AM! Two major events are on the schedule for us today - the Parade down the Champs Elysee and the fireworks from the Eiffel Tower tonight with the Lauder family, or most of them. Firstly, the parade. It was a military parade. Of the French military. OK, I can hear the sniggers…what military? So, JUST STOP IT. There were big guns with women at the helms, and little tanks, with men driving them. And there were firemen, and policemen, and ambulances. And there were fly-overs by planes and helicopters. And the President came down the street ... read more
Are there words

Europe » France » Île-de-France July 13th 2014

July 13 - Paris - So, here we are in Paris, on a Sunday, it’s kind of rainy and we are shopped out. What are our options? MUSEUMS! High on our list was the Museum of Decorative Arts, behind the Louvre. It is probably the only museum in the city that doesn’t open until 11:00 AM but that was ok. We got there a little early and were able to access the gift shop, which was very nice but very expensive. We could only meander so much and then we decided to go to the entrance of the museum. The guards were very keen about their jobs, and loved being a little hostile about anyone standing within 5 feet of the door. Luckily, they decided not to take on the older foreign ladies. When they allowed ... read more
Baked avocado
Chocolate fondant... again
Wendy's tarte au pomme

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