Paris 12 Ancien - Quartier Saint-Jacques

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  • Day6

    Day of the Dead

    September 5, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Yesterday, we had the chance to explore the Saint-Germaine area where we're staying. There are lots of little souvenir shops with mini Eiffel towers and macarons. We saw the love lock bridge, a bridge covered in locks. People can buy a lock and couples or families sign their names on it, lock it on the bridge and throw the key into the water. The tradition started when a hungarian woman lost her boyfriend. She began locking locks on all the bridges where they had been together. Couples liked the idea and began to do the same thing, eventually the french saw the Italians doing it, and decided to do it too.

    Today, we got to try crepes filled with chocolate, caramel or other toppings. We went to visit the Montparnasse cemetery where Simone de Beauvoir, a prominent feminist from the 50s was buried. Afterwards, we went 20m under Paris to visit the Catacombes. We walked through 2km of of skulls and bones with an audio guide giving us the history and facts about the Catacombes. In the early 1800s, there were mass graves in Paris that began to cave in and collapse. Some people's cellars would become flooded with dead bodies. There was also another problem in Paris: some of the buildings were built on top of empty limestone quarries, so the buildings were also collapsing. The government decided on a solution for both problems, they filled the quarries with the bones of the dead from some of the cemeteries. Eventually, the catacombes opened for the public, but it it believed that the are 200km of tunnels under the city that are closed to the public.

    Trivia question: Which costs more? A fresh baguette filled with goat cheese, prosciuto and lettuce or a cup of earl grey tea?
    Put your answers in the comments below and we will reveal the answer next week.

    Hier, on a eu la chance d'explorer la région Saint-Germaine oû nous restons. Il y a beaucoup de petits boutiques de souvenirs avec des petits tours d'Eiffels et des macarons. On a marché sur le love lock bridge, un pont couvert de cadenas. Les gens peuvent acheter un cadenas et les familles ou les couples peuvent mettre leur nom dessus, le verrouiller sur le pont et lancer la clé dans l'eau.

    Aujourd'hui, on a mangé des crêpes remplis de chocolat, caramel ou des autres choses. On a visité la cimitière Montparnasse oû Simone de Beauvoir, une féministe des années 1950s a été enterré. Après, on a allé 20m sous Paris pour visité les Catacombes. On a marché à travers les oses et les cranes avec un guide audio qui nous donnait l'histoire des Catacombes et des faits intéressants. Au début des 1800s, il y avait des charniers qui commencait à s'effondrer. Les sous-sols de quelques personnes devenait remplis avec les corps des personnes morts. Il y avait aussi une autre problème: il y avait des batiments qui étaits construits sur les carrières de calcères vides et les batiments éffondait. Le gouvernement a trouvé un solution pour les deux problèmes, ils ont mis les oses des cimitières dans les carrières. Éventuellement, les catacombes ont ouvert pour le publique, mais des personnes pensent qu'il y a 200km de tunnels sous la ville.

    Question de trivia: Lequel a couté plus? Une baguette fraiche avec du fromage de chèvre, du laittue et du prosciutto, ou une tasse de thé earl grey? Mets ta réponse dans les commentaires et on va dire la réponse la semaine prochaine.
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  • Day3

    Galleries Lafayette and the Blue Line

    August 19, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Up off the grass and off to catch the bus to Galleries Lafayette (the shopping centre) and I end up getting lost trying to enter The Opera Garnier. We didn't end up going in though as I thought it does not really catch my interest. Let me know if it is worthwhile please?

    I asked a young female how do we get to the dome in the shopping centre. The look on her face reminded me very quickly that I am not in my own country. I forgot to speak French, can you imagine?? 😂 She pointed right then left. So off we trot. She soon enough tapped me on the shoulder and pointed to the correct entry doors, which weren't where I thought she'd said.

    Inside is like a massive exquisite Myer, In the middle is the glorious dome. Very pretty. Athena was impressed. We headed to the rooftop for a coffee. Go up the top, it's free, you can see all of Paris from up here.

    Our Big Bus tour has a 'Blue Line' which drives around Montmartre main streets. Whilst waiting for the bus I popped into a lindt shop. Athena wasn't coming in with me until she saw them hand me a lindt ball. Then straight in behind me she followed.

    Martin was our guide, he stood in front of us up the top and spoke in English. He shared all the quaint details of getting around Paris and the buildings history.

    We passed the sex shops, Moulin Rouge, Nord Gare station, Sacre Couer. Great idea to sit up in the open air and be ferried around the city.

    Once back at Notre Dame I decided to make sure Athena could find her way back to our hotel. I made her read a map and remember the street names to follow and cross. I pointed out any landmarks. Then shut up to let her lead. She did well mostly. She is not too great with following directions.

    For dinner I spied Athena's massive hoop earrings she brought along. I asked if I could wear them (to show her how ridiculously too big they are)

    So big hoop earrings on, Athena lost the plot laughing at me. She told me that they suited her as her head was bigger. She advised me she wouldn't be seen with me in public wearing them. I said ditto. So she agreed not to wear them.

    We were stuffed, so to the corner restaurant for steak tatare, soup and a wine. We are eating bread constantly here. Night!
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  • Day1

    Hotel Jardin de Cluny

    October 8, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    It seems like only two weeks ago since we were last here. Oh it IS only two weeks since we were last here! Some Cream on the journey as Ginger Baker died this week. And we are staying in my favourite hotel. Life is good!Read more

  • Day53

    In the Footsteps of Simon and Adele

    October 12, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    In 2006 Barbara McClintock wrote a delightful children's book called "Simon and Adele". It tells the simple story of two Parisian children on their way home from school. Although Simon had been warned to take care of his things, somehow he manages to progressively lose everything he had been carrying. Each object is lost in a distinct part of central Paris.

    Since we both love the book, Maggie had the idea of recreating the walk taken by Simon and Adele. The only trouble is that the book is set in the Paris of 1907 and the Paris of today has changed quite a bit. Nevertheless it seemed like a good way to pass a lovely autumn day and so we set off with map and notes in hand.

    Our first stop was the Jardin de Plantes (Garden of Plants). This is a huge park which is devoted to the Sciences of Botany, Geology and Palaeontology. It is also home to the Menagerie (Zoo) of Paris. The warm sunshine combined with the huge distances we had walked yesterday to ensure that our energy levels started to wane rather rapidly.

    I don't know how Simon and Adele walked such a long distance home each day, but by the time we had made our way back to the Luxembourg Gardens, we had realised that there was no way we were going to complete the entire walk in one day. We did however have fun placing a couple of little cutout figures of Simon and Adele in various locations and then photographing them for our grandkids.

    While we were walking around the streets it was interesting to note all the diverse means of transport that were being used. Many locals like to move around the city on small scooters. Many of these scooters are now battery powered and can zoom along the footpaths quite fast. We also noticed several using the much more high tech approach by riding along on an air wheel. These are a sort of single wheeled version of a Segway. We even were passed by a girl riding a unicycle along the busy footpath. In Paris no one seems to raise an eyelid, no matter how unusual the means of transport is.

    At the end of the afternoon we purchased some Apple Cider, a baguette and a large serving of tartiflette (a French dish containing potato, cheese, bacon and onion) from an outdoor market and had a picnic dinner in our hotel room. It was a lovely way to complete our second last day in Paris. After dark we went for yet another walk and stopped to listen to a saxophone player playing jazz in a small cafe. Hundreds of people were still out strolling the streets, taking full advantage of the warm evening. Paris is just like that.
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  • Day4

    First full day in paris

    September 3, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Today we went on a four hour bike tour, it was leisurely and fun. Our tour guide stopped at some sites and told us some interesting facts about them. Did you know that around 1889 you had to pay 1 month of an average persons salary to climb the Eiffel tower and at the bottom of the tower you could buy replicas of the eiffel tower. We learned that souvenirs were not new to Paris as 90 years earlier, during the French Revolution, you could buy a handkerchief dipped in the blood of royals that had their heads cut off. We also had lunch at a garden that was 500 years old it was so pretty.

    Written by Neve
    Aujourd'hui on est allé sur un tour de vélo qui était 4h long c'etait amusant. Des fois notre guide a arrêté à des sites il nous a dit des choses intéressants appropo du site. Est-ce que tu savait que dans 1889 si tu voulait aller sur la tour Eiffel tu aura besion de payer 1 mois du salaire moyenne. Au bout du tour Eiffel tu pourait acheter un repleca du tour Eiffel. Les souvenir n'ete pas nouveau en Paris, 90 annes aven que la tour Eiffel ete constuit tu pourer acheter un mouchoir qui était tranché dans le sang des royales qui têtes éte coupes. On a aussi mangé notre dinner dans un jardain qui est 500 annés.
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  • Day18

    Paris and a room with a view!

    April 12, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    I arrived in Paris after a 90 minute flight from Barcelona. I decided to catch the train since it was a fine day and to save some money! I managed it ok catching a shuttle, then a train and signs were surprisingly self explanatory. My schoolgirl French is coming back to me!

    I had booked a lovely old hotel just by Notre Dame Cathedral but could only afford their cheapest single room (I am hardly in it anyway). I got to the hotel admiring the view by the river as I walked from the underground train and got offered an upgrade for two of the six nights I am here. It is one of their best rooms and the very friendly owner said I deserved it since it was my first time in Paris! (they had a cancellation).. it is a lovely big double room with a view of a park and the cathedral itself. Pinching myself!!
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  • Day3

    La Petite Perigourdine, Paris

    September 1, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We had great plans to celebrate my birthday with a very Parisian dinner, however that was not to be. We were so tired that when the alarm went off, we just rolled over and went back to sleep.

    So we started our first day in Paris with a post birthday French breakfast in a restaurant just next to where we are staying. A very French way to start the day.Read more

  • Day20

    Nights and sights

    April 14, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    One of the delightful surprises for me on this trip is how safe it is for me to be out and about at night. In Paris many sights remain open quite late and families and tourists are enjoying the city at night as much as the day. This is a small sample of the photos I took in my evenings in Paris.Read more

  • Day6

    Le Dante Bistrot, Paris

    September 4, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Due to the fact we had had an easy tourist day we decided to get into the Parisian way of life and venture out for a late dinner. We have been so exhausted at the end of our days exploring the city that we are usually in bed at 9pm, so it was a treat to venture out for dinner at that time. We decied to try some local cuisine at Bistro Le Dante, where we sat on the footpath, Parisian style.

    The funniest thing was watching one of the staff members from the restaurant park his car by actually bumping the car in front and behind him until he got his car in place. I think we sat there in disbelief for some time. Image doing that at home!!

    For dinner Brad ordered snails as an entree, AND I actually tried one! Not something I would have again but at least I gave it a go. It was a delicious dinner, a great experience, and a lovely way to end our last day in Paris.
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  • Day2

    In a Paris cafe eating onion soup!

    August 18, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    So thankful to arrive at Charles De Gaulle at 3.00PM. Baggage took a while. Our transfer taxi was lovely.

    Overcast and a humid 23 degrees in Paris today. Our hotel is Le M Saint Germain.
    The room is perfect and the first thing I see is a balcony, my favourite thing in any hotel. I step out amongst the zinc roofs and look out onto those fabulous sandstone buildings. Am very thankful. Paris is gorgeous.

    Athena spies a lovely gift from Amanda (our travel agent, such a blessing, go see her at Berwick Travel) Colourful French macaroons. They were great with a tea, thanks Amanda.

    After a much needed shower and mobile charge, we head out for a stroll towards the Seine.

    I spy the Pantheon at the end of our street so we head up that way. I discover we are walking the wrong direction, whoops 🤭 The Notre Dame is the other way!! We stroll past beautiful cafes full of diners and head back for the river. The streets are full of tourists.
    The Notre Dame is closed off and we see the fire damage and works being done. Grateful that we had both already visited inside four years ago. We were shocked when we heard the news.

    We walk up to Saint Chappel church and Athena looks longingly at a beautiful restaurant. So, we take a table, order onion soup and a 'chardy' and settle in.
    Half way through dinner, I realise that, this is it! Sitting outside a beautiful Paris cafe, watching people walk by, drinking wine with my beautiful friend! This was my absolute wish for my birthday.
    Dream big I say, with some effort, they come true!
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