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Jul 25, 2004 - Paris, oh man, Paris

Hello everyone I'm completely in love with Paris - its energetic and quirky and colourful and beautiful. I arrived on Saturday and checked into my 18th century hostel then went along the Rue de Rivoli just around the corner to check out the local shopping. Next it was a walk along the Siene River (100m from the hostel in the other direction). It was completely packed with people promenading, sunbathing, lounging, posing and just enjoying the sights. Sunbathing I hear you ask...well yes, the Parisians have decided that they will bring the...

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Miezis World Tour

Jul 8, 2004 - Off to Paris

We got out of Pamplona in one piece. Slept all we could waiting for our train, then we took a train to Hendaye which is on the border with Spain/France. We then switch trains and head through the Pyranees. We will sleep on the train tonight and arrive to Paris in the moring.

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Jul 5, 2004 - Been a bumpy time in Paris

Things have not been going very well in Paris so far. The language barrier is quite severe, but shelly did an excellent job ordering breakfast this morning. Web access is really expensive and limited, so we will not be uploading any pictures until that changes. Yesterday we arrived at our hotel for the night and were not impressed for what we were paying. We found a new place that we are much happier with and moved over here today. After that we walked down to the Lourve. Saw all the hot spots; the Mona Lisa, Madonna on the rocks, stele of...

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Lost in Europe

Jul 5, 2004 - If it´s Sunday, I´m in Munich, if it´s Monday, I´m in Paris...

Today I´m in Paris (actually, I´m writing from Barcelona...just post-dating it a bit). I got on a train last night in Munich in the same car as a group of 30 high school students, parents, and one poor teacher travelling through Germany and France. They could not believe how small the cabins were and that 6 people were expected to sleep in them...I just wanted to yell, "welcome to my world, kiddies." Anyway, around 10pm or so, they started to sign the Star Spangled Banner, as it was July 4th, after all. Actually, they were screaming it and...

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Jul 4, 2004 - Parisian style

We TGV'd (tay-jay-vae if you are our Aussie nephew Oscar) our way to Paris after Rhett almost got stuck in a parking garage with the rental car and are loving roaming and eating our way around the romantic Latin Quarter. Jumping on our flight home tomorrow, looking forward to seeing you all. au revoir!

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Jun 23, 2004 - Paris, France

To be completely honest, France caught us way off gaurd! After leaving the basically English speaking town of Amsterdam, we were not ready at all for what we met upon our arrival to Paris. I suppose we were overly naiive to think that we could get by in every country with a few catch phrases but we got over that really quickly! Due to bad planning we arrived at about 8AM with no place to stay! We tried to orient ourselves desperately, but unfortunately we had to revert to the only familiar thing we could find...a comfort inn located really...

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Jun 14, 2004 - in paris

ok i need to find a faster internet connection, but here are some photos so far, thanks to the very helpful man at this internet cafe. ok yesterdqy i climbed the eiffel tower and then i went to the musee d'orsay, then i went to notre dame for mass, then i walked around for a few hours in the most historic area in paris; im at the picasso museum today, im just taking a break now i go to a cafe, then more museum, sorry about my language skills, but this typewritter is very strange , and im used to speaking french now, d'accord, merci...

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May 28, 2004 - Hotel Ermitage, Paris

We arrived in Paris about 9:30 AM. First thing we needed to do was find the Metro and make it to our hostel. This was not as easy as in London because nobody spoke English and the Metro was not the same. We managed to find some help and got on Metro line 6 to 11. We realized way back in London that directions are hardly ever right. Even when booking a hostel and getting directions from them, they might not be complete. And when asking locals or anyone, that is another story. We try to use our maps as much as possible, this after wandering...

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May 14, 2004 - The Eagle has landed

Bonjour! So, after a long plane flight, an even longer time trying to get to hostel, I finally made it. First impression, I love it! Although I was totally overwhelmed first. First, while trying to put a lock on my packback at the airport, my lock breaks right after I lock my back pack, making it impossible to get into my backpack until I get to my hostel. Then, I get totally confused by the metro, and am trying to find a way out of the labryinth. Tired, hot and frustrated, I arrive on time to my hostel. I spent the rest of the day...

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May 10, 2004 - London/Paris

Up early today so I could say goodbye to Sandra and Jake. Shipped off some stuff to the States and then headed to the train station. Grabbed some lunch for the ride and jumped on the Eurostar about noon for my ride to Paris. The highlight of this trip was that I was going to be able to go through the Chunnel (apparently nobody in Europe calls it the Chunnel...it's simply the Channel Tunnel). Unfortunately this was woefully anticlimactic but it was something I wanted to do and now I've done it. Off the train about three hours later and...

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Colin's World Tour

May 8, 2004 - Pardon my French

I finally have photos to upload - woo hoo! This is my last full day in France and I think I have walked every square inch of the place. Paris is fairly easy to navigate once you figure out the Metro system - even I, with no sense of direction, have not gotten terribly lost yet. I have come to realize how truly awful my French is. Every time I try a phrase on a native Parisien, I get a totally blank look. Fortunately, most of them take pity on me and reply in English, "What?" Anyway, my time is almost up. I still don't have my Amsterdam...

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Apr 12, 2004 - Paris

It is easy to see why so many guidebooks rank Paris at the top of their "must-sees" of Europe. The city is absolutely crammed with sights and sounds, and while few countries are wholly and accurately represented by their capital city, Paris is indeed a good introduction to France. After struggling to find accomodation for the first several hours after arriving in Paris, we settled down in perhaps the worst hostel we had ever been in. Gripes aside, we set off on the following morning and made haste to France's most famous landmark, the...

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World Trip 03/04

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