Blogs from Paris, Île-de-France, France, Europe - page 7


Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 5th 2014

Heute bin ich in das Städtchen Melun gefahren, in dessen Umgebung sich das Château de Vaux Vicompte befindet. Ich bin also nach dem Frühstück zum örtlichen Bahnhof und über Nanterre Université und Gare de Lyon nach Melun gefahren. Das ist ein Stück weit im Südosten von Paris. Der Reiseführer hatte das dortige Schloß empfohlen. Am Bahnhof von Melun angekommen, hätte ich beinahe nicht den im Reiseführer beschriebenen Bus zum Schloß als solchen erkannt. Aber das ging gerade noch gut. Mit dem Bus bin ich dann ein paar Kilometer gefahren und bin dann am Château angekommen. Das Ticket war zwar etwas teuer (16,50 Euro), aber egal. Das Schloß ist sehr sehenswert und liegt in einem schönen Park. Es beinhaltet auch ein Schlafzimmer des Königs. Und es hat im ersten Weltkrieg als Lazareth der Franzosen gedient. Als ich ... read more
Das Schloß von vorne.
Im Schloß. Ich habe mir jetzt nicht gemerkt, welcher Raum, welcher ist.
Im Schloß.

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris October 4th 2014

Heute bin ich morgens über Stuttgart nach Paris gefahren. Aber nicht ohne zuvor im Starbucks am Münchner Hauptbahnhof noch einen großen Kaffee zu trinken (White Chocolate Mocca Venti mit Sahne :)). Die Fahrt verlief völlig problemlos. In Stuttgart war ich in der DB Lounge. In Paris angekommen bin ich am Ostbahnhof in die U-Bahn und zum Bahnhof St. Lazare. Dort bin ich übrigens drei mit Sturmgewehren patrouillierenden Soldaten begegnet. Da fühlt man sich doch gleich viel sicherer. Von St. Lazare fahren die Vorortzüge nach Asnières-sur-Seine ab. Dort habe ich bis Freitag mein Hotel. Es ist in der Nähe des Bahnhofs und ganz ok. Die Zimmerpreise sind allerdings, anscheinend wegen dem Pariser Autosalon, erheblich in die Höhe geklettert. Also ich habe hier definitiv kein Luxushotel gebucht. Nach dem Einchecken und dem Bezug des Zimmers habe ich noch ... read more
Mein Hotel für die nächsten Tage.
Gemischter Grillteller im Restaurant.
Danach noch ein Käseteller. Fast etwas viel.

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 20th 2014

First stop for our final bit of Ireland was breakfast at D'Lush Cafe in Wexford. Then found our way to drop the hire car off and were driven back into town by the hire car guy for our 12noon train. He asked if we knew about the Jill Maher murder, which of course we did...being from Melbourne. Next thing he's asking us about Home and Away - apparently he prefers that to Neighbours. Certainly not an ideal representation of Australia!! :( :( Also, in Dublin's Temple Bar area, I was asked to take a photo of a group of lads who started saying "skippy" and mimicking a jumping kangaroo, upon realising we are Australian. Somewhat hypercritical of me to complain as we've spent much time saying things like "to be sure, to be sure" and "potatoes, ... read more
Our ferry
Oscar Wilde - our ferry's namesake
LeeLee perfume

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 20th 2014

Up early and full of beans - made our way straight to the Eiffel Tower only to be disappointed by the already very long queues. Thankfully they moved quickly and we were at the summit before we knew it. The views were breathtaking - Paris really is a beautiful city. After pushing through a sea of people to get a lift down to the halfway point, we decided to take the stairs down. My legs were shaking like jelly for at least an hour afterwards. Once down, my first coffee for the day was in order - managed to converse entirely in French...was pretty proud of myself :) :) A lot of touristy sites are on The River Seine so we followed it all the way down to Notre Dame, stopping for pictures at the Louvre ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 16th 2014

When we arrived in Paris on Monday August 4th, we headed straight to the place we were staying for the week and napped. After we woke up, we had a relaxing afternoon, walking around the islands in the middle of the city and along the banks of the Seine. We ate ice cream and walked through parks before enjoying crepes for dinner, then sat by the river until we were ready to head back and go to sleep. On Tueaday, we got up in time to go on a free walking tour of Paris in the morning. We started by the Saint Michel fountain and then walked around the Latin quarter, an artsy but touristy area of the city, and walked down the narrowest street in Paris. We saw Notre Dame, the Chapel St. Louis, the ... read more
Notre Dame 2
Notre Dame
The love lock bridge

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 10th 2014

They say all great things must come to an end and our vacation to Paris ends after today, sure I'll miss the taste of warm buttered crossiants, sitting at the sidewalk cafe enjoying beautiful 70 degree weather, walking down the sidewalk looking at boats go down the Seine River and of course the cognac. Since today is our last day we decided to just enjoy the day and soak it all in, today we would go up to Montmartre to see the Sacre-Coeur Basilica and then to the Champs-Elysees so my wife could do one of her favorite things in the world, shop for makeup. It was a beautiful day so I got up and got us some breakfast then we ate, relaxed in the room before we decided to head out on today's journey. We ... read more
Beautiful view of the city
Mrs. Woods at Sacre-Coeur
Close up shot of Sacre-Coeur

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 7th 2014

Day 2 in Paris is going to be a busy day, we're going to Musee du Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and Notre Dame, luckily their all located in the same general area but before we hit the streets of Paris, a proper French breakfast is in order. The weather is great, its about 60 degrees in the morning so I walk down the street to Erik Kayser Artisan Boulanger and order two croissants, two apple turnovers and two cups of cappuccino. This was our routine breakfast while we we're in Paris by about the third day, the store manager already knew what I wanted when I came in the store, I like good customer service, after receiving our food, I said merci to the manager and was on my way back to the hotel. If you never ... read more
Mona Lisa
Notre Dame
Amazing Architecture

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 5th 2014

Vacation is always an exciting time in the Woods household, we love to travel. Both of us are prior Navy so we've done our share of traveling around the world but being West Coast sailors, Europe is something altogether new to us, so the prospect of going to Paris the City of Lights was an opportunity we couldn't pass up. Thursday morning bags we're already packed, my bags had been packed since earlier in the week, I was ready to go. So I went thru the normal checklist, tickets, passport, passes to all the sites and euros looks like we we're ready to go. So after a double and triple check, yeah I can be paranoid like that sometimes, everything was good to go and loaded up the car heading to Bush International Airport. We left ... read more
front view of the Arc
Love me sign on the Seine river
Eiffel Tower at night

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 28th 2014

Après quasiment 6 mois de réflexion/préparation, nous décollons enfin le 28 août 2014 pour voyager pendant 6 mois en Amérique du Sud. Le billet de retour est déjà pris, nous serons de retour à Paris le 17 février 2015. Nous atterrirons au Nord du Pérou pour descendre vers le Sud en traversant successivement Pérou, Bolivie et Chili. Une fois arrivés au bout du monde sur la pointe du cap Horn, nous remonterons l'Argentine pour finir au Brésil et par le clou du spectacle: le carnaval de Rio, "Samba!". Nos motivations: en prendre plein la vue jusqu'à l'overdose. Se vider la tête et l'esprit et enfin s'éloigner de notre routine pendant un petit moment. Il faudra au moins ça pour arriver à retourner travailler après. Nos conditions de réalisations: nous partons bien équipés de la tête aux ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 21st 2014

I would describe today's activities, if I had the words. Unfortunately, I don't. We went to visit Versailles, I can tell you that much. I tried to impress upon the group how large everything there is beforehand and failed; I doubt I'll do much better here. But let me attempt. For starters, the grounds are 800 hectares. For those of you at Northeastern: that's more than 27 times our campus. For anyone else: about 1500 American football fields (including touchdown zones). It's hard to image, really, without seeing it. It takes approximately an hour to walk from the Palace of Versailles to the opposite end of the cross-shaped Grand Canal. That's on the left side of the gardens. On the right side, you can try to head over to the Grand Trianon, the Petit Trianon, or ... read more
The grounds
A sitting room in Grand Trianon
An office in GT

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