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A Day and A Half of Summer

Vienna, Austria

sunny

Thursday, July 5th I head to Vienna to escape the rainy Netherlands. The journey was long by train which provided plenty of time to sleep, sit and think, read, and stare out the window. I thought about that saying that it's about the journey, not the destination, and i'm not certain I agree that my trip is wholly about spending 15 hours on a train in one direction and 10 hours on the way back. I waited Thursday evening for my night train, where I would again be in a 6 bunk cabin.
It was peaceful sitting at the train station so I took some shots of the Arnhem train station.
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The bunks this time were filled with all males, 4 teenage boys, and gentlemen in his 50s or 60s (I would guess) that slept directly above my bottom, right-hand-side bunk. Two of the boys were going glacier skiing and I was jealous, the other two were headed on a bicycle tour of the countryside. One of the boys reminded me so much of my brother it was freaky. I have been amazed at the number of people I see that look so much like people at home - I know where all the white people come from now and why some might say all white people look the same. The gentleman who slept above me was headed to Italy and had a much longer travel time than the rest of us. 15 hours on the train, most of it spent looking out the window or reading, with some light sleep on the side.
I did managed to take a few photos on the way there.
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After looking at those photos and then the photos from my actual time in Vienna, i think the readers may agree that in this instance, it is more about the destination than the journey...unless you are evaluating based on the amount of introspection gained and then I think the saying works just fine.

I arrive!
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I forgot to explain that going to Vienna, I was going because my love has some friends from high school who live there and so they were kind enough to invite me in for the weekend. I hope that one day I get to return the favor for them in Texas or wherever it is I'm living that they may want to visit.
The man in the tourist office was helpful enough to give me a map - the subway map on the wall was different than the one in my hands and then once i looked thoroughly at the one in my hands I figured out how to get where I needed to be for meeting with one of Gabe's friends.

At the meeting place.
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Upon meeting with Gabe's friend we ran a couple errands on foot and then went back to his place with big wide open rooms and lighting - it was a lovely house. Multiple guys lived there and all from Spanish speaking countries so although a lot of the time I didn't completely understand what was going on, I felt at home listening to Spanish. I need to practice more often.
There I met Gabe's other friend and his sister who were actually leaving for Croatia later that day (Friday) so I could sleep in his bed during his absence.

The four of us (Gabe's two friends, and the sister) went to Schönbrunn Palace, this was apparently a summer home. For more information you can visit this website: Schoenbrunn Palace
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After the palace we left to grab some gelato, which was amazing. On the way I snapped a couple photos.
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Gabe's friend and his sister then had to leave so his other friend and I continued on the tour.
First place we went was the Hundertwasser House: Hundertwasser Info
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After that awesomely artistic house we went walking to a canal where graffiti artists can legally spray their art. I am a huge fan of graffiti art, which is art created not for monetary purposes (usually), but for art's sake. The political graffiti I like because it says something about what the undercurrent of society is dissatisfied with and shows there is art and political passion mixing - though sometimes the political scrawls aren't done artistically. It is amazing how so much of the discontent scrawled here can also be found scrawled on unseen walls in the U.S. In addition to the graffiti art, I took a picture of a boat that had been burned 6 months prior and the swimming pool that is floating in the canal, because i always think that is funny when a clean swimming hole is placed next to or inside a body of water.
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Onward we went walking toward the university. Forgive me, as I do not recall all the places I took pictures of on the way.
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After the university we headed to see where the government works and there was a film festival going on so we were fortunate to see a live classical music performance, which was absolutely lovely in a city renown for its classical music. live classical music
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Next we went to the museum square.
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Then my camera died. We went to this open area near the museum square, the museumsquartier, where they have all these red plastic forms for sitting and laying on. A google search of this will turn of lots of photos of the place where we sat for a bit. We then went back to where home and all our stuff was and prepared for having some friends over. I had brought some arepa flour from the international market below where I live and we all ate some arepas. The night was spent talking a mix of español and english and was nice and relaxing.

Saturday, July 7th

This day felt like summer. In the morning Gabe's friend and myself went to a park by the Danube River where we met with a couple of his friends before heading to his girlfriend's sister's birthday party. If you think that sounds like a mouthful, just imagine when everyone was asking me how I came to be there and it was a constant, "he is a friend of my boyfriend's from high school in Venezuela." "where is your boyfriend" "Texas."
Before all that though we went to the Danube where there were a few ladies sunbathing topless, but mostly everyone kept their suit on. We laid in the sun and I swam across the Danube twice. After the first time Gabe's friend was surprised I swam across as he had never done do in the three years he'd been living there, so we swam across it together the second time. I wish I could have had a camera with me in the water as there was nothing like the view from the middle of the river. The water smelled like river water and brought back memories with a flood of swimming in the hill country those summers I went to camp there. The hot sun and summer days spent in the river water = a divine feeling of being alive and well.
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On to the pool party! The parents' house of the birthday girl and her sister was lovely and had a garden I could only dream of having one day. The little pool house was adorable. Gabe's friend's girlfriend and her sister are half Armenian and so there was an eclectic cultural mishmash of people. Armenians from multiple countries, Venezuelans, Austrians, Germans, and me, from the U.S. The night was filled with good conversation, laughter, swimming, trampoline jumping, kicking the ball around, shooting hoops, a wonderful picture slide show all accompanying a lovely dinner, and too many pieces of tiramisu.
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Sunday, July 8th

Back to being on the train tracks with my own thoughts.
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Posted by PlanetMEP 12:08 Archived in Austria Tagged vienna

San Sebastian

España

Thursday I was given permission to leave work early to catch my flight to San Sebastian where I would meet up with one of my friends who is studying culinary arts there. I would happily return for the food and the scenery. I caught a flight there because there wasn't any available train seats when I originally went to schedule the trip via train so - 30 euros got me a plane ticket on Ryanair. Yes - only 30 euros.
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Small airports are cheaper to fly out of, but it is important to note the shuttle costs to and from the airport. 16 to get to the airport in Germany that I flew out of and then 16 Euro to get from the airport in Spain I flew into, to San Sebastian where I would actually be staying.

My friend met me in the evening in San Sebastian and we went to dinner with a woman I met on the bus who spoke 0 Spanish - so I wrote a few key phrases and words for her as she was planning on doing this specific trek across Spain over the next 6 weeks.
My friend and some of her friends ate, drank, and hung out. My friend was planning on going to Madrid and had convinced me to go with her, but the bus was full in the morning so I figured fate would have it I stay in San Sebastian and I am so glad that happened, Saturday on the beach is exactly what I wanted.

First some pictures from Thursday evening into Friday...we rode around the town on bicycles at night which was incredibly peaceful and didn't make it back until 4am on Friday....the bus for Madrid left at 9am.
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So after our nap we headed to the bus station where I realized on the way I left my cell phone at my friend's place and then we discovered I would not be getting on the bus. I ended up going back to my friend's place where I took a nap because I had not gotten enough sleep. When I woke up, her wonderful roommates fed me a traditional dish from Segovia where one of their friends had brought back this giant legumes. The stew was delicious! Her roommates were amazing and fed me all kinds of baked goods - living with cooks is good for the palate, but maybe not so good for being health conscious. Also, is is not easy to be vegetarian here in San Sebastian so I induced my inner omnivore and enjoyed the some traditional cuisine - pinxoax as they are called in the region I was in, but what are known to many as tapas. The region i was in I heard Basque spoken which is an interesting language and something that is not likely to be heard in other parts of Spain - fun for me considering when I went to Spain 10 years ago I did not have the opportunity to visit the Basque region.
Friday, after my nap and lunch with my friend's roommates, I went to the aquarium, picked up a map of the area at the local tourism center, walked around, ate delicious food, and attempted to find a good jazz bar as I was in the mood for some jazz and red wine. The music was not live music and was okay, but the wine was nice and it was a good end to my evening.

Pictures from Friday!
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My friend lives right by playa de Zurriola (Playa = beach) so the evening pictures of my feet are there. There is also Playa de La Concha and Playa de Ondarreta which I also visited during my stay. I had wanted to go kayaking in the Bay of La Concha, but there weren't lockers around that I could lock my stuff up in so I did not do that - maybe if I ever get to return to San Sebastian I will get to kayak in the bay, take a boat trip out in the ocean. The water was blue and lovely - I want to live on the beach (Galveston does not count).
Saturday I slept in which was really nice as I feel like I'm busy rushing around most of the time. I got up and went to buy some fruit for my day at the beach, ate some breakfast on the terrace of a restaurant in Old Town - the part of town where I mostly consumed food. An important note is that food is more expensive if consumed outside on the terrace than if it is eaten indoors. San Sebastian is not an inexpensive town - the polished stone walkways near the beaches should indicate this. Also, I've never seen so many people walking around with sweaters slung over their shoulders as they do in posh yacht clubs in the movies. If only I had on my boat shoes, I would have looked more the part. (laugh with me here family and friends).
I decided instead of heading straight to the beach after breakfast that I would secure my bus ticket for bright and early Sunday morning so that I would be able to make my flight back and from there I thought I would ride my friend's bicycle all around the coast line of San Sebastian - it was beautiful and fun even pushing against the wind. After riding the coast line I stopped at Playa de Ondarreta to dip in the ocean and lay in the sun - which I did until the clouds rolled in along with a strong wind. A falafel for lunch and then back to my friend's place to schedule my shuttle ride from the airport in Germany to my place in Nijmegen, Netherlands (I almost forgot to do this!). Then I ate some fruit on the beach and went to town to walk around, indulge in more delicious food and people watch from the steps of the church in the center of old town. I did go inside the church which was ornately decorated and where I sadly did not take photos because my camera which was showing signs of lens trouble before my trip - died due to sand in the lens. I have plenty of pictures from before the camera's death though which I will share. I will be making an attempt at surgery on the camera to see if I can remove the sand from it so that I will not need to use my ipad for photos for the duration of my time in Europe, but I may have to do that or buckle and find a place to buy a new camera here. The memories must be documented!
Photos of my final day before I would have to wake up at 5am today (sunday) to catch my flight back to my temporary home base.
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ANNNNNDDDDD a video of the view looking towards Playa de La Concha
View of Playa de La Concha

Posted by PlanetMEP 06:22 Archived in Spain

Dance, Dance, Dance

Defqon1 in Biddinghuizen and Amsterdam

This past weekend I went to an electronic music festival apparently playing the stylings of "Hard Core" and "Hard Style".... none of which I am familiar with. Almost all the decorations are made out of recycled materials which is pretty neat. I made new friends with the person I bought the ticket from off craigslist and hung out with her and a couple of her friends over the weekend while also venturing out alone amongst the sea of people. My throat hurts because when it rained all dancing was going on in the covered tents primarily where apparently every freaking person smokes cigarettes. Second hand smoke has killed my tonsils. :(
The purchase of some rain boots proved to be an excellent purchase as my feet stayed mostly dry and warm in the blue rubber. The only thing I had stolen was my long-john top out of the ladies restroom while showering. Someone did steal my converse shoes from outside my tipi when I put them out to dry, but I came out of my tipi and yelled very angrily when I discovered this and a few minutes later someone put them by the walkway outside my tipi - sometimes it pays to have a scary angry voice and yell expletives as it turns out. Maybe also yelling about bad karma helped. Converse are hot items around these parts it seems - good choice of shoe to bring to the Netherlands so I fit in, bad choice in terms of people wanting to steal your shoes.

I danced very differently from everyone there where it looked to me like people were marching, doing strange modern versions of a river dance, and pretending to be a pony or t-rex galloping. I really should have taken more video of people dancing. The music was fun, but aggressive and I was surprised and how few hippies there were and how many muscled bro-dude type guys were there. Think Jersey Shore on steroids = not pretty. It was also interesting to see the ratio of men to women, Thursday and Friday I would guess it was 10-1 and Saturday the odds improved to maybe 10-3/4, but the music brought out mostly men - maybe due to the aggressive sound?!

Anyway....

I danced Thursday night from 11pm-1 am
I danced Friday all afternoon with a small nap somewhere in there and lasted until 2am although the dancing went on until 4...I guess I can't stay up all night dancing like I thought I could.
Saturday some friends met up with me and I left with them at 11 and we passed out a hotel in a super duper comfortable cot - most comfortable bed I've slept on in a while!

Defqon photos (If I took any more pictures you would see the same thing over and over and over again, not to mention I was dancing so hard all weekend that all my muscles ache from the workout it gave me)
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Sunday afternoon hung out in Amsterdam and we spent most of our time in the Red Light District. What an interesting and open place. The things I saw are better left said between friends and not scrawled all over the internet for the ladies in the windows are not discreet, nor are the shops and venues nearby. We spent some time in The grasshopper where I had some good irish cider - can't seem to find any of that in Nijmegen. We then went dancing somewhere to some not so aggressive electronic music that was pretty fun. Our group (myself, my friend, her husband, his friend, her friend, and her friend's friend) got the dancing started - it was a good time overall. I wish I got more pictures than I did, but I do plan to return so more pictures of Amsterdam at a later date.

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Posted by PlanetMEP 12:01 Archived in Netherlands

Paris

Eiffel Tower, some other stuff, and more Eiffel Tower

I am sorry I didn't upload sooner, but was having trouble with the image uploader - that's what hundreds of pictures will do. Paris was such a whirlwind that I cannot fully relay in a short time period all that I saw and experienced. I will let the photos speak as well as they can, but my photos do the city no justice and everyone should go there and see it for themselves at least once in their life.

Friday, June 15, 2012
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arc de triomphe

view of Eiffel tower from arc de triomphe

view of Eiffel tower from arc de triomphe

View of Eiffel tower from arc de triomphe

View of Eiffel tower from arc de triomphe

View from arc de triomphe

View from arc de triomphe

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arc de triomphe

arc de triomphe

arc de triomphe

arc de triomphe

arc de triomphe

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on champs elysees

on champs elysees

on champs elysees

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on champs elysees

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on champs elysees

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on champs elysees

on champs elysees

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  • arrived around 11:30am
  • order ticket in French - a feat I was exceptionally proud of myself for accomplishing
  • the public toilets don't sparkle in Paris and cost 0.70euros to use (decimal used in the way we use the decimal in the U.S.)
  • Gypsy children attempt to scam and steal from me: shoving a paper in my face and asking me to fill out information to help handicapped children while trying to touch me. Yelling don't touch me and then running in the wrong side of the metro got rid of them. I learned later from an expat that I met the children are sent to do the dirty work because they cannot be arrested, there is no juvenile facility for them. 10-12 year olds trying to steal from me - sad.
  • walk the wrong way towards the hostel, but it permitted me to see a bit more of the area i would live over the weekend
  • check in to room
  • about 2:00pm finally head out toward Eiffel tower
  • Walk along Seine River to Eiffel Tower
  • glimpse eiffel tower and cry happily - To realize a childhood dream like this was surreal and it filled me with such joy I couldn't help but cry at the fact I was alive and well and realizing this dream. The little girl in me was so happy and yet I cannot recall when I first became enamored with the idea of going to Paris.
  • Eiffel Tower: this structure is so amazing. It does nothing useful except bring in tourists and so to me it is a structure that exists and stands tall for art's sake. The view is wonderful, the wind at the top refreshing, and the smiles on all those around you are infectious.
  • Cafe, french onion soup, wine, expat, dog, tourists from Arksansas & Missouri: I met an expat from New York who has been living in Paris for 20 years and his friend was in town to play in the jazz festival. We had some good conversations and they bought me a glass of wine - after which I departed to climb the eiffel tower. There were some brief conversations with the other tourists as well, but I mostly spoke with the expat and his friend. The waiter spoke Spanish so i ordered and spoke with him in Spanish.
  • Climb eiffel tower and wait in no lines - I don't know how I managed to not wait in any lines. They only had one lift at the bottom open, all the others were going through repairs. Maybe I didn't wait in line because I decided I would walk the whole way up, which wasn't bad, was quite fun, but I understand I'm only 27 and the elderly tourists or those with small children may not want to do such a thing. Even at second level where you catch the lift to the top (you can only take a lift) I waited in no line. Once there I climbed the stairs to as high as you can climb on the Eiffel Tower. It turns out I was lucky that was open, because if the winds are too strong you are not permitted to leave the enclosed viewing station at the top. The winds were spectacular. I must've taken photos for a dozen or two groups (2+ people).
  • stay on eiffel tower and eat a terrible sandwich
  • starts to rain
  • walk towards arc de triomphe
  • champs elysees
  • arc de triomphe
  • buy Morgan shirt

shirt i bought at the morgan store; it had my name all over it (terrible joke i know)

shirt i bought at the morgan store; it had my name all over it (terrible joke i know)

  • take metro back at about 11:30 pm
  • sleep between 1 & 2 am the next day

Saturday, June 16, 2012
near moulin rouge

near moulin rouge

near moulin rouge

near moulin rouge

near moulin rouge

near moulin rouge

near moulin rouge - by a cemetery i couldn't get good pictures of

near moulin rouge - by a cemetery i couldn't get good pictures of

near moulin rouge

near moulin rouge

near moulin rouge

near moulin rouge

near moulin rouge

near moulin rouge

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moulin rouge

moulin rouge

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moulin rouge

moulin rouge

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metro

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eiffel tower

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

eiffel tower

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eiffel tower

eiffel tower

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arc de triomphe

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looking at arc de triomphe and eiffel tower in the background

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in the metro

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chat noir

chat noir

empty glasses of wine

empty glasses of wine

chat noir in the flesh

chat noir in the flesh

chat noir

chat noir

evasive chat noir

evasive chat noir

view from dinner spot - apparently we sat near somewhere famous

view from dinner spot - apparently we sat near somewhere famous

my friend's dinner

my friend's dinner

we split this salad - mozzarella was awesome sauce

we split this salad - mozzarella was awesome sauce

graffiti art!

graffiti art!

shirt i bought at the morgan store; it had my name all over it (terrible joke i know)

shirt i bought at the morgan store; it had my name all over it (terrible joke i know)

chat noir doesn't like us

chat noir doesn't like us

montmarte

montmarte

montmarte

montmarte

montmarte

montmarte

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art - invader art was everywhere

montmarte graffiti art - invader art was everywhere

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montmarte

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montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

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montmarte

montmarte

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montmarte - sweet looking car; there was another with a bride and groom

montmarte - sweet looking car; there was another with a bride and groom

montmarte and my blue Dali mustache

montmarte and my blue Dali mustache

montmarte and my blue Dali mustache (see finger)

montmarte and my blue Dali mustache (see finger)

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte

montmarte

montmarte

montmarte

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

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montmarte

montmarte

montmarte

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montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte - art in a window

montmarte - art in a window

montmarte - art in a window

montmarte - art in a window

montmarte - art in a window

montmarte - art in a window

montmarte graffiti art - invader

montmarte graffiti art - invader

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art

montmarte graffiti art


montmarte, by sacre coeur

montmarte, by sacre coeur

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montmarte, by sacre coeur

montmarte, by sacre coeur

montmarte, by sacre coeur

montmarte, by sacre coeur

montmarte, by sacre coeur

steps of sacre coeur

steps of sacre coeur

sacre coeur

sacre coeur

from the steps of sacre coeur

from the steps of sacre coeur

view from sacre coeur

view from sacre coeur

sitting on the steps of sacre coeur

sitting on the steps of sacre coeur

view from sacre coeur

view from sacre coeur

sacre coeur

sacre coeur

sacre coeur

sacre coeur

sacre coeur

sacre coeur

sacre coeur

sacre coeur

sacre coeur

sacre coeur

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graffiti art

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big lion by catacombs

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turtle in the fountain!

turtle in the fountain!

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took photo when leaving Jardin/Palais de Luxembourg

took photo when leaving Jardin/Palais de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg - look at the lovers - romantic Paris

Jardin de Luxembourg - look at the lovers - romantic Paris

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Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg - this seagull was giant!

Palais de Luxembourg - this seagull was giant!

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

Palais de Luxembourg

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looks like an old prison

looks like an old prison

looked like an old prison

looked like an old prison

old prison(?)

old prison(?)

gelato in the shape of a flower! Tiramisu and Vanilla in case you were wondering

gelato in the shape of a flower! Tiramisu and Vanilla in case you were wondering

Happy Gelato face

Happy Gelato face

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awesome falafel!

awesome falafel!

new friends

new friends

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Notre Dame and friends

Notre Dame and friends

Notre Dame and friends

Notre Dame and friends

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

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Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

sainte-chapelle floor

sainte-chapelle floor

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

sainte-chapelle

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so many beautiful flower EVERYWHERE

so many beautiful flower EVERYWHERE

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turtle spotting...

turtle spotting...

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i love these metro signs

i love these metro signs

look at the faces

look at the faces

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looking towards the louvre

looking towards the louvre

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locks are at the eiffel tower and everywhere; if you put a lock in paris with your loved one it means the two of you will return to Paris one day

locks are at the eiffel tower and everywhere; if you put a lock in paris with your loved one it means the two of you will return to Paris one day

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  • Breakfast of cereal, croissant & baguette (Free)
  • met ladies at breakfast - names not to be disclosed but labeled by home country - Mexico, Australia, Canada, Argentina.
  • scary man try and scam Australia then followed us with evil look before we ran across the street
  • together we went to a church we saw on the way to Notre Dame: Sainte Chapelle - consecrated in 1248
  • Outside of Notre Dame
  • Awesome Falafel
  • Awesome Gelato
  • Walked in Rain
  • Palais & Jardin de Luxembourg
  • Beautiful statues
  • Catacombes - outside only
  • Lose Mexico & Argentina
  • Canada, Australia, and Myself head to Basilique Du Sacre Coeur
  • Walk through church, but don't go up any stairs
  • View of Eiffel
  • Watch old ladies to make sure Gypsies trying to scam them don't pickpocket them simultaneously
  • Towards Dali art space in Montmartre
  • Artists painting, drawing, & Sketching: truly an artist's area. There were some exceptionally talented artists that I would have bought art from - a portrait of myself and/or other works of art if I had endless money and space to carry such items
  • graffiti - notably graffiti artist Invader
  • dogs playing
  • Canada and I walk Australia back
  • down time for an hour
  • Canada and I walk back to Montmartre to a cafe: La Bonne Franquette
  • Dinner, Wine, Chat Noir: we ordered entirely in French and I think our server was laughing at us as we tried to figure out the proper way to communicate in French.
  • Arc de triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower - sparkles at midnight

Eiffel Tower Sparkles at Midnight

  • Nutalla/Banana Crepe was eaten leaving the Eiffel Tower to catch one of the last trains running at night (metro shuts down between 12:30am-1:00am)
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Bed by 2am the following day

Sunday, June 17, 2012
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last view of paris - waiting for my train to arrive

last view of paris - waiting for my train to arrive

in the metro

in the metro

ridiculous image in the metro for risk of electrocution

ridiculous image in the metro for risk of electrocution

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last parisian meal - a breakfast burger in the afternoon that was followed by a lovely raspberry tart

last parisian meal - a breakfast burger in the afternoon that was followed by a lovely raspberry tart

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catacombs

catacombs

catacombs

catacombs

catacombs

catacombs

catacombs

catacombs

catacombs

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  • Same free breakfast as day before
  • Australia, Canada, and I see Argentina & Mexico in the lobby and figure out why we all got separated
  • Australia, Canada, and I head to catacombs - wait 1 1/2 hours in the beautiful sunshine
  • Australia has to part while in catacombs
  • Canada and I walk around catacombs for 2 hours! I try and recall lessons learned in human osteology while I studied bones: 6,000,000 people's bones in the catacombs
  • Canada and I catch lunch - requesting to eat what our neighbor had: a breakfast burger and salad
  • split a rasberry tart and then headed back to Hostel
  • picked up my things and hit the train station
  • had a conversation with a professor of engineering and i discussed his underwater bicycle/submarine races
  • Home
  • Got to speak with Dad
  • Got to speak with Love
  • BED TIME! by 2 am the following day

Posted by PlanetMEP 05:25 Archived in France Tagged paris

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