Paris!

July 10, 2010 at 10:57 am (friends, life!, pictures)

alright i know that this blog is long overdue an update, but such has been my schedule since getting back that i’m still running a bit of a meet-up-with-people backlog. and then i’m off diving again at Pulau Dayang this coming monday; but anyway, what better entry to start with after a long hiatus than the long-promised Paris post.

arriving on the first day at the Paris underground. i saw these posters everywhere so decided to take a pic! i thought that the name of the couple was really cute…KOOPLES!

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don’t know how i managed to get the warm colours in this photo…beginner’s luck!
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Gallieni! one of my first stops in Paris.

in general, the condition of the underground is much poorer than in London, and there’s signs of graffiti all around, although it certainly doesn’t look it from the pictures so far. overall though, it’s still a very efficient way of getting about Paris!

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the neighbourhood close to Remi’s hostel. the playground and flats are very much reminiscent of a typical Singaporean HDB estate!
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a common sight on the trains. the busker (mostly playing an accordion) would get on at a train station, play for a bit and get off a couple of stops later. if only Singapore had more buskers like these; would definitely do wonders for the cultural scene here!
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one of the monuments you’ll surely come by as you roam about Paris. (forgot what the gate’s called though)
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everyone was selling these flowers on the day i visited Paris – from youths to elderly people! Remi explained that it was a special public holiday during which people bought these flowers for good luck.
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one feature i really liked about Paris was the wide open spaces, streets and roads it had throughout the capital. things feel so much less cluttered and busy that way!
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apparently Napolean hauled this obeliskall the way back from Egypt in one piece using a few ships, the specifics of which still elude me despite Remi’s best attempts at interpreting the diagrams in the picture below.
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Eiffel tower in the background
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and a huge fountain in the centre
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we were wondering if there were terrorists in the vicinity with the number of police vehicles around. turned out to be precautionary measures for a protest taking place later that afternoon!
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there are numerous Greek statues in the park leading up to the Louvre. Remi told me that Greek architecture features heavily throughout Paris.
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the pathway passing through the park, leading up to the Louvre
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with some beautiful water features along the way
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the Louvre!
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and the river Seine
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my very own French tour guide checking the map
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there were many quaint book stalls like the one above selling old books and vinyls along the river bank.
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the Notre Dame
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and the gargoyles made famous by the book
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it was a Saturday and the buskers were out in full force, with roads being closed just for them to perform!
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a hat shop
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a Venetian mask shop, selling masks which were surprisingly affordable
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and a bakery! don’t get me started…the pastries there are just THAT awesome. one word – CROISSANTS!
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a crepes place; where we had our lunch
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the menu
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we both had the salmon and cheese crepe, together with cider. it was super!
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weekends are for chilling at alfresco cafes!
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a street market
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cheeseeeeee
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this looked really, really good, and i’d definitely have tried it if i hadn’t already eaten!
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these African-looking artifacts reminded me of that short story, Monkey’s Paw, for some reason.
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a carousel in the middle of the city!
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ok i must have been reasonably impressed to have taken 7 pictures of this same busker, although the best busker i’ve ever seen in my life is still to come below
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an icecream place Remi brought me to which supposedly had the best homemade icecream in town
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there was a long queue though, but the wait was definitely worth it!
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Remi with both our icecreams :]
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and here he is again, modelling my wayfarers. heh
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more buskers, en-route to Montmartre!
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the staircase leading up…
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the beautiful cathedral at the top of the hill
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as well as the amazing city skyline
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ok this guy’s just incredible. he’s the busker i referred to earlier in the post
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that’s a spinning ball atop a pen on his foot
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and yes, that’s how he got all the way up there
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Montmartre is the birthplace of the likes of Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, as well as many other famous French artists, and there was no shortage of aspiring artists at the top willing to do a quick portrait for a couple of Euros
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where in the world is Remi? (haha i just noticed he was actually in this picture)
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the many canvas paintings on display!
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Remi has a thing for hats, he thinks they are great for wearing to parties! i have to concur. hahahah.
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and so there we were hunting down suitable hats for him every time we passed by a hats shop.
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a choo-choo train
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and a sky ferry thingy that brings people up and down the hill, for those who prefer not to use the stairs
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the canvas painting that Remi bought for his room
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and here he is, cooking us carbonara for dinner. totally rocks to have your own french chef doesn’t it? hahah. he especially bought the ingredients for cooking it right before i came because i told him i missed the carbonara he cooked for the both of us, back then when we were still roomies. what a smashing guy!
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alright that’s all for now as i’m off to a meet-up again…
picture posts are such a bother…i’ll finish up the remaining captions when i return, and the Disney pics will be saved for another entry!
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