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

Every day is a venture off into some new area by foot or with local buses to see the city sights. When tired and hungry, I find an interesting café for lunch. I’ve been eating very well but walking it off. The food is mostly a joy to indulge in—have not been disappointed yet. Some places are better than others but all of it is pretty good. Until today, I had not been to a museum as I'm not anxious to wait in mile-long lines. Went to the Marmottan, which holds the largest collection of paintings by Monet. A few other impressionists are thrown into the mix. Some of the paintings were disappointing until I learned he was going blind in later years. Much of it was amazing and there was a Gaugin that I fell ... read more

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

As an etudiante de francais, I looked forward to Paris a great deal. I went there with a fear of the French because, well, being an American I expect everyone to hate me abroad. The Parisiens we met were very nice to us, including the cab driver, the hotel workers and the waiters, possibly because we spoke French and are not your typical asshole, ethnocentric Americans, however crappy our accents may have been. We thought we were lucky because we stayed in the first arrondissement and literally one block from the Louvre. I would much rather have stayed in the ninth, though it is the prostitute district and home to the Moulin Rouge, because it was much livelier than the first. (We had the Louvre. They had the Musee de l'Erotisme, a museum dedicated to centuries ... read more

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

Sorry i forgot to mention that i have a new phone number. It is 07758308796. its pretty exe to call me and it costs me 60p a minute to recieve calls so il probably try to call you using my phone card i got from australia. Au Revoir!... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris May 23rd 2006

final leg of my trip and i must say it will be sad to go. meanwhile i am super excited to be in paris! the new hostel i am at is good too, unlike the milan one. i dont think i am that picky, just some little things can get youdown, like no toilet paper/seat, and mirrors set too high so i can only see my forhead. short jokes aside that is a big much. tonight i am going to the eiffel tour, and apparently some guy parachuted off it last week? crazy, and me without my own chute! lunch with larry garber tomorrow and the latin quarter, exciting... i am still rusty with my french, i walk around and name things to myself to practice. le internet. bon!... read more
Light show
Paris
Cupid and Psyche

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris May 23rd 2006

Paris. First destination in Western Europe after London. It sounds kinda sad doesnt it? Been in London for over 2 months now, but this is actually my first time venturing into another eu country. I could only afford the bus, so got myself a euroline return ticket for £38, which was quite alright i think. I like taking euroline buses. The fun part was the ferry from Dover across the English Channel to Calais, then on the way back, taking the ultra long train which probably fits at least 50 vehicles in it via the channel tunnel back to UK. Neva seen anything quite like it before. Met up with Pascal, who was kind enough to provide accommodation. His 'lover' (it's a french thing...and they never say 'fuck', it's always 'making love' even tho they're fucking ... read more
Tour Eiffel
Tour Eiffel on 2nd tier
Montparnasse n Ecole Militaire from Eiffel

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris May 23rd 2006

Well we are here for our first day in the land of the french!! Frist and foremost... we are having fun! We decided to orient ourselves to the city by doing a city bike tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours. These guys are in Berlin as well and we had a great time there, so we decided to give them another go. It was great! We started at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower (so pretty) and went all around, to the Louvre, the Assembly Nationale, lots of important bridges over the river Siene, Arc de Triumph(sp...sorry), Ecole Militaire (where Napoleon went), and we stopped at a very Parisian cafe for lunch. C'est trés bon! J'aime ma crépe avec la jambon et le fromage...and dan had one with mushrooms, cheese, and ham- he says yum. Afterwards ... read more
Bike Tour
Bike Tour
Eiffel Tower park

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris May 23rd 2006

Well It's the end of our first day here in Paris France. The trip was extremely long and tiring. Getting out of the airport and to Paris was really confusing but everyone who worked there was very helpful. As a matter of fact most of the people here are very nice. Most people here can speak good enough english to understand what I'm saying. Today we saw the Eiffel Tower; it was just like the pictures I've seen and it sits on a really neat park that was packed with school kids. It was really different to actually see people using parks because back in San Diego you never really see kids outside playing anymore. Our hotel is really cute and you can see the very top of the Eiffel Tower from our room. My feet ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris May 22nd 2006

Last Friday, our plans to rent a car and drive to Sevilla for the weekend were sadly thwarted by the dieties of manual transmission. Tracie and I had been planning on this excursion all week, but I say "planning" in the loosest sense of the word. We hadn't actually gotten around to making those important reservations to rent one of the three automatic cars to be found in Madrid. Walking home from the travel agent, tails between our legs, we soberly considered other options for a weekend holiday. We investigated trainfare to Sevilla. Expensive but doable. Then we realized: this is Europe. We don't have to stay in Spain. We could fly somewhere! Why not spontaneously board a plane to Rome? Or Venice? Or London? Or Dublin? Or Lisboa? Or Berlin? Or Paris? Yes, that's it, ... read more
Buenas Personas
The bird whisperer
Crepe maker at the Eiffel Tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris May 21st 2006

paris was paris! lack of enthusiasm just about summed it up i think. much walking and sight seeing but nothing to fantastic. Eaten too much bread!... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris May 20th 2006

For the first two days, my internal clock was way off. I was sleeping when everyone else in Paris was awake and staying up all night. I've stayed pretty close to the hotel just trying to get adjusted. What I have done a lot of is walking. Each day, I try to take a different route to get to know more of the city. I figured out the bus system enough to take some of the routes to get see some of the above ground sites. The metro is great for getting around but you don't see anything. This one bus I took, went past the Bastille, through some N. African, mid east neighborhood, past Notre Dame and out to the Eiffel Tower, where I got off to find some lunch. This little cafe/bar on a ... read more




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