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

Over the last three days we have seen a lot of famous sights; Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triumph, Notre Dame, and the Paris bike show, where we met the Vario Boys. We are having a lot of fun trying to decipher french and also find our way on the metro system(not so hard once your used to it) Our hostel is cheap, with cheap comes noise and bad breakfasts though we have been cooking our own meals at night to save $ and eat better. Take a look at the photos and we'll update soon!... read more
Our room at Paris
At the Louvre, Napoleons Appartment
Amanda at the Eiffel Tower

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

So i am sitting on the train which was supposed to leave Paris at 10 19, but left at 11 36 instead. Aside from the actual delay of the train, there was also a security scare which resulted in the terminal being evacuated and dogs sniffing everyone’s butts. Usually, I am not one to panick about things like that, but when I started to see security personnel running through our terminal and telling us to evacuate in French, it did speed up my hear rate a bit. Anyway, so I just got served champagne on the train (thanks to my grandmother who loves me enough to get first class for me). Time for my four thoughts on Paris: 1. Overall, Paris is a great city to visit with loads of things to do, and if you ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 1st 2005

30/9/05 - The RER Affair Right this minute I am exhausted - I have just spent about 4 and a half hours trying to get from Paris Gare de l’Est (rail station) to CDG Airport and back, just to drop some bloody suitcases off - who had that bright idea? We met my sister Marg, husband Rob (lots of Rob’s in this blog) and their two children, Thomas and Courtney, at Gare de l’Est. They had taken the train from Strasbourg and it would be our only chance to meet up while we are all in France. So, Rob (the husband) decided it would be a great idea if Rob (the blogger) helped him take most of the luggage to their hotel. Meanwhile the others would wait for our return in a café. Well, it was ... read more
Savate 2
Savate 3
Savate 4

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

I know that I still haven't posted pictures of my dorm, but it is because every time I try the computers here for some reason just can't do it. So today I brought my laptop down to the computer room and plugged it in (wireless internet access is still a new thing in france, i can't get any from where i live). Hopefully more pictures will come with this post... Well, things are finally starting to work out here in la France. I received my teaching schedule - All day Monday, Tuesday, and two hours Friday afternoon. It's really not so bad. Now I am beginning the arduous process of finding another job, and since I don't have my residence card yet, it seems that finding a job will be even trickier. I spent all day ... read more
The Flagship Sephora...
The grand arch of la Defense.
Part of Notre-Dame.

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

The last night in Munich was spent at the theater (just me--Alan's German isn't quite up to it) and it was another amazing experience. Most of you have heard me comment on the German's peculiarities in adopting everything classical (thank God, not the Rosenkavalier) to a modern mise-a-scene. This time it was an 1895 Hauptman play 'Before the dawn'--about very rich German capitalist's family's exploitation of the Silesian coal workers. Well, would you believe it, they changed it to a German family in Bali, quite conscientiously and beautifully, and the exploitation of the seamstresses (Nike, outsourcing, etc). and it really worked! The alcoholic, incestuous clan was contrasted with a dear, articulate and ineffective radical, a friendship left over from student days. Sad, that the comment was so prescient and so useless, at least in practical terms--I ... read more

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

So it turns out my program headquarters (where I'll be taking 2 classes each semester) is only a couple blocks from the Luxembourg garden! Of course, there are gardens all over the place, but I still think this is especially nice. On warm days (which are becoming more and more rare) I've been going into the garden to have my lunch and have derived much joy from the experience. One day, I went and sat by the petanque courts and watched a game. That was of course fascinating. The oldest man on the court appeared to be both respected patriarch as well as the butt of some joking. He had a magnet on a string to pick up his petanque balls so that he wouldn't have to bend over to get them (who knows what ... read more
the boats' trustee navigators
juice-box wine

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

Well we got the train to dover and visited the castle and cliffs there. lovely. This morningwe got the ferry to Calais and then two trains and two metro's to Paris. After getting lost on the metro we arrived safe and sound in our hostel. We stay here four nights and have a room to ourselves so Amanda and i are happy! Amanda says congrats to Laura & Tom on their baby. Having no english around us makes things much more interesting but we have managed to get bread, water and a pizza with bad French. Tomorrow we head to the Louvre to see stuff. We'll add some photos and stuff when we get to a computer that we can upload from. untill then, Au Reviour (i think) ... read more

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

27/9/05 Tuesday - I now have the grand distinction of having succeeded in having my Uncle and myself ejected from the Basilique du Sacre Cour! I am sure this is a world first, which I am very proud of. We went to Montmartre and took a browse through some shops, then a coffee below Sacre Cour. Lorenza decided to look at more shops, while Uncle Robert and I took a look at Sacre Cour. There was a Mass in progress and very obvious signs indicating that photos were not permitted. I discreetly took the cap off the lens of my camera and snapped off a pic, but alas the security folks are very vigilant and they spotted the movement of my zoom lens from many metres away. So, the security guard obviously did not recognise Uncle ... read more
Sacre Cour 2
Suckers
Coffee & a beer with Pa

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

I am currently in Paris. My mind and body is completely exhausted....no, not from running around to places and speaking a different language. It is from these two women that I feel like I have been dragging all over with me and pushing through metro stops and telling waiters that they dont want tomatoes on their food and trying to explain the way to say the word "merci." The only peace I find is when I drop them off at some gift-shop-concentrated areas where the unbrellas depicting Monet's garden and Eiffel Tower shaped wine bottles are abundant.... a.k.a old lady paradise! Then I go off on my own. I have been around the Sorbonne and Latin Quarter in the afternoon twice now, and I think it's my favourite spot. Sitting in cafes writing or wandering around ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 27th 2005

Winnie and I are master chefs! I guess just being in the general vicinity of the greatest food in the world has been enough for us. Who needs to take classes when the talent is innate? Ok, maybe we are not THAT good, but we did make an incredible quiche and yummy salmon the other night. It was really funny actually, we looked up all these words that the recipe had and still had no clue what we were doing. We had to “blonde” the crust, which we took to mean make it golden brown, and it also called for a seeding of the zucchini….we ignored this, do people really seed zucchini or just the French? Regardless, our improvisations and interpretations resulted in a fantastic creation that I can only hope to replicate again later. Winnie ... read more
Building on Miromensnil
Detail of Building on Miromensnil
Ile de la Cité




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