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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 22nd 2005

I just got back from my second « run » since I have been in Paris (there are some that prefer to call what I do « jogging » but I like to humor myself and think of it as running). My heart feels like it is about ready to shut down, my lungs are screaming and my head hurts - I think I must be out of shape ! Justin, Marshal and Dad are here and run the steps up and down the hill of Sacre Coeur - so they inspired me to test out my all to white, hardly broken in tennis shoes that I brought from the States. So, consensus is that the Berkeley fire trail wins hands down over the running experience in Paris. But, it did feel good to get ... read more
Rue de Rivoli
For Sally! Nain bleu
street at christmas

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 21st 2005

Bonjour, ello, etc It's still Erin here... I'm sure Dan will be making a guest appearance sometime in the near future on his own blog. Paris was tres bien. However, we both thought not as good as you'd think it'd be, the way people keep banging on about it. On our first night (how tragic) we did our laundry. No, but really it was getting pretty bad. In Neustadt we said we'd do it in Berlin, in Berlin we said we'd do it in Koln... you get the idea. So, after we'd worked out the bizarre French laundromat system, and had satisfied ourselves that no Frenchies were going to pinch our soapy knickers, we decided to nick off to the pub for a pint or two. A few streets away we found a place that had ... read more

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

hi all i am in the paris airport where i will wait for the next 18 hours until my flight back home tomorrow. i will try to update again with my final thoughts and basically where i have been for the last 2 weeks without updating....sorry! love you all and i will write when i get a chance. ... read more

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

Including her adventures Watching Swan Lake at the Opera Climbing the Eiffel Tower Seeing the Mona Lisa Looking for the hunchback of Notre Dame Wandering the streets of Paris for hours & attending a wine and cheese party ... among others After my amazing day wandering through Montmartre, I jumped back on the Metro and headed to Bastille station to meet Armelle after work. I arrived a little early, so I wandered through the outdoor market that had been set up for Christmas, and watched some kids on the carnival rides. I bought a deliciously hot folded savoury pancake from a street vendor and ate it while walking. I also spent a while attempting to ask many people in French where I could find a public toilet. Apparently these don't exist in the area (either that ... read more
Waiting to Climb
Carousel
Statue

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 16th 2005

As I stepped wearily off the 7009 Eurostar from London to Paris Gard du Nord, my eyebags looking and weighing like the luggage I struggled through the gates with, I had the distinct feeling that on this trip Paris would offer more than she ever had before. I was greeted by a familiar smile and a warm hug, and happily handed over my luggage to Aleem before we sped through the streets and Metro lines of Paris (or rather, he sped and hazily I followed) until we arrived at the hotel : Pavilion de Paris - a contemporary place, with a feng shui feel, somewhat out of the ordinary amongst the classic French buildings that surrounded us. Anyhow, I was only too glad to rest and munch on the complimentary chocolate orange left on my pillow. ... read more
who said paris wasn't romantic?!
out on my lonesome
Polaine

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

This morning, to my surprise, the front page of the International Herald Tribune contained a NY Times feature based in La Courneuve. This is the city in which I teach. So, if you desire a journalistically-written account of my last entry, here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/12/international/europe/12suburb.html Check out that picture of Sarkozy grafiti: there is nothing that the immigrant population likes to discuss more than their hatred of their interior minister. Anytime I want to get my students talking, I just start talking about him. They immediately just spill out into angry French shouting, and I try to get them to translate it. He's a detested figure in these areas. Tonight, on my tram ride back to the metro, a homeless man just started screaming, "Sarkozeeeeeeeeeee" out at everyone. If only I had my camera with ... read more

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

Bonjour monsieurs et mademoiselles, Paris has the most tourist attractions in the world, i swear. We went to see the Eiffel tower, the arc du triomphe, notre dame, the institute of france (where they make sure their language is not taken over by us aussies...the english language will prevail!), champs elys es, pantheon, bastille, and the invalides (built as a home for invalid soldiers who were made to beg as their families threw them out of the house). All excellent places and will show photos when I return (there are too many to put on here). Ciao... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 11th 2005

So here's the other fun and exciting news in my now quite "regular" life in Paris. I decided to go get a haircut with my friend Danielle. We chose a little salon run by this wonderful character of a woman, already recommended to us by another friend. I'm very much enjoying the new look and am constantly tossing my hair about as only a woman with a brand new haircut can do. It was great because it wasn't your run of the mill salon, but rather a funky little place where she'd also sell you purses with buttons, bags in the shape of corsets, or big fake jewelry. And besides her assistant, we were the youngest people there. Plus all the other customers were clearly regulars. 3 older women passed through while we were there, one ... read more
the cuts
that night
with will !

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 11th 2005

So, just in case you all were starting to get suspicious, I must admit that, despite the general trend of my entries so far, my life here in Paris does not consist exclusively of sightseeing. The majority of my time is spent within the walls of the Lecoq school where I continue to discover and take delight in new things every day. Then I spend a good deal of time in my program classes, which take up 3 afternoon/evenings a week. So of course to balance the amount of work I'm doing, I've had to make great efforts to do as much playing. Fortunately, I have lots of friends to help me out with this. As I would like to note the visitors I get, this first picture is of me and miss Monique, who came ... read more
good times
la musica

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

Here is a belated entry in regards to the riots and working in the suburbs. As many of you probably know, the rioting took place in the parisian suburbs. The layout of European cities is quite different from that of most American ones in that the nicest, most expensive areas are in the city center, and most of the suburbs tend to be the cheaper, slum sort of area. While I live on the Ile Saint Louis In the middle of Paris, I travel to the northern suburbs in the Seine-Saint-Denis area to teach at my high school in La Courneuve. The different between these two areas is remarkable. The minute I step off the metro in La Courneuve, I see a completely different side of France. The buildings in La Courneuve are not beautiful, not ... read more
one of the apartment buildings
better view of La Courneuve
four of my students.




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