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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

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

What better way to see a city than to spend your morning underground? In a super-old and creepy graveyard? That's what we thought, so we got up at 7 to go get in line for the catacombs. As I write this now, I'm realizing how crazy we sound. It was worth it. The Paris Catacombs are massive, first off. 6 million bodies' worth of bones are stacked within in amazing walls to create paths. The entire trip through takes about an hour and a half, because you're walking, at a guess, 2 miles, first through old quarries, and then through the catacombs themselves. It was dark, damp, and filled with death, and one of the coolest things I've seen. After that, we found a bakery and a grocery store nearby, where we got food for a ... read more
Under the quarries
Symbolism in skulls
Somebody had a sense of humor

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 19th 2014

Hello, Paris! Another day of travel. These come more often towards the end of this trip, if you haven't noticed. I woke up early this morning to take Marie's dog Beau on a run. It was actually fantastic; I didn't know the area, but he knew exactly where to go, so I was able to just follow him. He obviously enjoyed being out in the woods, and I wasn't complaining about having a guide. We then flew out of London on an early flight, but due to time difference and some serious delays at both Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle, we didn't actually get to our hotel until about 3. We're staying in an apartment the hotel owns. When I say apartment, I don't mean a presidential suite. I mean this is literally a flat in ... read more
Our apartment complex
Eiffel Tower
Marie explaining something to the group

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

Today we went to the biggest flea market in the world! We spent six hours browsing and rummaging through old stuff. I got a model of a 1920's British car for 3 Euro and an antique key for 3 Euro as well. When you go to flea markets you have to bargain hard. So first I said "excusez-moi, combien?" which means "excuse me, how much? Then when the man said 2 Euro for another little toy car, I said "un Euro, sil vous plait" and he asked Mum if we were English and Mum said we were Australian so he said I could buy the car for 1 Euro! In the old days France and England had a lot of wars so they joke ... read more
I wonder what this antique key unlocked?

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 9th 2014

Today I went to the Pompidou Centre. It is a museum of modern art. It made me think differently about art because before I didn't realise that art could also be videos, furniture and lots of objects that are not just paintings. There was one installation called Cafe Little Boy. I learned from the artist that "Little Boy" was the code word for the Americans to drop the atomic bomb on the Japanese in World War II. Cafe Little Boy asked visitors to draw and write messages against war on a blackboard. I drew a smiley face and wrote "Be Happy" under it.... read more
Be Happy!
Outside The Pompidou Centre

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 8th 2014

Today I went to the Louvre (twice). The Louvre is the biggest museum in the world. Our guide said it would take 15 days to see everything. I spent 4 hours there mostly in the Egyptian section. I also saw the Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa is behind glass. Do you know why? Because one time a crazy man came in and threw rocks at her!... read more
The Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa

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

Today I went to Disneyland in Paris. We went on lots of rides. Like Thunder Mountain and it's a Small World. I got a cool Mickey Mouse hat.... read more
The castle
The beanstalk
Trying to get Excalibur

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 6th 2014

Today we went to Notre Dame cathedral where the hunchback comes from. We got to hear the choir singing. It sounded beautiful. I got a Notre Dame medallion. Notre Dame means "Our Lady" in English.... read more

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

Today we went back to the beach on the Seine To play foosball. After that we got some gelato. Here's some videos. read more
It's one game all
Me vs mum
I'm winning

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

Today I climbed the Eiffel Tower And went to very top !!!! It was so crowded. Dad had to wait in the ticket line while I went to the toilet with Mum. We had to wait in the toilet line for nearly ONE hour!!!! When we got back, Dad was still waiting in the ticket line!!!!!! The Eiffel tower was named after its engineer Gustav Eiffel, not its architect who is not famous. We took the elevator to the the top which is about 320 metres high. You can see all of Paris from the top.... read more
View from the top
View from the top
View from the top

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