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May 28, 2005 - we in the red light district!

so we got into paris. we walk to our hotel from the train station, and i swear, i am going to absolutely murder sta travel. how can they in good faith put people in these places? don't get me wrong. the hotel is very nice, clean, and has a pleasant staff (all the french are pleasant--sarcasm, sarcasm). but this friendly hotel is literally in the midst of sodom and gomorrah. fortunatly, the metro stop is not that far. and we've really only had a couple of cat calls before our smoldering detroit "don't even go there, i will KILL you" sneers...

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May 26, 2005 - Primeiro dia em Paris

Ao chegar em Paris, fomos direto para Sacre-Coeur, pois era caminho para o Centro de Paris. A cidade é linda em todos os aspectos: arquitetura, paisagem, mistura de raças, etc. A Sacre-Coeur é uma basilica que pode ser vista de varios locais de Paris, devido sua amplitude e localizaçao (Norte). Foi construida entre 1876 e 1910. Apos essa rapida visita, fomos ao Moulin Rouge que foi um cabare de grande circulaçao no inicio do séeculo. Atuamente ele é apenas uma casa de espetaculos e dança. Ja estavamos exaustos com a viagem e fomos em...

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LuLe Europa 2005

May 24, 2005 - Ca y est, j'ai enfin créé mon blog...

Modeste étape franchie aujourd'hui : la création de mon "blog" ! Soyez indulgents, pour le moment je tatonne, j'espere qu'en un an je serai devenue une pro du blog et que mon site sera pas trop mal... Je profite de ce premier message pour remercier du fond du coeur tous les participants à ma petite fete dimanche ! (y compris le soleil ;o) ) Ca m'a vraiment touchée que vous ayez préparé la chanson, le quizz... Et bien sur l'appareil photo est TOP !! D'ailleurs si vous voyez des photos au-dessus de ce texte c'est que mon essai pour les mettre...

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May 18, 2005 - Paris (Orsay), France

Not much to tell really. I am here, outside of Paris to work with a colleague who is knowledgeable on the experiment I am going to be doing next week in CERN. He just returned from holiday and this is the only time we can meet. There are three main groups working on this project. There are the laser guys, I don't bother them. There are the people from Orsay who are working on part of the data collection and have contributed the data acquisition system and then there is my data collection station. Serge, is from Orsay but knows the...

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Living in Leuven

May 16, 2005 - Good-bye Morocco

Well, it's my last week in Morocco...I am currently preparing for exams and writing final papers, and then it's off to France!!! For great food, company, culture, family, relaxation, decompression and preparation for my trip around the world! You can reach me on my cell phone in France at 011.33.6.23.44.43.02 at any time between 23 May and 13 June, or at my home phone in Rennes between the 28th of May and June 8th at 011.33.2.99.83.40.43. I would love to hear from as many people as possible before I embark on my intese voyage, when I will...

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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 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 - 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 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 - 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 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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