Paris, je t'aime! =P
Trip Start Dec 22, 2010
16Trip End Feb 25, 2011
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Plug Inn Hostel
OK, first night after arriving from Eurostar (which I slept ALL the way through...sick) we had to trudge 20 minutes with our heavy heavy bags (while sick) to the train station, so it wasn't off to a good start =S. BUT, when we finally did get to the our station, Blanche...guess the first thing that greets us. The MOULIN ROUGE! Serious! We were staying in Montmartre! Awesome choice at the Plug Inn Hostel ^^. Later on I would come to realise that this area is also surrounded by sex shops and sex sex SEX places but ummm...until then, I was completely oblivious though I guess the red and purple neon lights should've given us a clue haha.
Day 1: So Yee-Ling met Tracy and I the night before and after a very good night of sleep we walked all the way from, ok, get ready..
Day 2 and we were off to another brilliant start, tried visiting the Louvre but gave up due to the humongous line but we managed to get into the Musee d'Orsay which was amazing. Especially the exhibit of Jean-Leon Gerome who had some brilliant pictures of the near east and Roman times, I'm really getting a liking for the 19th, 20th century art =) Went to Notre Damn afterwards, to actually go inside...mmmm, walk down Boulevard St Germain haha, classy. Notre Damn was really nice inside, the masses of tourists take away from the serenity of it all but I have to say that it is one of the best preserved Gothic churches that I've been in. Definitely worth a visit, and the line...while LOOKS ridiculously long moves surprisingly quickly. Headed back home afterwards but not before a coffee (tea for me) at les 2 moulins! YES where Amelie worked! Packed with people but we still managed to get a place...mmm, very nice. Went out for dinner later on with escargot (snails) on the menu...hmmm, it's an interesting experience and I would recommend it only to the brave haha. The taste is not horrible....it's the LOOK of them that really gets ya >.< Steak and creme brule to finish...both awesome thank goodness XD. Visit up to Sacre Coeur, you know, a stroll in the neighbourhood to finish off the night. Mmm, Paris at night, just beautiful AND my first view of the Eiffel Tower from there! My goodness we spent so long trying to get a good shot of it but it all just turned out as a blurred mess =(, not to worry, I would soon have really awesome pictures of my favourite tower at night. And that was it! Another truly fantastic day in Paris.
Day 3 and the sun was SHINING! Oh glorious day! The weather so far in Paris had been cloudy...thankfully, no rain but the pictures of the city of love was still all cloudy
By Day 4 I was feeling right at home in Paris, we knew how to get everywhere, we've been to all the main sights like 3 times now haha and my French was gradually improving again!
The next day was a write off haha, we all knew that...little did I know how much drama happened after Yee-Ling and I left the night before...boy. The boys (Jason, Juan and Rafa) had quite a story to tell and not a good one =S Hope everything's cool between them now but it did make a tiring day an interesting one. Took it easy and headed home after meeting up with the others for a coffee. OH, Guess what, I bumped into Quentin that day too! (One of Ammara's friends that I met briefly when they visited) Was so random but so very cool as well...ahh, to be recognised in Paris XD
Day 6 and we're nearing the end of Paris...mince alors! Day trip out to Versailles, of course, one of the few things that we haven't done yet. What an amazing palace, I can see why the french people had the revolution! The biggest palace in Europe that I've been in and the Hall of Mirrors is really amazing, if you wanted people to know that you're rich, the hall of mirrors is where you'd take them
Last day in Paris! Non!!! =( Headed off to the Louvre after finally getting out of bed haha, yeah I'm very lazy. Got inside with only a 20 minute or so wait! I know amazing! The trick is to enter via the subway or the carousel...still crazy amounts of people but at least it gets you in on the SAME day =P. Inside the Louvre is amazing, the guide book says it takes like 9 months to see everything properly and I believe them. You cannot imagine the size of the thing and the amount of works there! I didn't even have time to read anything, just walk, look and take pictures as fast as I can. Ran past the French sculptures, into Napoleon III's apartments...just as grand, if not grander than the Versaille and especially cool since it retained most of its original furniture! Through the greek antiquities (saw Venus de Milo), meandered into the medieval Louvre (can walk through the moat of the castle that used to stand there) up through a bit of the Egyptian artifacts and into the paintings. Oh goodness, the Italian paintings...was CRAZY, I swear the temperature of the place rose by at least 5 degrees from the amount of people in that area, of course I knew why they were there but I never expected so many
Had lunch at a Parisian cafe/brasserie/bar, I dunno what the difference between them are but if you think of a typical Parisian cafe, then that would be it. Met up with Maelle, Mathilde, Tracy and Yee-Ling for a semi failed visit to another museum but on the way I got some cool shots of the Seine and the Eiffel tower, so that was alright and then I rushed off to visit Montmartre on last time. And thank goodness too cos I found one of my favourite places up there on the hills overlooking Paris. Sacre coeur itself was very cool...teeming with tourists but was a nice church and a great view over Paris up there. But what I loved was the square behind it, I don't even know what it's called since I was rushing so much (had to make the TGV train to Strasbourg) but it was just filled with artists and paintings and characturists and an awesome Irish flautist busking in the corner
Et voila, c'etait Paris. What a trip, I'm so glad I made the effort and stayed for a week in Paris. I'm also very glad that we had such good friends in Paris to show us around! It really made the difference I think, especially having a cool bunch of people to hang around and go out with. I don't know why Lee wouldn't wanna go or why Yee-Ling thinks it's too cliche...ok, maybe I can see why it's cliche but I don't care, Paris is a beautiful city and definitely one to see if you're in Europe. The Champs Elysees maybe too overpriced, the Louvre too crowded (hell, EVERYTHING is too crowded in Paris) and the Eiffel Tower is total tourist trap, that I'll agree. But you can't deny the wonderful feeling of walking down the Champs Elysees at night or the awe of seeing the inside of the Louvre, and to me, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most amazing pieces of engineering (and art) that I've ever seen. And of course there are all the lovely little things that really got me. Seeing the buttresses of Notre Dame, walking down the Seine at night, enjoying a very nice tea in les 2 moulins, having a friendly French rotissier help me buy a nice chicken, rabbit sausage and ratatouille for dinner (mmmm), wandering around montmartre after a dinner of escargot and creme brule and seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time, having a ball at Celine's new year party with the guys from Stockholm and her French friends, the shops along the Seine with their antique books and cool paintings, the buskers (ah the cool double bass player at the Louvre metro that I was going to come back and give money to but forgot, I'm sorry!), the square in Montmartre, ah the list goes on!! But yes, I hope you get the picture, GO TO PARIS!! =P My goodness, and this was with NO sun...imagine the place...ahh, il sera magnifie!