Paris 09 Ancien - Quartier Arsenal

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    • Day 2

      Arrive in Paris

      June 15, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      We arrived in Paris after about 5 hours of sleep in the past three days. (The flight put us in Paris at 2am Indy time but 7 am Paris time- since it is pretty hard to sleep on a plane and I was distracted by the plane’s trivia game (I felt the need to smoke PJ whoever that was) none of us slept that night and the check in for our room was 3pm. That meant we had the whole day with all our stuff to wander. Aiden got an A on his test on French public transportation and he proved it by confidently getting us into the city. Since the point of the trip is to walk with all we need for the trip on our backs I decided we couldn’t really complain. But it is HOT in Paris and always crowded. We rented bikes and decided to hit the top sites all around the city since Jon and I decided that popping up from the subway doesn’t give you a good feel for where you are (we’ve done that method of site seeing here before but both times it was winter and cold). The biking seemed like a good idea because Paris is supposed to be a bike friendly town but I felt like cars and pedestrians were just daring me to play chicken with them and I always chickened out. I decided biking around Paris is not as romantic as it sounds. The trail on the Seine is fine but the Champs Elysees by bike is not for the faint of heart (more power to you, Tour de France riders. That’s some bumpy cobblestone!). I had never seen the Arc de Triomphe so close up and it was a lot bigger than I thought! Napoleon is still taking revenge on the foreign cultures because Jon got his ATM card eaten by a machine at Napoleon’s tomb. Now we are a little concerned about how to acquire cash for the little alburgues in Spain. We still have one more but now we are hesitant to use it.

      Aiden and Ollie’s French has been useful to me and especially their knowledge of culture and history. Aiden even understood the significance of the bike locks on the bridge to Sainte Chapelle. I would have missed that detail had he not known. Madame Blaz has done her job! We even ate baguette hot dogs today because Aiden did a presentation on them for school once. Ollie always acts like he doesn’t pay attention in school but he definitely can pick up where Aiden leaves off. He’s pretty sharp.

      We are staying in a hostel because we had to really spread the grant money thin since I did the budget 2 years ago. We have our own room and many families are here but in true French style what they advertised as air conditioning is really just a fan that doesn’t stay on and a window that doesn’t open all the way. It is hot. (Did I mention that?!) The cool breezes of the Pyrenees will be welcome.
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    • Day 3

      Travel Day 3: Walking in Paris

      May 16, 2023 in France ⋅ 🌙 52 °F

      According to my phone (I didn’t use the Garmin all day, which was a mistake), I walked 13.8 miles today! Some of my routes were from Google, while others I made up in the moment, and I saw incredible things all day long.
      1. There is a mind-boggling amount of statuary in this city. Here’s JC in the Jardin des Tuileries.
      2. These irises were enormous! I’ve never seen anything like them.
      3. Again from the Jardin des Tuileries. I’m assuming that trumpeters who play on horseback have fewer teeth.
      4. Obligatory, non? I didn’t go in, but I was happy to see it in person.
      5. I stumbled on this by accident! It’s the Tour Saint-Jacques, a historic landmark along the chemins de Compostelle, as the Camino is known here.
      6. So many cafes, brasseries, patisseries, bars, crêperies, etc.! I didn’t eat here but appreciated the flair with which it is decorated.
      7. Lovely fruit. I didn’t see as many of these as I have noticed in NYC, though.
      8. I wonder how long the paving stones on which I walked have been there?
      9. Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont. 15th century. Amazing.
      10. That’s Notre Dame with the cranes. Beautiful end to the day!
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    • Day 1–2

      Anreise nach Paris

      November 28, 2023 in France ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

      So, meine Lieben,
      erster Post 😌 aus dem schönen Paris. Die Anreise war wie in üblicher Viola Manier wieder ein wenig holprig. Zunächst ließ mich die KVB im Stich im Herzen Kölns, dem Neumarkt 😄, von wo ich dann einen Sprint zum HBF Köln einlegen musste.
      Mit großem Backpack auf dem Rücken, Rucksack vor der Nase und einer Bauchtasche ein wenig anstrengender als geplant, wenn man gute 1,5 km hinter sich bringen muss. Zum Glück war ich vorher fleißig im Lauftraining gewesen.
      In Aachen als Zwischenstopp angekommen, wurde ich vom Schnee überrascht, der die Strecke bis Brüssel bedeckte. Wir konnten aber zum Glück weiterfahren. Endlich in Paris eingetroffen, begab ich mich vollgepackt zur Metro. Die Linie 5 war da aber ein wenig frickelig zu finden. Die Franzosen habe mich aber direkt tatkräftig unterstützt. Eine Französin hat mich dann sogar bis zum Gleis begleitet. Da sag mal jemand, dass die Pariser*innen nicht nett sind. Zugegebenermaßen lag es daran, dass nur auf Französisch kommuniziert wurde. Glücklicherweise hat mein Gehirn aber direkt geswitched und ich habe mich soweit gut durchgeschlagen.
      Im Hostel The People im Herzen Paris habe ich ein sehr schönes Mehrbettzimmer ergattert. Anschließend bin ich dann noch durch die blaue Stunde Paris gelaufen. Insbesondere die sich im Bau befindliche Notre Dame hat es mir angetan.
      Morgen geht’s dann ab zum Flughafen Orly, von wo aus mein Flieger auf die Guadeloupe geht. 🛫🏖️
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    • Day 4

      Paris - ein Abend in Marais

      July 30, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Nachdem wir entschieden haben, nicht in die Hauptstadt mit dem Womo zu fahren um dort zu nächtigen, stehen wir nun auf dem Stellplatz am Disneyland ca. 1 Zugstunde außerhalb von Paris. Für einen kurzen Abstecher mussten wir aber trotzdem schon mal Parisluft schnuppern und so fuhren wir ins Stadtteil Marais. Unterwegs trafen wir noch ein paar Altenburger: Meli und Leni … zurück am Stellplatz: 0:50 Uhr 🥱 Guts NächtleRead more

    • Day 2

      Travel Day 2: Le Jet Lag

      May 15, 2023 in France ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

      I made it to Paris! The flight was LONG but calm and on time. Drizzly today, so the souvenir shops are doing a brisk business in umbrellas, but I am ever aware of my pack weight on the trail ahead and didn’t shop at all. More sight-seeing tomorrow before I head south.
      1. My hotel is adorable. The view from my window seems very Parisian to these American eyes.
      2. Notre Dame is a veritable hive of reconstructive activity, swathed in scaffolding and cranes. Fortunately the gargoyles continue their work on this corner.
      3. Charlemagne et sus Leudes, next to Notre Dame. I’m thrilled to be walking on his path in a few days! Brass playing friends, note the olifant on Roland’s belt.
      4. I fear the photo doesn’t do it justice, but this is at Square René Viviani. I’m glad to be here for spring lushness.
      5. I had my vegetarian dinner here. I wish my veg friends had been with me! The chocolate mousse for dessert didn’t photograph well but reader, I moaned. It was delicious.
      6. So many bridges!
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    • Day 18

      Marais and the Orsay

      February 20 in France ⋅ ☁️ 50 °F

      The Marais is definitely one of the neater areas of Paris, and this is the first time I've been to the Orsay (famous art museum with lots of Impressionists) so that was neat :) (And yes, I know my finger photobombed one of them lol)Read more

    • Day 22

      Back in Paree

      October 4, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      Travel day today. Flew Transavia Air from Porto to Paris, Orly. Flight was delayed an hour due to fog, then after we boarded we were stuck on the tarmac for another hour before we finally got airborne. And that is how a two hour flight becomes an all day affair.

      Grabbed a taxi to our hotel, the Caron de Beaumarchais in the marais district. It’s a lovely olde worlde hotel with chunky wood beams and plenty of USB ports for charging your renaissance gadgets. The French are very forward thinking.

      Now we are doing laundry just around the corner as I’m paranoid I may have picked up bedbugs somewhere. I have 3 little bites on my stomach I cannot explain and with how many places we’ve slept in the past few weeks one must assume the worst. I may have to buy an entire new wardrobe in Paris. Tant pis!

      I know you’re wondering so I’ll kill the suspense. Caron de Beaumarchais wrote the opera, « The Marriage of Figaro » in 1774. Of course he probably called, it Le Marriage de Figaro. Please excuse my rough translation.

      The laundromat we’re using is very cool. You can pay and control the machines with your phone, or by tapping your credit card. Or you can empty your pockets of all those heavy euro coins you’ve been hauling around which is what we did. Quelles sauvages.
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    • Day 27

      Rusty things and shiny buttons

      October 9, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

      Had a most excellent time shopping today at Les Puces de Vanves flea market. We managed to get up and out early and had the Metro nearly all to ourselves. Within a few minutes after we arrived at the market I had struck my first bargain using the old frown-and-walk-away method. The seller relented and called me back to the table. I now own a rusty tool designed for an unknown purpose. It works flawlessly, I’m sure. More importantly, the ice had been broken.

      The next vendor succumbed to the bundling technique. Two for 10€, you say? How about 15€ for all four? Done. With an Eiffel Tower keychain thrown in for free.

      Up and down the street we went; our shopping bags began to bulge. Finally the time came to leave and as we retraced our path we caught a glimpse of something shiny. Like magpies, we hopped over to inspect. They were buttons, mother of pearl mostly, many missing their shanks and in unusual shapes suggesting they were perhaps factory seconds? In any case they were beautiful, each one unique. We sifted through the large tray full, sharing our favorites and assuming they were too expensive, probably 1€ apiece. Then the man said he would sell us the whole tray (actually a large film can) for 30€. Out came our wallets. No haggling except to ask for the film can, too. We now own a couple hundred (more) buttons. When we got back to the hotel we opened the tin and resumed sifting and sorting our horde like kids with their Halloween candy. Very soothing, the smooth buttons clicking through your fingers.
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    • Day 36

      Coulée verte René-Dumont

      March 7 in France ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

      Ich fühle mich fast wie eine echte Pariserin, als ich mir mein Frühstück in der Boulangerie gegenüber hole, um es auf den Coulée Verte zu futtern. Eigentlich sollte es ja ein Croissant werden - ob die Pariser tatsächlich so gut sind, wie die von 'Good child' zu Hause? Aber das Baguette Pistazie-weiße Schokolade konnte ich mir nicht entgehen lassen - zu Recht 😋.
      Die bepflanzte ehemalige Bahntrasse war ein toller Tipp! Sie möchte ich gerne noch mal sehen, wenn die Bäume Blätter haben. Das muss ein schön geschützter Raum sein! Meine Zeit bis zur Abfahrt reichte genau, um die ganze Strecke zu erkunden.
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    • Day 3

      Travel Day 3: Faces of Paris

      May 16, 2023 in France ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

      I loved how there are faces lurking everywhere in Paris - on buildings, bridges, etc. I especially appreciate the moustaches. Here are a few, plus a sculpture with a very expressive face at the Musee d’Orsay. I think she’s about to finally make that important decision.Read more

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