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May 14, 2005 - Paris

Paris was also one of my favorite cities. It was very green, with parks everywhere and trees lining a good majority of the streets. It was rainy almost the entire time we were there, but that didn't stop us from going on a bike tour. The Eiffel tower was very cool and after some coaxing, Joe got over his fear of heights and we went to the top

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May 14, 2005 - James and Rachel on the Canal St Martin

James and Rachel got a little bored on the Paris canal trip: Hence some rather "interesting" shots, although not of the famous Canal St Martin or the Hotel du Nord, or the lovely treelined streets running beside the canal, nor the technically amazing locks through which we had to pass (4 in total and actually they did become a little boring after 2),nor the Parc du Villette a very large spacy new park which houses a science centre for kids and a cool slide which James loved.

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May 14, 2005 - France -- Paris

Day 41 - Sat May 14 Paris (Chris) Ok, we rolled into Paris, new train station, new language barrier, new weather: pouring rain. After some trepidation we figured out their metro system and got to the hotel without incident. Other than a un-Seattle-like drenching. Our hotel is in a very cute neighborhood on a street called Rue Cler, which can be a bit like the Pike Place Market at times but with far stinkier cheese. I can often smell the cheese stores (fromagerie) before I see them! The hotel took our bags and we had to find food fast before...

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May 11, 2005 - Paris

Do you remember how I said that Venice is magical? Well so is the Eiffel Tower at night. You can see tons of flashes all around it and coming from it. There are spotlights that shine around the city from it and it is lit up magnificently. It really does look like it should be from a movie and not in real life. The Eiffel Tower was the first thing that we saw in Paris other than the Arche de Triomphe in the middle of the biggest roundabout in the world. Our first day in Paris we got up and went to the artist quarter called Montmartre. There...

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Ungars Travels

May 10, 2005 - Paris day 1

I got up Early took a long walk through Paris about 9am and just had a great time taking in the city. I got hopelessly lost for an hour then got my bearings and found the Louvre which is the most impressive castle I have ever seen both in style and size of the building. When you approach the entrance you are almost completely surrounded by the two enormous wings off the main castle. The wealth that produced this building is beyond my imagination. Of course it was closed due to it being a Tuesday......that is France. I went to the Arch de...

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Scott's vacation

May 7, 2005 - Off to Paris

We took the Eurostar from London to Paris today. Our first time on a train for both of us. It took 2 hour 45 minutes. In England it goes about 80 miles per hour, then in France about 180 miles per hour. The ride was very smooth. We passed lots of nice green countryside, then finally arrived at Gare du Nord (Paris' North train station). It was a little frustrating trying to figure out where to go initially and trying to read the signs. Everything is in French (I thought maybe train stations would have signs in English), so we looked at a map...

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May 7, 2005 - Paris in the Springtime

We left the south of France on Wednesday and rode the "super duper fast train" or TGV, up to Paris. It took four hours, and was a pretty fun trip. The Paris Lyon train station was completely different from the little Arles station. It was huge and there were people everywhere. Goodbye Small Town, Hello Big City. My first exchange with a Parisien didn't go very well. Here's what happened: There we were looking pretty helpless on the train platform with two kids and eleven bags. We were also looking for the driver that was supposed to be...

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May 3, 2005 - Paris, the city of love, of lights, of poetry...

Hey Yall... It was with great difficulty to write a note to yall from Paris, as it was hard to find the time to sit down and write! There were million of things to see and do around here but I love yall so much that I found the time to sit down and put together my thoughts and feelings! ;-) Paris, the city of lights, of love, of poetry and fine arts. It's been my third time to visit Paris and I am still in awe of her openness with breezy boulevards and amorous couples kissing on the benches in the splendid parks dotted with marbles statues....

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May 1, 2005 - Paris, France

Ben and Amit went to Paris. What?? Ben and Amit went to Paris? Oh yes, Ben and Amit did go to Paris, and for one whole half day. As night approached in Collioure we figured a night train would be cheaper than a hotel, and more comfortable than camping on a mountain, sooooo we figured: what better place to visit counterintuitively (in that geographic sense) than Paris? It only cost us a Euro and a half to reserve a seat and we slept some on that seat. We got to Paris at 8 am and by 1 pm we had seen the Arc de Triumph (sp.?), the Eiffel Tower...

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Apr 22, 2005 - Day 26 - From London to Paris

Hi Everyone, Just a short message for Day 26. We said bye to Dad and hung around the flat til about noon. Then we headed over to the grocery store. We took our picnic lunch over to St. James Park and layed around there until it was time to head to the train station. We arrived in Paris in the evening. And that's about it! Two more sleeps til we come home...hopefully someone is picking us up at the airport. See you all soon! Love, Meg & Chad PS: And YES the guard was that HUGE!!!! I think that I was even standing on a curb!

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Apr 18, 2005 - Paris Day 8

This wont be a long message as am using a French keyboard and my slow typing becomes snail like as the letters are in slightly different places. Paris has been lovely - a mix of weather and grey again today - but nothing too serious. Cath and Robbie left this morning for the UK so I think my trip officially starts today. Must go and sort out some accommodation as my itinerary has changed already due to Versaille being closed on a Monday - so am staying another day and heading to Blois tomorrow night after Versaille. I am feeling really...

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Apr 14, 2005 - Paris: Travelling Partners...

Dropped Greg off here before continuing on to my Aunt and Uncles... Was sad to see him go. As it always is with travel companions. It was funnny to think that two months prior I really did not to much about this guy and now I consider him to be a good friend...It amazes me how much you can learn about a person from travelling with them. I think I have written this before, but the thing that I love about travel is that it condenses life. You find out a lot about yourself and about your friends because you have to live every moment of the...

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