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

Half a day of warfare 15/11/05 - The Invalides Hospital in Paris was originally built at the request of Napoleon to ensure his injured troops were taken care of. On the same site are the Musée l’Armée and the Tomb of Napoleon. The Musée l’Armée consumed most of my day; it has an incredible display of everything to do with warfare, arms, uniforms and armour. You can imagine, it is definitely the kind of museum that I could spend most of my day in, but perhaps not Lorenza (so a few days alone in Paris have a positive side). There was a section dealing with WWII that I found incredibly interesting, mainly because as a resident of the southern hemisphere I know a fair amount about the dealings Australia had with Japan during that war, but ... read more
Musée l'Armée 2
Inside that gold dome
U know who's tomb

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

Paris, "the city of love". It conjours images of wonderful and romantic goings-on... I don't know much about Paris. I went there to get some new climbing shoes and maybe have a bit of a look around. I will outline Paris in a nutshell and give a few key lessons to go with it. My arrival in Paris was a first introduction to an underground transport system. First Lesson: Keep hold of your ticket. If you don't have a ticket to leave at your end station, you may be unlucky enough to receive a 45 Euro fine! (Fortunately, it is a common enough error for first timers and if you go to the 'secret' underground office on Ligne 4 at the Les Halles station, they will happily refund your money...) Out of the underground and into ... read more
Guess where
No vehicle sex!
Autumn street

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 10th 2005

We got up at our usual time to eat breakfast, then we packed and checked out. It took us a long time to pack, but daylight’s saving time was on our side! We arrived at Disneyland a little bit after the park had opened, and we took Katherine shopping for a princess dress along main street. All week long, we had tried to get her to choose a costume for Halloween, but she hadn’t seemed the least bit interested. This was our last day, so Papa and I were really pushing the dress-up clothes. The shops aren’t very busy in the morning, so it was a nice time to shop. Katherine really got interested when we took her to the dressing room. She immediately fell in love with the Snow White dress. She wouldn’t try on ... read more
Pretty Princesses
Lost in Wonderland

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 10th 2005

Since I've been getting a lot of emails from concerned people, I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm fine in Paris. There have been riots for the past 14 nights in Paris suburbs to the north/ northeast of the city and in several other cities, but there is no danger in Paris itself. In fact, if I hadn't read the newspaper or gotten emails I wouldn't know anything is happening! I live in one of the southwest districts of the city, so I'm nowhere close to the violence. Really the only problems in Paris are along the RER line to the airport, a public transport like the metro. It also seems like everything is dying down a lot since car burnings over the past few nights keep dropping and the Prime Minister has now ... read more

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

Yay! Shellynne and I are agreed on an apartment for next semester! What fun that will be! Now we need to work on finding furniture and signing papers and all that fun stuff! And thank you very much to my wonderful mommy for helping organize this and taking the time to take care of me once again!... read more

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

Hello Everyone! I have received several friendly and concerned e-mails asking if I am OK in Paris despite the riots raging throughout France, and I just want to assure everyone that I am fine and that I don’t feel in grave danger here in Paris. So just to ease your minds and fill you in on what is going on I thought I might write something concerning this current event unfolding around me, though I highly suggest going to the news for more exact facts. Firstly, the riots are taking place in many of the « banlieues » or suburbs across France. These suburbs might be comparable to our inner cities in the US, except here in France the poor are forced OUT of the cities and into the suburbs for economic reasons. The riots are ... read more
the seine
Halloween
Halloween

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

Well I suppose those of you who read the news deserve some word from this end of the world. I don’t really know what to say. If you really want to understand the underlying psychology and attitudes, I suggest you rent La Haine, or HATE. I’ve seen it in Blockbusters and independent movie stores. I couldn’t believe when I read this in the New York Times: "This is just the beginning," said Moussa Diallo, 22, a tall, unemployed French-African man in Clichy-sous-Bois, the working-class Parisian suburb where the violence started Oct. 27. "It's not going to end until there are two policemen dead." New York Times, Craig S. Smith, published: November 7, 2005 There seems to be a very tit-for-tat mentality that was represented very well in that film. I warn that the film is ... read more

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

Am ajuns acasa Salut, Am ajuns acasa. Se pare ca am uitat sa publicam pozele de la Machu Picchu asa ca le-am dat publish abia acum. -------- Nous sommes arrivés à la maison. Il paraït qu'on a oublié de publier les photos de Machu Picchu et nous l' avons fait maintenant. C&C ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 5th 2005

Well it was an early morning start for myself, Liani and Heath. Up at 4.15am in search of a tube ride out to Heathrow Airport. After wandering through the tube station, watching a very drunk guy try to surf one of the signs and not crack his head, Heath checked the timetable and realised we were not going to catch our flight if we waited for the first train of the morning! So off we ran to try get a cab into paddington station where we could get the Heathrow express. We managed to grab a mini cab and the guy offered to take us all the way to the airport. This dude had been on all night and was wired - he did not shut up to draw breath! Heath and I chilled out in ... read more
Liani, Heath and I arriving
Sacre Coeur
Arc de Triomphe

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 5th 2005

After being in England for a couple of months we decided to take advantage of the cheap travel deals and booked our first mini break. We left Waterloo on the Eurostar at 7 am on Saturday morning and found ourselves in the centre of Paris only 3 hours later. Magnifique! Heres our take on the major sights in Paris: Arc de Triumphe - the crazy roundabout where the land of insurance companies is left behind for 'French combat driving'. Sure theres a big statue in the middle, but standing watching the cars hoping for a bingle is the real draw card. You have to go to the Louvre, and for good reason - it blows your mind. Enough said. We attempted to see the Notre Dame cathedral, but it requires hours of lining up so we ... read more
Dave outside building x in Paris
Nic on a bridge near The Louvre
The Louvre




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