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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 27th 2006

Day 5 begins. Today was my museum day. Some people don't like museums, I do. The Louvre was a must see for me. The Louvre As I said in an earlier blog, this time of the year Paris is not too crowded. It only took us about thirty minutes to go through the security checkpoint in the pyramid of the Louvre, and purchase our tickets on the main floor. A little tip: there are automated ticket machines that have much shorter lines than the regular ticket booths, but they only take 5's, 10's, and 20's. I had a 50 so I had to stand in the long line. I'm not going to say much about the Louvre. With over 30,000 individual exhibition pieces, I couldn't even begin to describe a fraction of what there was to ... read more
The Louvre
The Louvre

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 26th 2006

Cimetiere de l'Est du Pere Lachaise Day 3 begins. Our first stop this morning was the famous cemetary Pere Lachaise. It was rather close to our hostel, so a short walk took us to the cemetary. We didn't go in at the main entrance, but in one of the side entrances. We actually tried to enter in one place that just turned out to be a small park, but we eventually made it inside. The entrance we used was rather strange. After turning down a normal street, we were confronted with a wall at the end of the street. Set in the wall was an open door with stairs leading up beyond the door. Not really knowing what to expect (all I knew before going in was that the cemetary was well known, it was close ... read more
Pere Lachaise
Pere Lachaise
Pere Lachaise

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 26th 2006

Ah Paris. Paris is the type of place that you must sigh about when you recall your time there. Paris is exactly what you expect it to be, and yet you're not disappointed at all. We arrived, somewhat sleepy and sore from our Venice train ride in the Gare Bercy. For awhile I didn't know where we were, Bercy is that insignificant. But we eventually worked out which Metros to take to get up to the Gares du Nord and d'Est. So we schlepped our stuff to the Liberty Hotel- and I use that term loosely- and left our stuff in a corner behind the front desk. Then we went in search of cash and breakfast. We found a ubiquitous BNP and then found a boulangerie where I bought some croissants and something with apples in ... read more
Sacre Coeur
The Eiffel Tower
Money shot #1

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 25th 2006

First Impressions OK, so day 2 in Paris begins. You should know that so far I really hadn't seen much of Paris. It's hard to get an impression of a place from a train, or Metro, or the 300 meters you walk from the Metro to the hostel. So when I woke up on Saturday morning, I was ready to go see some sights. I figured that the best way to start would be to get on the Metro, and get off in the middle of Paris. So, I picked the "Invalides" stop as our jumping off point, since it was close to the Eiffel Tower. As we were walking to the exit of the Metro I started getting excited. What would be waiting for us when we got outside? Would we be able to see ... read more
To the Left
To the Right
The Eiffel Tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 24th 2006

Introduction We had a short holiday at Gent University, so some friends and I decided to spend a long weekend in Paris. It was a much needed mini-vacation. The weather in Belgium was getting tiresome, and Paris was a much needed breath of fresh air. I took over three hundred photographs over the course of the trip, but I've only posted some of my favorites on the next few blogs. I have broken the trip up chronologically, and spread the photographs out over four journal entries. I hope you enjoy reading about this guy's first visit to "The City of Light". But first a short disclaimer. Who am I to write about Paris? Paris has been the subject of poetry and prose by many authors much more talented than I. My intention is not to provide ... read more
Team America
Our Train
The Thalys

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 19th 2006

Hello Everyone, I start my spring semester tomorrow morning bright and early and so I thought I would ease myself back into the writing mode by putting up a little blog for you all to help get the kinks out of my typing muscles. I just had a surprisingly long break that lasted an entire month. But between two trips, finishing several papers, and getting really sick twice it didn’t feel that long. The break began with a four day trip to Amsterdam and Brussels. I fell in love with the fairytalesque architecture in Amsterdam as well as its friendly inhabitants and excellent food. The many rings of canals is like having 50 Seines and makes the city so beautiful. Other favorites of Amsterdam include the delicious pancakes, the Van Gogh Museum, and learning a little ... read more
Hot Chocolate in Barcelona
Me Kissing one of Gaudi' Reptiles

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 13th 2006

I arrived exhausted in Paris on Saturday. Nevertheless, I went out on my own and explored the City. I literally speed walked 26 km that day. I saw most of the major sites and ate the most amazing sandwich. Unfortunately it was very very cold. I could not wait to get back to the airport! ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 8th 2006

Paris. That’s the town for me. My first visit was love at first sight. I was smitten. I visit every year and return home with a horrible sickness that lasts for months, some call it “culture shock,” I call it homesickness. Gertrude Stein once said "Writers have to have two countries, the one where they belong and the one in which they really live. The second one is romantic, it is separate from themselves, it is not real, but it is really there." My second country is Paris. The passion was in my blood long before I was born, as the destination for my honeymooning parents, and it still beckons me even during the simplest, most ordinary of days. As an outsider and an insider, I see Paris differently than most tourists and certainly than most ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 4th 2006

Well I finally made it to Paris. Lugging 6 months worth of stuff around the airport was kind of tricky but it all worked out.... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 4th 2006

Well, after about a two and a half hour sleep. Liz and I got up, we decided to get up later than planned because we weren't going to shower. Now, that may sound gross to some of my American friends, but it is customary over here to go a few days between showers. Although, it is different and I embrace and can tolerate it. It is not something I would ever choose to do freely. But, anyway (did you see that mom? ANYWAY!!!!), we got up very early to catch the metro to Lille Flanders. There we bought tickets to Paris. Are reasoning for leaving for Paris was two-fold. 1. Gives up the most time in Paris 2. it is cheaper. I think the latter outweighed the former though. So, tickets in hand, we waited for ... read more
Louis XIV

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