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Soo, I got back from my first real trip to Paris yesterday. I read up on all of your posts ♥ and I thought now I’d make a little post about my week :D but since I know none of you want to read a 12-page essay on HOW FREAKING BIG AND IMPRESSIVE THEIR BUILDINGS ARE, I figured I’d just put it in a convenient little list :3

I had a lot of fun this week and a lot of credit for that goes to Gwynn and Sabine, who despite being ridiculously tired (and sick and in pain) were totally awesome. I love you guys so much ♥♥♥



Places we went in Paris:

- The Paris Opera (gorgeous!)
- The Japanese quarter (including a real Japanese Book-Off!!! Speaking Japanese was never more comforting)
- The Notre Dame (BIG AND IMPRESSIVE, but too many tourists, so the whole atmosphere was kind of lost)
- The Conciergerie (where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned)
- Tower of Saint-Jacques (we randomly stumbled upon this little jewel)
- Jardin des Plantes (including a cool museum with all kinds of skeletons, from dinosaurs to deer to whales )
- The Pantheon (BIG AND IMPRESSIVE, makes the buildings around it look like cheap little cardboard boxes, and that is saying something)
- The Louvre (where we decided that sarcophagi would make for cool bath tubs, also BIG AND IMPRESSIVE)
- Les Invalides (where Napoleon Bonaparte was buried, it also had a couple of cool museums on war history, BIG AND IMPRESSIVE )
- The Eiffel Tower (we just walked past it, view= /care, BIG)
- Ponte Bir Hakeim (we actually accidentally stumbled upon it looking for FOOOOOD but it’s the bridge in Inception that Ariadne creates from memory, OH NOES)
- The Guimet Museum (all kinds of Asian art, oh hi there Japanese Culture Studies, Japanese Religion, Premodern Japanese, Chinese AND Korean history, how’s it going? It’s been a while. )
- Chinatown (in the 13th arrondissement, lots of Korean stuff too!)
- The Sacre Coeur and Montmartre. (BIG, IMPRESSIVE and with an AMAZING VIEW)
- Musée d’Orsay (IMPRESSIONISM, YESSSSSS)
- The Seine (we went on a one-hour cruise to see the sights from the river, they played a taped guide, hilarity ensued)

Paris is the city where:

- An American guy heard us speak English and thought we were from England (even though none of us have British accents XD)
- Tiny little birds ate bread crumbs out of my hand like I’m a fucking Disney princess
- We met a fugitive
- We walked a tiny part of a modern-day pilgrimage talking to one of the actual pilgrims
- I almost cried at a painting by Degas, just because it was so beautiful (emo much :P)

Things I bought in Paris:

- The LIVE album by NEWS
- 2NE1’s debut album (Korea does CDs better, it’s ridiculously shiny)
- The Sapuri DVDs (it’s cute ok X3 don’t judge me)
- The Japanese copy of Disney’s Mulan
- A couple of Japanese books: the cutest little guidebook of Tokyo with all these little scribbles and drawings in it, the book for Disney’s Enchanted, Akihabara @DEEP and Kokuhaku. I really need to keep practising my Japanese this summer, since I’m not going to Japan this year '__________'


Things that are never-ending in Paris:

- Subway stairs
- Staircases in general
- Homeless people
- Ridiculously beautiful architecture
- Museums
- Epic searches for a not-too expensive meal
- Not so much in Paris but: our bus trip, it took way too long and now I have a cold.

The new slogan we thought up for Paris:

- “Subtlety? No we’re way too rich for that! NEEDS MORE GOLD!!!”


Also, French TV totally sucks. Everything is dubbed in French, or even worse: has French voice-overs. Like you’ll be watching a show and someone starts talking in English and you understand them perfectly and then some Japanese failboat starts yapping and you’re like, NOOOOOO I COULD UNDERSTAND THIS, WHYYYYY PARIS.
HOWEVER, one night, when we were desperate for entertainment, suddenly there was this thing of beauty, this ray of light in the darkness: the world championship pro wrestling. OH YES. One of the best things I’ve ever seen on TV, ever XD even with the French voice-overs.

Date: 2011-06-17 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siren-no-oto.livejournal.com
Awesome post is awesome! ♥♥♥ I should also do a Paris post, maybe tonight :3

Ooh, I almost forgot about that pilgrimage. Seriously, my brain .__.

BTW, LOOK WHAT I JUST FOUND AT OMONA: http://omonatheydidnt.livejournal.com/6851275.html That first picture, that's Bir-Hakeim, right?

Date: 2011-06-17 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] buzzbird.livejournal.com
IT TOTALLY IS XD OMG, much better than the fail-shoot we witnessed, LOL

LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR POST ♥

Date: 2011-06-17 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leia22.livejournal.com
THERE YOU ARE!*jump jump hug!* I just replied to your comment wondering if u were still in paris...ROFL!

~Okaeri-na-sai~

You had an amazing week! Any pics? *puppy eyes*

You met a fugitive? o_O how did that work out? I almost wish you had wrote the 12 page essay I love reading about places people have been too. :p

Date: 2011-06-17 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] buzzbird.livejournal.com
There are pics, but I haven't looked at them yet so I don't know if they're decent enough to post ;-) (for now try googling some of the places and tell me how badly you want to go to Paris NAO)

LOL my essay on meeting a fugitive:

Yeah he was sitting in front of us on the bus to Paris. He was very very chatty and he seemed nervous, constantly pressing the buttons for the lights and the aircon (both of which didn't work, didn't stop him though). He had no luggage or any form of ID, spoke English and Spanish, claimed his parents were from Peru, he was born in the Netherlands but grew up in Italy, which is why (he claimed) he only knew how to say a few things in Dutch. When customs boarded the bus to check everyone's ID he told them he was visiting his brother in Paris and he was going to the French consulate to get a passport (and they believed him). After they were gone he asked Sabine to take a picture of him when we arrived in Paris and mail it to a friend of him with the email saying "made it to Paris." When I asked if he or his brother didn't own a camera he said no. Seriously, in this day and age, two people not owning a camera of some kind is pretty weird. Also, the guy just boarded a bus from the Netherlands to Paris and was saying he had the Dutch nationality and was getting his passport at the FRENCH consulate. what.
So by then none of us believed his story anymore so we played along, saying we'd email and then we waited for him to leave first. It was seriously creepy.

Date: 2011-06-17 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leia22.livejournal.com
WOW. A real life fugitive. Seriously weird, poor bloke. They believed him? Isn't European security tight? But I suppose because it was the bus? 0___o I'm kinda amazed you can get to Paris via a bus---->*points to self* child who lives on an island and needs a plane to go anywhere out of the country. ROFL.

And I do want to go to Paris. I've seen all the pictures. I just want to go to Japan more urgently heheh. I want to tour all of Europe actually. England, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands...one day...lol one day.

By next year I should have enough money to travel to somewhere, I was planning to go to New York and see my aunty but going to Europe may be more fun lol...pareeee here I come?!

Did you manage to speak any french? :p

Date: 2011-06-17 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] buzzbird.livejournal.com
I guess so, they must have thought his story probably checked out because he was already in Europe. Hahah, you can go basically anywhere by bus here, even Britain or Ireland ;-)

Oh New York is probably lots of fun too! And big bonus: they speak English there (most of the time anyway ;-)) From where I've been so far though I still love Japan the most, but I guess it is different for me since I speak a little Japanese. Then again my uncle can say konnichiwa and arigatou, has been to Japan two times now and wants to go again :P

I did manage to speak some French actually ;-) most of the time we had no choice because most French people speak little or no English. But nothing beyond a Je voudrais *reads whatever's on the menu* s'il vous plait. I did manage to surprise Gwynn and Sabine by saying L'addition s'il vous plait to a waiter who tried to understand our English but was totally lost when we asked for the check :P (i'd read it in a booklet a few days before that xD)

Date: 2011-06-17 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leia22.livejournal.com
LOL, I can so imagine your friends eyes going round with amazement at your french skills!

Japan is amazing...I want to go! *sniff* I've met people who went on the JET programme, could only speak 2 words in Japanese and didn't want to come back home. :D

Britain and Ireland...ah yes the tunnel. lol. I still need a plane or two...I could try to hijack one...piece of the airport runway is behind my office...it's really funny when you take a random walk outside and all of a sudden this huge-ass plane appears silently down the runway...*I almost fell over the first time*

Ah, I need to go for now, time to go home...I'll see you again when I have internet which most likely won't be till tuesday since Monday is a holiday. *hugs bye bye*

Date: 2011-06-20 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] changetje.livejournal.com
I'm glad you had a good time! :D Paris is so awesome. <3 I also went to Jardin the Plantes. I loved the modern exhibitions, but the old ones made me nauseous. XD

Epic searches for a not-too expensive meal

OMG, this so much. XD Me and and a friend once looked for a bakery for over an hour, lol. We did find one in the end. :')

Date: 2011-07-11 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yararanger.livejournal.com
“Subtlety? No we’re way too rich for that! NEEDS MORE GOLD!!!”

LOL.

Really, lol XD I've never been to Paris - a crapton of other places in France, yes, but Paris... I can't decide if I want to or not. Worth it y/n?

French TV totally sucks. Everything is dubbed in French, or even worse: has French voice-overs.

This pain, I feel </3 Though there was this one hilarious time when my stepdad was really sick (...er...) and we were watching television because he could barely move (...no really, it was fun...) and there was an English TV show on that we like, dubbed, and when one of the detective sergeants goes "poor bugger" (in English) he went "pauvre bugger~" in French and that entertained us and I have remembered it for 10 years despite it not actually being that impressive. #coolstorybro

(still bitter at LJ hiding crap from me btw)

Date: 2011-07-11 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] buzzbird.livejournal.com
lol I've never been anywhere in France except for Paris (well that and Disney Land) so I couldn't really tell you how it compares to the rest of France. It's a beautiful city though, lots of impressive architecture, lots of art. So I guess if you're into that then definitely!!
Don't go there to meet new people though. People are either really weird and slightly scary or really mean :P

ROFL @ your 10 year old anecdote. We heard a couple of things like that as well but they somehow didn't make that big an impression on us :P

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