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22 March 2006

Paris 3/28 - 4/4

Some of you already know this, but... we are Going to Paris!


Silver
You must visit the Musee d'orsey, the paris opera house, the Trocedero (set aside some time after or before the Eiffel tower to have lunch on the plaza, beautiful)
Jim Morrison is in the Pere LeChese Cemetary, but his body isn't in that grave, it's in an unmarked one on the other side.
Go up to Montmartre, see the Cathedral and the Salivador Dali museum, then head down the hill to the red light district just to see the Moulin Rouge.
Wake up early and buy a baguette from a bread shop and eat it quickly, they turn into a rock by noon.
Remember that coffee can be ordered by asking for a "cafe americain, it's half espresso and half water, tastes kind of like coffee.
Take lots of pictures.
Ride the Metro everywhere, walk a lot.
The French are nicer to you if you try to speak french, if you just use English they ignore you.
There is so much to Paris that is beautiful, if you are going to the Louvre, make sure to arrive long before it opens, because you can spend all day there and you still won't see everything.
Visit the Tuilieries Gardens, they are magnificent.
The Rodin Museum is a quick stop, but nice to see.
so much, so very much, it's hard to recommend it all


Posted by Silver on Wed Mar 22 02:36:00 PST 2006
Malachi

Thanks for the recommendations!

Yeah, we decided our best bet was to stay somewhere between the Louvre and Marais so that we would be more likely to walk to stuff.  There were cheaper places with jacuzzi's still available, but we decided that location was more important.

And, although I realize it may seem like I am not likely to walk much... It was my idea to be where we could walk.  And yesterday, while waiting for Dino's passport to be corrected, I walked probably 25 blocks up and down steep hills in Seattle.

We are planning on getting a week-long metro pass so that we never have to worry about whether we have change to hop on the metro.  We are also planning on getting one of the all-monument passes that will allow us to go to whatever monuments we want, whenever we want, as often as we want.  While we expect to see the Eiffel Tower, we also expect to go to the Louvre more than once.

We are both very excited (and a little nervous, still waiting for the hotel confirmation ..)...  We really don't know what to expect, but... I think the year of French and 3 years of French Conversation will help at least encourage people to be nice to us ;)  I look forward to trying to avoid English, though I expect they will get frustrated at my lack of fluency and switch to English.

Think next time we may go to the Mediterranean or Amsterdam or possibly a Cruise ;)

 



Posted by Malachi on Wed Mar 22 02:59:00 PST 2006
Silver
the key is that you try french, even if you botch it, most europeans are fluent in English, but will only speak it if you have attempted their language. it's all about respect, I have the same opinion here, if you don't even try english then I ain't helping.

Posted by Silver on Wed Mar 22 03:12:00 PST 2006
Malachi
Personally, I would prefer to not speak any English while I am there... of course, that might get us to Switzerland instead of to the Eiffel Tower, but, heh - worth a shot, right? ;)

Posted by Malachi on Wed Mar 22 03:14:00 PST 2006
WILL POWER!
Don't forget to eat some frog.

Posted by WILL POWER! on Wed Mar 22 13:38:00 PST 2006
Sylkwyrm

Well thats doublé entendre!



Posted by Sylkwyrm on Thu Mar 23 03:23:00 PST 2006
Malachi
Already done that.

Posted by Malachi on Wed Mar 22 15:03:00 PST 2006