France & Scotland 2001

RER/Metro Ride

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Paris, France

Here're Amy and Katy as we travel on the rail system (RER) from Charles de Gaulle to the Paris Metro system. What you can't see are the chairsfull of luggage for five people behind and next to me.

Instead of big credit card-sized metro tickets they had tiny movie ticket-sized passes with hologram strips, saving on paper ans looking way cooler than anything in the U.S.

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Parisian street & Store

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Here's a normal-looking Parisian boulevard.

The sign for the “G20 Supermarche” is for one of their supermarkets. The whole store was the size of a one-bedroom apartment. The super part refers to the selection of items, not to the size.

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''Ball play is strictly prohibited''

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There were several groups of guys playing football/soccer on the manicured lawns of the Esplanade des Invalides. The sign below reads "Ball play is strictly prohibited". The gold dome is the Eglise du Dôme, under which Napoleon is entombed.

You'll see several shots of it since it's quite impressive and we kept passing it on our way to our hotel.

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Hot Wheels

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Look ma, clown cars. All of the vehicles we saw in Paris were tiny compared to American SUV behemoths.

Difference in scale was one thing that I noticed on the trip. We're used to big roads, big cars and tall buildings. In the U.S. we have alot of space becuase we sprawled out over the countryside as our cities developed. In Europe the cities are centuries old and as such have narrow streets and not much in the way of parking, hence the tiny cars, tiny grocery stores and teeny bathrooms.

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Landmarks

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The Rodin Museum

On our way out of the museum, I caught this view of the Eglise du Dôme, Le Penseur, and the Eiffel Tower. Napoleon's entombed beneath that dome, but more on that later.

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Parisian Typography

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After we left the Rodin Museum, we took the (original) Metro to see the Salvador Dali Museum on Monmartre. No cameras were allowed, so nothing here. But I did get a chance to see some intersting examples of Parisian typography along the way.

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The Red Windmill

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Christina (James' girlfriend) had a hankering to just see the home of the Parisian can-can: Moulin Rouge. The eponymous red windmill can be seen on top of it.

We got a fair bit of walking in since the Metro stop we needed was closed, which we didn't find that out until the doors had closed and we were moving.

By this time, I was hungry, tired and cranky since I'd basically been up since the day before with little sleep. We were still going since Amy's (well-traveled) advice was to put in a full day to make us want to sleep once we did. It worked.

By the way, Nicole Kidman, Ewan MacGregor and Lady Marmalade were no where to be found.

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The .sara Line

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Coincidentally enough, the Metro/RER line that took us to Versailles was the .sara train. Okay, so it wasn't the ".sara" line, but it's close enough.

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Parisian dinner

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One of the best meals I ever had (canard de confit - duck). This place had the best French onion soup. It was also the last meal Amy and I had as boyfriend and girlfriend….

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Stoplights

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At that restaurant was this intersection with more signal lights than I’ve ever seen together. I count 12 in this one picture.

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La Hotel

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We stayed at the Hotel de la Tulipe, which was at one point a convent. It had this very nice courtyard and was nice and convenient since we were only a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower.

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Trees and masonry

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A nice sidewalk across from the cathedral on our way to The Louvre.

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City hall

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On our way to the louvre, we stopped by City Hall and I took this picture of Katy and Amy. They had an French organic food bazaar going on in the courtyard right in front of it. We ended up buying a few bottles of this great sparkling apple cider which we later served at our engagement party during Homecoming Weekend.

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The Original Metro

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A nice example of the art-deco subway signs, just outside the Louvre.

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Metro detail

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A close-up of the previous picture to show some of the detail in the lettering.

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Sidewalk

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After we had spent the better part of the afternoon in the cemetary, we realized that we all had to go to the bathroom. Being a cemetary and all, there weren’t any public facilities available. Since we were on the other side of the cemetary from where we entered, we could either trace our route back, which would take an half an hour or so, or try and find an exit on the north side. We eventually did, and went and got some chocolate pudding and drinks at a small cafe where we finally used the facilities.

Afterwards, we headed down this road, trying to hail a taxi (since the Metro workers were on strike) to get us to the Arc de Triomphe.

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The Champs Elysees

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Guess where this is.

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Flagship

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Amy couldn’t pass up the chance to visit the Louis Vuitton flagship shore on the Champs. In a very Pretty Woman moment, she got a little something there as a very nice souvenir.

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The Champs at night

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A view down the Champs at night, with the Paris ferris wheel at the far end.

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Pont Pigeons

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In our light night in Paris, we took a tour on the Seine. Most of the images were all blurry once again, but I did snap this one of pigeons roosting on the small ledges of the bridge’s base.

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Boat tour

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This picture on the boat captures our time in Paris wonderfully.

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Siblings

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Amy (right), with her brother James and sister Katy. Christina, James’ then-fiancée, is sitting next to me and isn’t entirely visible since I was going for a sibling shot.

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French village

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Between Paris and the English Channel was this little French town.

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