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Enjoying the gardens at Versailles
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The Friday Photo #57 – I suppose those gardens are ok

On a trip to Paris a few years ago a friend and I took a bike tour out to the royal palace at Versailles. The tour was fun, exploring the vast riches on display inside was great and buying cheese and wine to enjoy for lunch in the palace grounds was a fantastic idea.

An unexpected highlight, however was the immaculately sculpted gardens surrounding the main buildings. They were simply stunning.

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Which way to the Eiffel Tower
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The Friday Photo #51 – Which way to the Eiffel Tower?

I was getting a bit lost when trying to find the Eiffel Tower while in Paris last year, so I flagged down this dude on a flying horse to ask which way I should go.

He soon pointed me in the right direction.

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Dave in Ithaca, 2010
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The not-on-any-schedule update #3

Hello, welcome, take a seat. Make yourself comfortable. Would you like a drink? Cup of tea, perhaps, or something a little stronger? Ok, good. In keeping with the proud traditions of sending out updates when you least expect them, here’s my recap of the last six weeks of fun and festivities around Europe.

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Skulls in the Paris catacombs
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The Friday Photo #24 – I see dead people, Paris catacombs

October 1, 2010 | France, The Friday Photo | 1 Comment

Ever since my first trip to Paris I’d wanted to visit the city’s famous catacombs. Twelve years later I finally got the chance to descend 20m underground and walk around damp, dark tunnels filled with the remains of millions of dead people. And you know what? It was a lot better than it sounds.

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Eiffel Tower at night
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Five awesome things to do in Paris

April 12, 2010 | Advice, Article, France, Travel | 16 Comments

My five awesome things to do in Paris, that may involve getting drunk, being solicited and breaking traffic laws. Amongst other things.

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Fun with flying and a heat wave

June 13, 2008 | France, Travel, USA | 0 Comments

Up and gone by ten – plenty of time to jump on the metro and RER train to the airport, check in and relax before our flight at 12.30, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. The trip on the metro wasn’t so bad – figured out which station we needed to get to for the RER and got there fine. The fun began when trying to buy a couple of RER tickets – was the ticket machine interested in taking any of our credit cards? Hell no. Was the ticket booth open? Nope. Would the ticket machine take notes? Not a chance. Would the shopkeepers give change for 10 Euro? I think you know the answer…

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Last full day in Paris

June 12, 2008 | France, Travel | 0 Comments

No photos from today unfortunately, due to a minor miscalculation (ie, leaving my memory card in my laptop. Duh.) Not that there would have been too much to take photos of, but more on that in a second.

So we were up and out of the apartment by nine – Tim and Greer had a plane to catch in the early afternoon and we wanted to get to the catacombs first. It was an absolutely perfect day – warm and sunny, the best so far. Bec was off to try her luck at the Musee d’Orsay again so we bid her farewell and grabbed some bikes again (can I just mention one more time what a fantastic idea they are?) and we headed off down the road in Monday morning peak hour. Ahh the serenity. It’s such fun though, you really just forget that you’re not wearing a helmet (nobody does on bikes over here, maybe they don’t want to spoil the coiffure or something…) and that the rest of the road users are trying to kill you, and just get into the swing of things.

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Random explorations & the Eiffel Tower

June 12, 2008 | France, Travel | 2 Comments

Given the late night, an early morning wasn’t expected – or likely. And so it proved, with the first bleary eyes being opened around 11. At least it was prior to lunchtime, I guess. I did the morning coffee & croissant run – had some minor amusement with trying to get lids for 4 coffees (nope) or a tray (non) or a carry bag (nyet). My look of bemusement must have sparked something in the cafe owner because with a flash of inspiration he disappeared out the door and off down the road.

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