Wednesday September 3, 2003

Back home - the Paris travelog

Category: Life & Me | 14 Comments | Posted 23:04

Right, so I just got back from wonderful, gorgeous, incomparable Paris, most beautiful city in the world that I will never tire of. Am I annoying? Just have to stress it. Everyone must love Paris. Actually no. I'm not prepared to share it with everyone, so keep out! X( *heehee*

Right, so a shortish report, mainly cuz that way I can always look up what we did. Yeah so I told you about the first day. Then the 2nd day... er.. (see, I'm forgetting already) we went to the Assemblée Nationale to see the multiethnic Mariannes (but they'd taken them down, sod), to a photo exhib. of pretty Hungarian castles, and to the Champ de Mars for a rather interesting exhibition of satellite photographs of the world. It was all from an ecological point of view - "look what we've done to our planet, now we must be careful", which was interesting and depressing to see, but it was also quite cool in general. I love satellite pics. I took a photo of the one of Paris :))

Er, ah yes I went to WHSmith on Rue de Rivoli, ah and the wonderful Forum des Halles, as ever, for shopping (tho I didn't buy anything). And showed the Sainte Chapelle to my mum, one delicious little church. Much walking was done. Much walking was done throughout the whole trip. I calculated that we went to every arrondissement from 1 to 8 on our first 2 days, and we only caught the Metro twice. Paris isn't that big but it adds up. Which is the only reason we felt ready to go home today - legs and feet hurting. They were hurting after the 2nd day in fact :)) But our Paris trips are always like that and it would be a shame to miss out on walking around those wonderful streets :P

OK, 3rd day... in the morning my mum went to the Galeries Lafayette, which I find boring so I wandered around (found coool panorama photos of Paris) and went online. I realised that with Lafayette being in the 9th arr't, my mum would have "done" one more than I so I walked right across the 1st and 2nd to the 1st street corner of the 9th :)) Saw a nice church I'd never seen before on the way. Caught the Metro back tho :| On our "exhibition program" we had Marlene Dietrich at the fashion museum and a show of paintings by people in mental institutions (notably Arthur Bispo do Rosario), which was altogether rather cool. More walking was done, I dragged my mum up the hill to the Pantheon to see the Eglise St Etienne du Mont, which was closed (so we went back today).

Yeah so that was the first thing we did today, then we went down to the 14th arr't where there's a gorgeous hidden little street I wanted to show my mum. I tried to convince her to go to 11th, 12th and 13th first to not break the "rule" of visiting them all (the train station is in the 10th so that was covered), but she refused. :| Anyway, back up, went to the rather interesting "Crypte du Parvis Notre Dame" to study the history of the Ile de la Cité, then for a walk around the Ile St Louis, and that was it.

I am rather obsessed with Notre Dame. Always have been, but a little more now. 13 of my 57 pics taken are of Notre Dame. 26 are of 3 more churches. 18 are of other things :| I think I may start collectings Notre Dames. You know, cards, books, glass Notre Dames, china Notre Dames, plastic Notre Dames etc. It would be only one step further from collecting Gothic churches as I do now.

Right, that's it. Am home now, my legs have recovered on the long train journey, my suitcase isn't unpacked (and won't be for weeks) and I am online chatting. Business as usual. This was a rather lucrative trip btw, I went there with 20 Euros in my wallet and came back with 40! :)) Ah mums are a useful thing sometimes... :)) Will show you the jumper I (er, my mum) bought on my webcam. The pics will be on the MyPix site soon. And now will be off. Byyeeeeeee!



Ooooh @ paintings, fascinating...

*wants to see jumper*


Posted by: The BML at September 3, 2003 11:36 PM



Posted by: Clarissa at September 3, 2003 11:40 PM

And @ jumper.


Posted by: The BML at September 3, 2003 11:45 PM

Posted by: Clarissa at September 3, 2003 11:48 PM

You lost me on the 5th paragraph LOL!! What with the 11th and the 14th... I was once lost/abandoned in Paris. And it was not good, no no. So you can keep it.

You walked everywhere??? Jesus you must have been in agony!! Sounds like you had a great trip tho. Aww, cute Citz taking pic of satelite pic of Paris!! wb!

Posted by: Sinead at September 4, 2003 12:24 AM

Wow - the luxury of having comments that WORK!!! *not looking at anyone in particular*

Posted by: Sinead at September 4, 2003 12:25 AM

LOL Sinead somehow your comments ended up on the wrong entry so I moved them
And yes, legs weren't happy at all, no no. But be ok. Was worth it.
And INDEED @ comments! Bloody Enetation

Posted by: Clarissa at September 4, 2003 12:27 AM

Why don't you like Galleries Lafayette?? It's not boring at all! It has a huge selection of underwear and even wedding dresses! LOL. And the Sushi Café is nice too, I always eat there when I shop there.

Posted by: Suha at September 4, 2003 07:17 AM

WB Clarissa.

Glad u enjoyed the trip. You'll never meet me in Paris cuz I don't like it all that much. :-P

Posted by: RS78 at September 4, 2003 08:03 AM

Oooh fun! I too want to live close to an interesting country :\
@ went there with 20 Euros and came back with 40

Posted by: Jar Jar at September 4, 2003 10:30 AM

LOL @ Suha, I thought you would like them. I don't mind them, it has interesting designers, but I can't afford those at the moment anyway. And my mum only goes to the boring designers. I hate Sushi

@ RS78! Tsk tsk

'lo Jarness

Posted by: Clarissa at September 4, 2003 11:30 AM

Posted by: miriam at September 4, 2003 12:04 PM

How can one hate Sushi??? LOL
It's THE best food! Too bad it's not recommended to eat it during pregnancy.... ;)

Posted by: Suha at September 4, 2003 05:58 PM

It's not?
And no, it's eurgh, it tastes of seaweed.

Posted by: Clarissa at September 6, 2003 09:57 AM