Visiting the Eiffel Tower

Bonjour mes amis!

That’s right – I’ve returned…again!  About time, right?!

Today, I bring to you my various adventures at, where else, the Eiffel Tower!  I was fortunate enough to visit this amazing architectural landmark twice, and one of our group visits took us over a bridge very near to the Tower with a great view of it.  On my last trip to the Tower, I was able to knock off #10 from my list of things to do in Paris – go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower!!

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A shot of the Eiffel Tower as we cross the bridge over to Musee Quai Branly for one of our group visits..

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Here’s another imperfect shot of yours truly, this time battling with my skirt in the wind!  It’s okay though… because it was in Paris! 🙂

The first visit I had was a really fantastic evening outing with my three main FPPCM gals.  It wasn’t a super long night, but it was really a memorable experience.  We bought a cheap bottle of champagne, left just after dark, and arrived about fifteen minutes before the Tower’s famous strobe-lights go off on the hour (which is primarily what we went to see).  It was really just a lovely, chilled evening with great company and really something to behold as we watched the lights go off.  I’m pleased to say that some of the film shots I took of this night also turned out, as I really didn’t have a lot of hope that they would given the crazy long exposure times, shaky hands, booze, and no tripod!  (Not to mention, an unfamiliar camera!)

Here are some of the shots from that night!

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Food Adventures in Paris!

Why, hello there!

If you are new to my blog – welcome!  If you are returning – welcome back! 🙂

Firstly, apologies for it being so long since my last post!  For those of you who don’t know, I recently spent three amazing weeks in Paris for a school-related course and it was this trip, in fact, that prompted me to (finally!) create a blog, this very one that you are reading right now.

As a result, my first blog series was (/is!) chronicling my adventures and experiences from that trip.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints between course visits while we were there, the obligatory tourist sight-seeing, our hotel’s very sketchy internet and some technical difficulties with my image processing software, I was unable to stay on top of my Paris updates.

But fear not, I have returned! (Both to my blog and to Toronto!)   Despite being unable to actually publish my posts while I was away, I wrote drafts about each experience  on the days of the respective experiences, so the emotions were still fresh and real.  The upcoming posts that you’ll see will mostly consist of lightly edited versions of those original drafts.  Unfortunately, there will still be some delays as I’m still struggling with my imaging software…and as a photography student, I hate the thought of publishing these posts without photos – especially since I took literally thousands of photos and would like to share a few of my favourites!

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Une journée à Versailles!

Killing two birds with one stone (#12 and #18 on my list of things to do in Paris), I’m writing this at the end of our picnic day at Versailles.  By the time it reaches you, the lovely reader, it will likely be a few days later as I don’t want to ruin an amazingly fantastic, unreal day with hotel internet frustrations! 🙂

Every year that this blissful trip happens, our wonderful course coordinator (the same lovely dude that arranged for us to see the opera) also tries to do a pique-nique at Versailles.  The lucky people that we are, we had our picque-nique – and our 24C weather too!!  Now, as an island girl, you can only imagine how happy I was!! Of course, everyone else wanted to sit in the shade, so we did for the picnic.  After that, it was almost three full hours in the glorious, hot sunshine pour moi!  I walked around the entire Grand Canal (the giant water cross thing) in something ridiculous like under an hour and a quarter, as we were meant to meet at 4:30 and I didn’t have a watch/device with the correct time! (Duh…)

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A very varied feast including roast chicken and potatoes, strawberries, grapes, cherries, bananas, and of course beaucoup de vin, des baguettes, de fromage, des chocolats and other yummy desserts!

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Champs-Elysees, L’Opera National de Paris

Bonjour mes Amis!

Je regrette que it has been a while.  As you see, my French is not so great, but I’m trying!  I guess you could say I am ticking off  #16 on my list to parler plus francais!  I certainly am doing well enough to survive but I definitely use a lot of supplementary gestures and nonsensical French to get my points across!

Paris est très, très magnificent!

I have now been here for a week (as of today!) and I can’t believe how much we have done.  I sincerely apologise for the delay in getting this post up and I promise to try my absolute best that the next won’t take so long.  I certainly walked at least double what I do in Toronto on each of my first two days, and probably a few other days as well.  Hopefully all the additional walking will help prevent me from gaining weight from all of the amazing food I’ve been devouring!! (I expect I’ll be able to write at least two or three posts on the food alone!!)

Apart from all of the FANTASTIC institutions I’ve been to (stay tuned for a separate update as that was also on my list…among many other cool things, I got to see originals from some of my most recently studied photographers such as Eugene Atget and Eadweard Muybridge – yes, photography friends, I all but peed my pants/feinted/a combination of the two), I’m happy to say that I have already completed several things on my Paris to-do list, so here is the update, of course avec les photos!

In one day, I got to stroll along the Champs-Elysees; cross one of the love lock bridges; see the Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the infamous Louvre pyramid; stroll along the riverside; and visit the Shakespeare and Co. store avec trois belles filles fantastiques.  Unfortunately, the weather was very weird that day with pouring rain one minute and sunshine ten minutes later, but we were armed with our umbrellas and did not let it stop us.  I’ve also been to the Pantheon, eaten lots of patisseries delicieuse et beaucoup du fromage, I am drinking more vin than usual and I also have done a few bonuses not on my list such as seen the Bastille and visited the ?? Museum.  (Stay tuned for upcoming posts..)

For sake of trying to keep this post somewhat short (is that even possible?), I shall only talk about two of my achievements here – besides, it will motivate me to write more sooner!  So here goes…

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