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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 28th 2015

Here are some pictures that I took during my first two days in Paris. The first few pictures are from Dublin the night before flying to Paris.... read more
Dublin
Dublin
Front of Customs House-Dublin

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 24th 2015

My second stay in Paris came after touring the D-Day sites. I brought the train back into Paris from Bayeux and made my way to the Champs Elysees. I walked along the famous avenue and admired the size and the many different people that I passed. I made my way down the road toward the Arc De Triompe. I was surprised at the size of the Arc. I had no idea exactly how large it was until I was standing across the street from it. Also watching the traffic drive around and weave in and out was amusing. Of course the area around the Arc was packed with tourist and with lots of tourist comes scammers and pickpocketers. I had an encounter with one, but I was well aware of what he was trying to do. ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 23rd 2015

The first stop on my travels for my midterm break was Paris. I flew out of Dublin to Paris on Friday the 13th. I was able to make it from the airport to my hostel without any technology, my phone didn't work during my travels, and only getting lost for a brief couple of minutes. My first night in Paris, I had dinner at a bar on the corner down from the hostel and then went for a little walk. I stayed right by the Louvre so I walked around the museum and then made my way to The Place de Concorde to watch the dazzling light display on the Eiffel Tower that happens every hour. The light display was very nice and it got me out and walking a bit of Paris. Only later did ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 25th 2015

OK, so I am finally getting around to posting some of the photos of Paris before we head out of Paris for the south of France part of the trip. It's actually hard to organise because we have been in and out of Paris many times since December as it has been our family base and not taken many photos as we feel less like being tourists here. It has been lovely to see Herve's parents again and have so many amazing meals by Dina (Herve's mum) and other family members and it has been fun to practice our rudimentary French and just stroll around everywhere in La Varenne (where Herve's parents live in the Paris suburbs) and Paris centre-ville of-course. For this blog I have posted pictures of family and food as the two seem ... read more
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Rene and Lauren with pizza
patisserie

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 20th 2014

Today was my last day in Paris, and I have to say - I was quite sad. Like Vienna last year, I seriously did not expect to enjoy this city as much as I did. Elissa posed the question to me yesterday: "Rome or Paris?" I was surprised when I quickly answered: Paris. It was a no brainer. The people were surprisingly friendly, the food was fantastic and authentic, it was easy to navigate, and it was just a wonderful feeling - a city where you actually feel you can live. This morning, I decided to get a hearty breakfast since I'd had no dinner. I went to the St Germain-des-Pres church area where there was also supposed to be a Christmas market. I walked through the market stalls on my way to locate breakfast - ... read more
Montmartre
Fish market in Montmartre
View of Paris

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 19th 2014

I slept in a little later today and waited for my friends to set a meeting time. And waited. I decided to walk around the neighborhood a bit to grab a bite to eat and see if I could find the Christmas market here. I wound up getting turned around a few times and headed back; I also did not like my ham and cheese panini thing. I only ate a third, but it was enough to satisfy me for now. I finally met up with them at the Louvre. I guess we kept missing each other there; it was pouring rain and Chris had been walking around looking for me for about twenty minutes while I waited to try to catch them if they walked by. In that time, I saw the line triple in ... read more
Christmas Market on Champ-Elysees
Excellent Italian Restaurant
Musee Picasso

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 18th 2014

Today I thought I would walk a different direction and head to the Montparnasse 56. Its an observation deck, on the 56th floor and also you can go up to the roof on the 59th floor and view Paris from above. After a small 3 kilometre walk, a packet of churros, and a walk through LaFayettes gallerie, I head to the observation deck. In 38 seconds we hit the 56th floor where you are greeted to have your photo taken by professionals, and this is definitely worth it, I then wander around taking photos of beautiful Paris. The way this city is set out is amazing. Every main street, there is an icon at the other end no matter how far in distance, and some icons actually are at each end. You can see everything. I ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 17th 2014

Today was the second day of my big bus tour. The day was very overcast and was raining, but it didn't stop me from heading out to do some sight seeing. Off I walk to the bus stop about 1.5km from my hotel, and board the bus to see the things I didn't stop and see yesterday. Some pictures might be the same as yesterday, but different directions. I am glad that I did, as there was so many sights that I missed on the first day. First stop was the ballet theatre, and also the Christmas markets, and of course some Vin Chaud to drink to warm me up. I then boarded and my next stop was at the Eiffel tower again, but this time at the arts museum, and took some amazing pictures from ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 16th 2014

Early start today on day 2 in Paris, with the exciting thought of the Eiffel Tower. And what a fine day it is. A 1.5km stroll own the road, to Notre Dame first. Wow, I never imagined it to look this big. After photo's outside, I went inside. It was spectacular, the glasswork, the alter and just everything about it gave me excitement. It was open for all sorts - praying areas, confession areas, nativities and of course all the seating looking up at the alter. After a good hour in the Notre Dame, I brought a ticket on the BigBus to do sightseeing at major landmarks around Paris. So much to see and not a lot of time to see it all, so the bus was perfect. My first hop off was of course the ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 15th 2014

Arrival into Paris a success after a delay in flight from Bordeaux, and then a taxi strike, not permitting buses to the Airport terminals also. So onto the train I hop. Hopping off on the underground station of Luxembourg, and onto Rue Gay Lussac where my hotel is. Checked in, unpacked and went out for a walk. The Luxembourg gardens were very open, and relatively bare for the area they lay upon, but still very nice with statues and fountains everywhere. The Jardin Du Luxembourg was quite long as well. Over yonder was the Palais Du Luxembourg Senat - this place had quite a few military and security around it. I walked around the building until I got to the other side where there was the Luxembourg Museum, where they were showing paintings by Manet, Monet, ... read more
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