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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 15th 2005

Well, the weather here this week has been absolutely stunning- I've been out in skirts and tanktops almost every day. Today at last I may need a sweater, but I am still enjoying sunshine and a completely blue sky, much to my delight. This fabulous weather has encouraged me to explore the various gardens of Paris while they're glorious rather than in cold and rain which could happen any day. So last weekend I went with my friend for a walk along the Promenade Plantee which runs from the periphery of Paris in the 12th (very close to where I live) all the way over to the Bastille. It's essentially a promenade with lots of gardens and little parks but set up for walkers and rollerbladers and bikers etc.. It's really pretty cool because it's not ... read more
view from along the promenade
evening

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 14th 2005

12th, 13th and 14th October 2005 Paris, France. Tour Day 1 Finally, after seven months of being in the near distance of it, I am able to say that I have been to Paris, France.....and it is spectacular! Stunning! Grandiose! But let me begin at the beginning; not with birth as Dickens once did, but at the conception of the trip. Having worked almost two whole months without a holiday (ah, but it's a hard, hard life), and with some misgivings on attempting foreign countries and even more foreign languages unescorted, I gave in to the hated idea of package tours and organised a twelve-day taster of Western Europe with a company called Topdeck. We set off early yesterday morning, leaving England via ferry from the famous white cliffs of Dover, which I am sorry to ... read more
The (Rainy) White Cliffs of Dover
La Tour Eiffel, all lit up!
View of Arc De Triomphe from the Eiffel Tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 14th 2005

As cliched and dull as it may sound Paris definitely lives up to its tag of being one of the gorgeous and magical cities that this world has to offer. Last time I left Paris, newly engaged I left with some sadness, sure that I would probably never see this enchanting city again for many, many years. So you can imagine my excitement when just short of four years later I found myself on the Eurostar on my 29th birthday whizzing through the English countryside en route to gay Paris. We couldn't wait until we got there for pastries and coffee so having filled out bellies we sat back and opened birthday cards and presents, only to look over to the couple in the seats next to us to see them doing exactly the same thing! ... read more
St Chappelle - a bit like the inside of a faberge egg!
Sun streams through the stained glass windows of St Chappelle
A market stall in St Germain de Pris - heaving with cheese, bread and saucisson

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 12th 2005

It’s Wednesday night and I am tired after long days at school. It’s hard to fall asleep though, because every few minutes the street erupts with cheers and cars honking their horns. France is playing Cyprus in “football” and every male in Paris over the age of two is watching this match. I’m sure that about half of them at least are watching on the TV in the bar about a block down, so I might as well be watching too. In fact, during dinner tonight the table suddenly started shaking and there was pounding overhead; at this point, I thought maybe there was an earthquake but Victor informed us about the game and grabbed his plate to go sit in front of the TV. So now it France 3, Cypress 0 and the renowned French ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 11th 2005

This weekend I went to an art opening in the Palais de Tokyo. This thing was huge, with each room representing a different theme. The exhibit didn't seem to have a cohesive theme in itself. One room was devoted to the Rolling Stones, one was devoted to paintings with glitter, one (huge) room contained a dimly lit Marilyn Manson-wannabe concert, and several other rooms were by invitation only. The sidewalk and road in front of the Palais de Tokyo was completely filled with peoples' scooters. It was crazy and fun. After that, I went to a cafe in Montmartre with my American friend Mark and my French roommate Laetitia. It was so much fun - this cafe was very difficult to find. We had the address on the recommendation of some German friends, but the walk ... read more
close-up
this was the glitter-paint room
nutella ice cream!

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 11th 2005

Bonjour Tout le Monde! Testing, testing. How do we like the new travel blog concept? I think this will be easier for me to use than the mass e-mail list. This way I don’t feel like I am imposing my life on you all, but at the same time you can check out what I am up to. Hopefully it will also make me feel more comfortable blabbering on about what is going on for me ... so just check out my site when you feel like seeing what Winnie is up to! I start classes this week. Up until now I have been taking a French grammar course that was from 2 - 5 PM. The past week I had no class and so I took a trip down to the south of France. My ... read more
Regatta near Cannes
Kt
Alysse, me, Kt

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 11th 2005

Its taken me a while to get online. After several failed attempts, I figured out that the numbers along the top of the keyboard do not work, so the computer would not accept my password! This morning I tried the numbers at the right--bingo! Now that Im finally on, Im struggling with the different keyboard. Wouldnt you know it: some of the most common letters and characters are interposed or put in awkward places! I havent yet found an apostrophe. Some highlights of Paris: the food, of course! Street food is so good too. On Sunday, Robin and I shared a gyros that included frites. I watched the man pile lettuce, tomatoes, donner kebab meat, frites on top of a pita and wondered how we were going to eat it. He skilfully formed it all into ... read more

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

I got back at a reasonable hour on Saturday and Chantal my roommate asked me if I wanted to go hiking on Sunday. She said it wouldn’t be too long and was supposed to be a beautiful day so I of course agreed. Chantal had said it was going to be 30 kilometers but since she said it was going to be short I figured that my math skills were slipping because 18+ miles wasn’t a light hike in my opinion. She is a part of a hiking club that goes every Sunday and they meet at some train station in Paris at a specific time and then hikes for the day and comes back before too late in the evening. It turns out she was right the hike was 30 km (18.6 miles!!) and so ... read more
Lunch break
Chateau
Chateau Break

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

"Oh shit! Sorry mate!" I mean "Pardon monsieur!" This is me on the metro in rush hour in Paris with my huge pack on my back knocking French lads left right & center! We stayed 3 nights in Pari (the french don't like to say the letters at the end of words) and it was great, so many famous things to see. Mum booked a heap of stuff back in AUS before she came, which was great. So for 2 days we had a bus tour but u could get on & off when ever you want and catch the next bus when your done lookin. The buses went everywhere & there where heaps of them (if your in Pari do it for sure, only 25€). Day 1 was Notre Dame, we climbed 20 million stairs ... read more
Notre Dame
A  gargoal
Night tower

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

Tuesday we were “stuck” in their house because the train and busses were on strike so we took the day to catch up on reading and went for a walk down to the beach and wandered about the area. Actually it was really nice to just take a forced breather. The transportation issue was counterbalanced on Wednesday when we were really spoiled rotten because Cindy said she was willing to drive us some place we couldn’t get by train so we went to St. Paul de Vence to see the Foundation Maeght which is a museum that has a very small permanent collection of works but when we were there the focus was on prints, it was really interesting and some of the works were fantastic. We then walked around the perched city, which is really ... read more
 Streets of St. Paul de Vence
 Streets of St. Paul de Vence
St. Tropez




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