Paris - Part 2

Trip Start May 30, 2012
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Trip End Nov 07, 2012


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

We were both excited about Sunday, we had lots of cool things planned, and it was going to be our first time ever going to a Hillsong church service! For those that don't know, Hillsong is a huge pentacostal church that started in Australia. Hillsong was the name of the music group affiliated with the Hills Christian Life Church. Hillsong song ministry has produced tons of well known praise songs and is famous Worldwide. The Hill church changed it's name to Hillsong to be recognized better. Hillsong has churches all over the world, with Paris joining that list in 2004. The service was located in an old theatre which made for a more intimate feel. Jess and I loved it, singing songs of praise to our God with tons of French people we had never met. The songs would alternate in English and French and everything was either translated into French or English. The pastor was an Aussie, who married a Parisian woman. The two of them started up the church. He talked about keeping our focus on Jesus and not on our problems because when we focus on our problems they seem to get bigger than they are. Very encouraging and just what we needed to hear.

After that, Jess and I headed to a Tim Burton expo. Jess had randomly seen a sign for it when we were walking on some street and being the big Tim Burton fan that she is, we had to check it out. We ate lunch in line (one of the few lines we have waited in on our trip) and got in with our usual student discount. The expo was really cool! It had original drawings and letters from Tim Burton, and some done on napkins. It helped to get us in Tim Burton mode that we watched Corpse Bride a few weeks ago with Zuzanna in the Czech Republic. There were also some storylines there from Tim Burton's first few years with Disney. Tim Burton has an amazing imagination! Later we walked around Notre Dame Cathedral and Pont Nuef (the oldest bridge in Paris but ironically called the New Bridge). Notre Dame was absolutely stunning! Amazing detail and design. We did not go in it though because the crowds were so big, we just enjoyed walking around it and taking pictures of the outside.

There were many other beautiful buildings that we walked around over the next couple of days. We would choose something major that we wanted to see each day and then try to see other cool buildings around those things after. Of course the Arc De Triomphe was wonderful! Even more interesting was the traffic circle around it. It is one of the largest in the World and it looks like utter chaos. I stood on the corner of the main exit and watched for about ten minutes. I thought the usual rules would apply with vehicles using lanes and cars coming in yielding to the cars already in and whatnot, but that was not true at all. Vehicles were going wherever they wanted and only yielded because they were about to crash! Sometimes the cars in the circle would have to actually stop to avoid hitting the cars coming in. Yikes! The only thing familair to me about it was the fact they were going counterclockwise. We also went into the catacombs and this was the only other line we had to wait in for Paris. The line was very long but the time passed quickly because we were talking with an Aussie couple the whole time. We instantly got along with them very well, and we walked the whole catacombs with them. The tunnels of the catacombs were very interesting. There is a whole other world down there. It was a little creepy to see the odd pitch black tunnel barred off as we walked by it...where does it go? The ossuary was quite the sight too. If we thought there were a lot of bones in Kutna Hora, the catacomb ossuary had way more!! But this time there was nothing in front of us to block us from the bones. It is weird to think that all those stacks of bones were once living breathing people.

Once again, there is more to say but I have to stop somewhere. One more thing though. The people in Paris are not as rude as their reputation makes them out to be. If you try to speak French they will feel bad for you and realize their English is better then your French so they will try to speak English. I think the Parisians are just sometimes tired of tourists, but most of the people we met were nice. The panhandlers were a bit aggresive, but the city itself is beautiful and full of life. Like I said last post, you can have many different experiences in Paris, and ours was a good one!

Ryan  

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Mutti & Father on

As per usual your write-up is very interesting, very informative & a blessing to my day. Hearing about your aventures and thee difference in our cultures is great. Keep the write-up coming.....but I do miss the pic's... I understand Jess is having problems so I will more pic's later. Love you both, miss you lots :)

Nana on

Awwww Paris!! Sounds great----- I'm in awe just traveling along with you's!!! Love it--- can't wait to see where the next addition takes me!!Just a thought--did it ever cross your minds to put this all in book form???Bet you's would make a few bucks from young'uns planning the same kind of adventure.AND I'd be first on line for a copy-----JUST A THOUGHT---- Lovingly,Nana XX

Auntie Karen on

Thanks for all the pictures and news on Paris I sure look forward to seeing it myself next year.

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