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

Bonjour mes amis ! Well it is almost Christmas and I can’t believe how quickly this semester has flown by. I am so glad to be staying in France for a full year, and would be very very sad right now if I had to think about leaving Paris. In June I will probably go through some sort of emotional crisis as I try to prepare to leave. But until then, I am thoroughly enjoying Paris and feel like I have so much more to explore and so much more French to learn. This weekend I went to Nîmes with many of the students in my program. Nîmes is about 3 hours to the south of Paris on the TGV (which is the Train Grand Vitesse - or super fast train in France). Part of the ... read more
View from my bedroom
Inside my Apartment
Pont de Gare

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

Well life in Paris continues on quite splendidly. I had a “midterm” last week along with a paper and other work that seem to be piling up on me. From time to time this becomes too overwhelming and I don’t know what to do so I go see movies. I saw “Harry Potter” again on opening night here, which was quite a thrill! The theater was huge and on the Champs Elysées. The Champs Elysées is all decorated right now and every tree is strung with lights and so that in and of its self was great. And then the movie was even better with French subtitles! It was funny to watch and hear the French people respond to the French characters who are in this movie. They all clapped and whooped and hollered when it ... read more
canal or a river, couldn't hear the guide
Pont au Gard
Pont au Gard 2

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 3rd 2005

Well well well... Where to start on Paris? Im just going to put it out there. Paris was the most filthiest, rudest and downright disgustingest place I have ever been to in my life. Lauren and I are in total agreeance of this. People spit everywhere, pee on the streets, accost you for money or are just plain rude to you. It seems over here to say 'pardon' once you've already shouldercharged someone is perfectly acceptable. I honestly am still in shock that Jennifer Hawkins had said that Paris is her favourite place to go - maybe she just never leaves her 5 star hotel? All I can say is no wonder Paris didn't get the 2012 Olympics. Best decision the IOC ever made!! Well since we had such a shit time in Paris I will ... read more
Eiffel Tower
Armed and Dangerous
Mini me

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 3rd 2005

Great day today...the sun was out, the temp warmed up a little and I was out of the hotel by 9am. Went to the Musee d' Orsay today. This is a great museum with a lot of impressionism painting and awesome sculptures all laid out in a beautiful building which used to be a train station. One of the amazing things is that most all the paitings are within arms length. We're talking Monets, Manet's, Renoir's, Van Gogh's, Cezanne's, Degas....etc...all within a foot away and nothing to stop someone from just ripping them from the wall. Sure, you'd spend some time in jail, but if you really had a wild hair and wanted to, this would be the place to go on a rampage. And they let you take all the pictures you want without using ... read more
The main hall in Orsay
Eiffel Tower at night

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 2nd 2005

Caught the subway and went to the Louve today. When they say you need a full day for this one, they mean it. The Louve is this huge...I mean really huge Museum. It covers blocks and blocks of Paris real estate. With 4 levels to get lost on, there's really no way to even sprint through the place in one day. The building itself is a work of art and wonder.... Mostly, I wondered where the hell I was. The painting of the Mona Lisa is most popular as you see small directions pointing to her location through the various buildings. She's bigger than a bread box but not by much. Considered the most popular painting in the world, the entire painting is no larger than 1 foot and a half wide by about 2 and ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 29th 2005

So these pictures are actually from several weeks ago when the cold here first finally hit. I went to the Palais de Chaillot which hosts the Musee de l'Homme to see an exhibit on birth, "la Naissance" with my friend Danielle. Aside from the creepy life-size doll of a nanny, reminiscent of wax figures that always weird me out, who stood at the entrance pivoting at the waist and darting her eyes side to side, the exhibit was pretty cool. there was everything from smell samples of different birthing environments at different time periods (hospital 1890 v hospital 1960 v home) according to what sterilization methods were used at the time, to the history of midwives (who in french are called "sage-femme" which i love) to the story of the placenta in different cultures, etc. Anyway, ... read more
being bundled
a better view
in the wind

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 29th 2005

My Love Hate Relationship with Paris !!! Sorry about the shortness of the last entry, as the keyboards are one of the many things I did not like and also went wrong while here!!! This place is probably one of the 10 places in your life you should go to, but I understand how some people could have a love hate relationship with this place. It changed for me like every minute!!! Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the trip. Item 1. Freaking Cold Weather We were unpleasantly surprised to see the some of the coldest weather I have seen anywhere this year; colder than at home! I could see my breath, my gloves were NOT warm enough and the cold just went straight through my pants…Love Paris: 0, Hate Paris 1. Item ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 26th 2005

Well, everything in Paris is different, from the keyboards to the language to the absolute beauty of the city!!! I have to say that I have never been to a place like this before. Our flight to Paris started with a 45 min bus to Barcelona Girona Airport, at 3am, ouch, followed by the CRAZIEST Ryan Air flight ever. Everyone was crazy rowdy, it was a definite party plane and the stewardess had to yell at some crazy spaniards. Ryanairs motto is the "On time airline..." Were they ever!!! We were into Paris 20 mins early.. When does that happen? Tired, we also had to ride another bus from Paris Beauvais to Paris Metro... The things you do for cheap flights!!! Anyways, we get into Paris, and its -5°C out here... Nice... The first stop was ... read more
Ah Paris....
The style in Barcelona

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 25th 2005

Hey everyone... Well, I survived the Canibus Cup, toured some windmills, had a wonderful time eating cheese and waffles, hung out with some of Baller's colleagues in the red light district, and loved all of Amsterdam. Now I'm settling into Paris. So... Paris is a sexy, alluring, mysterious, and wonderful city. It is so big, it would be impossible to see it all... and I never really have any idea where I am, so I've inadvertently seen some parts over and over and over... But it's a fun city to get lost in. There are so many old, beautiful, gothic buildings crying out with history... everywhere I turn, I'm stumbling upon a grave or a tomb in memory of someone important... a story waiting to be told. How many Napolean's are buried here anyway??? It's incredible ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 23rd 2005

It has suddenly become cold here in Paris. The seasons here change so differently - literally in one week! France doesn't have a big fall with leaves changing like many parts of the United States. Instead, usually the weather instantly changes from warm days to cold days. I can't complain though - I am still loving in this city. My job challenges me, as I don't think I am made to be a teacher, much less a teacher in a low-income school. I've had some interesting experiences throughout this month. My school is located in La Courneuve, directly in the suburban area afflicted with the riots. To everyone who emailed me: thanks for all your concern. I am going to write about the riots soon. I had a hard time knowing what to say when they ... read more
Galleries Lafayette
Ceiling of the Galleries Lafayette
Skulls in the Catacombs.

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