Tag: France

I’m happy about a couple things this week. One: my new job! Going well thus far. Thank you very much for asking. And Two: I feel I’m finally starting to make headway on getting our house pulled together. I’ve moved furniture, moved sod, prepped for the garden in back, planted some stuff in the front, assembled a standing pot rack, assembled supervised a kitchen cart…

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Place du Théâtre in Lille, France We stayed in Lille, France on Bastille Day, purely by accident. We had heard Lille was nice, and with a Saturday appointment to pick up some Westvleteren 12, we’d be practically there. So sure, why not? One thing I immediately loved about Lille—the cheap the hotels rooms. There are scores of very nice, very affordable hotels in Lille. However,…

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Our last day in Paris we dropped our bags at the train station and waked to the Basilica of Sacré Coeur and Montmartre. It’s a lot of stairs. When you get to the top, there’s bunch of tired tourists sitting around. The view is great and Montmartre is cute. This is where the Moulin Rouge and Amélie were filmed. If you google Amélie, you can…

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Oh, to be Marie Antoinette (minus the beheading part). Or to be Kirsten Dunst who starred in Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette which was filmed at Versailles. (Rent it. May not be the most historically accurate, but worth it for the eye candy.) The opulence of it all. Imagine living here. And to think every thing in the palace—every tapestry, every curtain, every piece of furniture—made…

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Here are few pics from the courtyard at Palais-Royal. If the name didn’t clue you in, it was a royal palace. It was built between 1633 and 1639. Today it houses things such as the ministry of culture and a library. There are these black and white stiped columns, an art installation by Daniel Buren called Les Colonnes de Buren. In person, I thought they…

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Here are some things from the Louvre that I liked, thought interesting (a painting of baby Jesus with a black saint from 1628-1633) or scary, like statues with parts broken off and the pissed off cherub above (seriously, what’s with that guy?). Now I am certain I am missing some pics. Very distinctly remembering taking one of the crowd around the Mona Lisa and that…

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Here are pics from inside and atop Notre Dame de Paris. Walking thru the cathedral is free, and one of the best free things to do in Paris. Ticket are required to climb the steep narrow stairs to the top. (But that’s free with the Paris Museum Pass.) Construction began on Notre Dame in 1163 and was completed in 1345. It’s one of the best…

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Why don’t you want to drive to Paris? Spend a minute at the Arc de Triomphe, and you’ll understand why. Traffic around the Arc is crazy. It’s in the middle of a roundabout where 12 streets converge. There are no lines painted on the street because the French believe it would detract from the beauty of the Arc. Okay. They were doing restoration on it…

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The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, intended to last only 20 years. Here we are 122 years later. They were painting the tower when we were in Paris. It’s done every seven years to protect it from rust with 50-60 tons of paint. Three different colors are used to make it look like the same color from the ground. It was a gray day…

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