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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 12th 2006

We possibly had too much to drink our first night in Paris, because we somehow slept through breakfast today. We blame it on our new french-polish friend Hans from the La Fourmi and our unhappy bartender who relunctantly served us another drink. Refreshed by an unexpected COLD shower this morning and free tickets from a generous french couple, we spent today at the Louvre (amazing and overwhelming). We are so resourceful that we were able to give our canadian friend, Kevin, a guided tour of the french sculptures because he was a bit lost. It could have been a ploy for his dinner invite, but we caught on quickly and sent him politely on his way. We encountered our first rude french person at the RER train station to the Eiffel tower, which Heather handled with ... read more
jenn with venus de milo
eiffel tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 11th 2006

After my semester ended in Granada I skied a day at the Sierra Nevada ski resort and then took an overnight train to Barcelona. On that train I met a group of Australians who were also going to Barcelona, we hit it off right away so we got a Hostel together and spent the next two days connected at the hip. Barcelona was a really cool city. It was very large and busy, and pretty expensive. We visited the Picasso museum, the Sagrada familia, and the Park Guell. AND YOU HAD TO PAY FOR TAPAS!!! I was very disapointed. After Barcelona, my first stop was Andorra which is a small mountainous country on the Boarder of Spain and France. There was no tax in the country of Andorra so the streets were lined with high-end clothing ... read more
Eiffel Tower
Notre Dame
Louvre

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 11th 2006

Hey all. Just want to drop a line to let you know that we made it. Our very long travels warranted a long nap after we filled our bellies with parisian pizza. It just happened to be right across the street from our hostel otherwise we might of looked for something more parisian. We are now rested and showered and on our way out for some more grub and cocktails. No pictures yet, but it would of been fun to get a pic of us walking down the street with our 30 lbs packs. Lets just say that the complaining has already started, at least for me, and we have only been here less than 12 hours. We will write soon with better stories and pics. Au revoir!... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 3rd 2006

The group transferred between hotels this morning, signalling the end of our Cosmos Tour. We made many new friends and were pleased our fellow travellers actually enjoyed the company of our school group. The group made their way directly to the Arc de Triomphe and began exploring/shopping on the Champs Elysee. This afternoon, the group explored the extensive Louvre museum. Highlights included the Mona Lisa, the painting of Venus and Napoleon’s apartment. (not to mention the free entry granted to students under 18). Most had very sore feet after trying to see as much of the collection as they could manage. It is so large, it apparently would take more than 5 weeks to view everything in the Louvre, spending just 10 seconds looking at each exhibit. We then continued to walk the Champs Elysee, Jardin ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 30th 2005

The final day of our trip was our visit for the kids to Disneyland Paris. The weather was the worst day of our trip which was OK considering we're coming home tomorrow and we actually had more opportunities to be inside than some of our other days. We're glad we had such nice weather for most our D-Day touring. Disneyland Paris is much like the Magic Kingdom or Disneyland CA, though slightly smaller. We have a couple of pictures of the castle and Diana with Minnie and Mickey, but we're having trouble loading them now, so we'll try once we're home. One advantage of this resort being newer than its US counterparts is that the rides are all newer and better. Space Mountain here (called Space Mountain Mission 2) is much more exciting than those in ... read more
Diana with Mickey
And with Minnie

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 30th 2005

I can think of hundreds of reasons to explain why I love Paris so much. Paris is my dream city, and it is really like what it is in my dream. There are classical buildings,grand sculptures and the strong sense of arts. I spent only 2 days in Paris, but I felt so satisfied. I took a cruise down La Seine, and the extravagant scenery along the riverside would stay in my mind forever. I took the elevator up to the second floor of Eiffel Tower and saw the unbelievable view of Paris. But if I went there again, I would choose to go up by climbing the stairs at night. I paid a visit to Louvre, but I did not pay much attention to masterpieces there, although I saw them all. For a traveller who ... read more

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

We had a restful morning then headed back on the train to Paris, but not before a picture of Deb and Diana outside our unit. We started the day with a visit to the Military Museum and Napoleon’s tomb. The museum was very large and we focused our attention on a few time periods, especially a new World War II exhibit they have. Will can be seen posing in front of a room of armor. I found it interesting how the museum tries to explain the Vichy French and why they cooperated with the Nazis rather than fighting like the Free French. After completing the visit by seeing Napoleon’s tomb and having some lunch, we were off to Notre Dame. There was quite a crowd there and we had to wait a few minutes to get ... read more
No shortage of armor
Yuletide Notre Dame
More Notre Dame

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

French Wine, New York Crowds and Minnesota Weather The steel wheels are screaming against the cold rails propelling the Eurostar at over 100mph as it streaks across northern France on its 2.5 hour journey to London. Inside the train we hear very little of the noise. The ride is smooth. The scenery is much like that of our Midwest. Soon, we’ll be slipping under the Atlantic in the tunnel that takes us to the United Kingdom. We are not overly sad to be leaving Paris. It’s a beautiful city but very similar to New York. It’s crowded and the people, like in any large, crowded city, can be brusque. In short, it lacked the warmth and romance of Italy. We only had 1.5 days in Paris and most of our time was spent along the Champs-Elysees, ... read more
Along the Champs-Elysees
The Museum d'Orsay
Marc , Paul and the Arc d'Triomphe

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

Matt: Bonjour! One of the more annoying things about living and working in London is working in London - it really gets in the way of the living! With just six weeks of annual leave, seven public holidays and ten “sick days”, any time away work cannot be wasted! And so it was that just ten hours after finishing work, Ed and I lumbered into a cab at 5.30 in the morning bound for Heathrow and Paris… The night before, we had taken my dad (who had been staying with us for a few days on the way back to Oz from Ireland) out for Indian and a couple of drinks which meant that we hadn’t had a chance to pack. This meant that our 5.30am departure was preceded by a 4.30am alarm, three presses of ... read more
Eiffel Tower
Galleries Lafayette
Petit Palais

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 28th 2005

We got up early to leave our cottage and head to Paris and again to find some snow falling. It made for a treacherous first 45 minutes of our drive, but then we left the snow. We were happy to reach the Marriott vacation club near Disneyland Paris and able to get into our room. The modern unit was a marked change from the quaint cottage! Our unit is a two bedroom townhome on two floors with two and a half baths. They look new and although more "American" have French furnishings. We regrouped and headed to the Disney property and the train station to go into Paris. After parking at the Disney village, we couldn’t pass up lunch at Planet Hollywood before taking the train. After lunch and a 40 min train ride, we exited ... read more
Dining at the Disney Village
La Tour Eiffel
Lights on the Eiffel Tower




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