Blogs from Nord-Pas de Calais, France, Europe - page 31


Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Lille September 27th 2007

So I’m in Lille. It’s 9PM. I’m at the hostel that I’m apparently sharing with two girls whom I have yet to see. I’m guessing they’re French university students (one has a Lille 3 bag; Lille 3 is a university here). I’m also fairly certain that they are friends, as they took two beds right next to one another. But let’s start at the beginning. Well, the airplane ride was just fine. Then we arrive at the airport in Paris. Appropriately enough, the taxi drivers are on strike - how French - but we finally find one. The problem then becomes that the taxi drivers who are on strike - and about 99% of them are - are parked so that they are blocking every single exit out of the airport. The police are trying to ... read more

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais September 24th 2007

Hello everyone, Well we are back in London hoping to see the Queen this time. Her Royal Standard was flying as we dropped by but she didn't have her teapot on so we were refused entry for tea... may be next time. At least the Canadian Embassy let us in to send this message for free. Oh to be a Canadian! We have had quite a busy few days since we left the south of France. We headed north to Paris on Monday and stopped in Lyon to break up the long train trip. Lyon is a very nice city that sits between the Rhone and the Saoune and has a nice pedestrian walking area through the old town. We had a nice dinner in Bellecour and had seafood salad (yes, Katy ate the whole thing)... ... read more

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Lille September 10th 2007

I can not believe that it is over one month since I wrote a travelblog. Time certainly has flown by and I am now finding it difficult to recap everything that has gone on. I though I had sent a blog in Lithuania, but I must be mistaken. Here goes anyway. Since leaving Parnu in Estonia I headed for Latvia where I and had read in my travel guide that a place called Sigulda was a beautiful place. My lucky stars once again blessed me as when I arrived I found that they were celebrating their 800 year anniversary of the town. There were several very large free concerts which were great. There was a fantastic fireworks display and lots of famous artists performed including Monica Mancini. I met up with a Latvian girl who was ... read more

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Lille August 13th 2007

Another weekend rolls around and another chance for us to leave behind London and head off on another little adventure. Our stop this time - Lille in northern France. Just a short Eurostar trip across the English Channel into France, not too far from the Belgium border. We headed off after work on Friday and made the 1hr 40min trip from Waterloo to Lille. I think Ange and I still both agree that train travel is our prefered method - just so relaxed, ample room, and a quieter passenger group compared to air travel - or maybe we've just been lucky so far. We arrived into Lille at about 10pm and began to fret at the thought of managing the language barriers that we knew would arise. We frantically attempted to memorise what we thought would ... read more
Murial on the wall of the Tourist Office
The Grand Place
The Goddess column

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Lille August 3rd 2007

Geo: 50.6372, 3.06302... read more

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Calais July 19th 2007

Day 4 (1): (#) is the Contiki day I'm on tour. Now that's clear... I woke up at 5:20am to my alarm clock. Crawled out of bed, stuffed the rest of my stuff into my backpack, and made it down at 6am (what are they thinking... making us wake up that early). Some people grouped up already, while a few stood alone. Not long after, the Contiki staff began to weigh in all the bags (under 22kg/40lbs). Somehow I ended with the smallest luggage there (even smaller than Dan's... now that's a bit embarrassing), but I faired out alright. We got on the English coach (the doors on the left side and the driver was on the right... something familiar to Australians but not to the rest of the world, haha) and off we went to... ... read more
White Cliffs of Dover
Eglise du Dome
Tour Eiffel

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais July 6th 2007

We headed out of Paris wondering what we had missed. We probably missed some stuff, but I think we hit the major points of interest. Anyways, it wasn’t worth wondering around the city aimlessly getting soaked by the rain. We were driving to the middle of France, to a place called Poitiers. Poitiers had no attractions; it was just a stopping point that looked good. Quite honestly, most of this trip was not planned. Some days we didn’t know where we were sleeping the following night. That was how we wanted it, and it seemed to be working good for us. Which brings me to the next surprise of the trip. Since we had been rushing our tours, due to the rain, we had some extra time. It just so happens that starting on July ... read more

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Calais June 28th 2007

Geo: 50.956, 1.85013We arrived in Calais with relatively little trouble. Once we were out of Paris, the driving was less treacherous. We found the tourist information office (hooray for the little "i"!), and selected a hotel within walking distance (Hotel Pacific). We bought a phone card at the train station, and tried to dial the 4-digit number, with no luck. Went to find an internet cafe (which we did, with 25 minutes til their closing time), and found a "real" phone number for Air Canada.Back to the pay phone. Got hold of someone (after about 15 minutes of holding, watching those pricey phone card units tick away). Nope, sorry, don't know where your luggage is. We inform them of our next destination, and continue with our day.Headed down the street to see the town hall and ... read more

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais May 22nd 2007

When I was in Bologne sur Mer, I had some trouble with the keyboard and the Internet. My time had shut off and there were some pictures I wanted to post. I had talked so much in my posting about the monument of Vimy, but the picture I had supplied wasn't that great. I'm not sure from these other pictures if you can get an idea of how beautiful it was, but here goes... I also threw in a picture of poppies from Bonnieux (Provence)... read more
Vimy Monument
Poppy Field

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais May 8th 2007

Dunkerque; what a funny name for a town. Tuesday was a national holiday, and the Bois-Guillaume Woodchucks took advantage by rescheduling a rainout game against Dunkerque. It was probably one of the trippiest days on a baseball field I have ever experienced, from the game itself to the weather to the mood of our team. A day in which everything was off-kilter. Dunkerque is a town just off the northern coast of Paris. It is near Calais, the town where departs the tunnel that traverses the English Channel between France and England (I cannot think of the name of the tunnel at the moment). The field at Dunkerque is out in open air, with no trees or buildings to shield it from the winds coming in off the channel. When we began the game it ... read more
Josh Stone
Artur at bat

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