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Paris Holiday: An Overview

Lol it’s taken me a while to get this post up. But back in April 2015 me and Chris went on a four-day trip to Paris 🙂

April 24th, Friday:

We hopped onto the plane at Edinburgh and arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport mid afternoon after only 90 minutes!

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Two bearded men together. Our driver from airport.
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Airbus we saw being taxied as we left the airport.

We had a friend of Jonas (from USC) pick us up and drive us to Jonas’ house. An awesome little place in a village outside of Meaux – I can’t remember exactly the name. We met his girlfriend for the first time and that night Jonas had a small gathering at his place and we chilled out etc. They were even nice enough to let us sleep in their bed instead of their couch.

April 25th, Saturday:

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Me and Oreli on the train.
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Chris and Jonas. on the train.

The next morning me, Chris, Jonas and Oreli drove to train station that was next to Disneyland Paris. Funny enough there were lots of black clad armed military men wandering around the place. I wanted to take a picture, but I didn’t think it was a good idea in the end. It’s a good thing that we had Jonas and Oreli with us because the Paris railway is so completely fucking nuts. There are some stations that have multiple levels of railway!

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Picture from the internet. I cannot remember what line we took either.
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Double decker trains.

We got off at station that was near the Louvre and I got to enjoy the wonders of the 1 euro toilet (it wasn’t wonderful). Also all toilets there cost money, so hold it in if you can. Despite being at the Louvre we didn’t see it until our last day. Instead we went to the Arc de Triomphe first.

Chris, Jonas and Oreli at the Arc de Triumph.
Chris, Jonas and Oreli at the Arc de Triomphe.
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Side view.

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Standing under it.
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Another view.

After that we went and walked along the Champs-Elysees.

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Took this image from Wikipedia. Champs-Elysees from on top of Arc de Triomphe.

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I got some lovely postcards, as souvenirs, from a little street stall. It was funny because when I first started looking at the cards there was no one around, but when I paid there were tonnes of people.  There were so many expensive shops and everything was so beautiful.

Then we went onto the Eiffel Tower. You don’t see it, but there are tonnes of Nigerian scammers lurking around, trying to sell trinkets and shit.

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Approaching.

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Underneath.

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Line to go up in the tower. We didn’t want to wait the hours so we didn’t even bother.

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Next we went and saw Notre Dame.

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Back of Notre Dame.
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Side of Notre Dame.
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Front of Notre Dame.

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Then we went to Pont de l’Archeveche, which was right next to the Notre Dame and was covered in love padlocks 🙂

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Me on the bridge.
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Chris pointing out the penis drawing.
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Here’s a better view.
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I think all the locks were removed recently.

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From memory somewhere along the way, we left Jonas and Oreli and met up with Kevin and Laura, both who we knew from USC.

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Kevin is French and Laura is Spanish. Descending into the Catacombes de Paris.

We stayed at their place for the next two nights and got to meet their cat.

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Sniff it. Sniff it real good.
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It sure loved its crack.
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View from their window. Pretty French lane.

On the way to their place they showed us that Paris has an entire abandoned railway system. While you’re not allowed down their there are tones of graffiti and bon fires etc.

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April 26th, Sunday:

We spent most of Sunday morning waiting to get into the Catacombes de Paris. When we got in line we didn’t realise that it was so long. And after a few turns and realising that after an hour of waiting it was too late to leave. But eventually we got down there.

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Underground map.
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Descent begins.
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Skulls arranged into a person shape.
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First thing we saw.

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Sorry my 2008 camera was not liking it underground and decided to act its age.

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Built by the workers of the catacombes.

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Then we went onto Sacre-Coeur.

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Pretty little bar in Montmartre, which is on the way to Sacre-Coeur.
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Overlook from the hill up to Sacre-Coeur. Had to climb through a few streets for this.
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Random shot of Kevin with pretty background.

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What the place looks like on a nice day.

 

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What it looked like to us.
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Closer up.
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Inside.
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A little model of the building, complete with mini-people.
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Alter thingy.

There was lots of people all over the place and it is still a functioning church.

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What we saw looking down from the church.

Then on our way back to Laura and Kevin’s we came across Le Mur des Je t’aime or Wall of Lovers.

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View from street.
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Sadly the Bogan Australian ‘I fuckin’ love ya’ wasn’t written on there.

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April 26th, Sunday:

On Sunday we finally headed towards The Louvre, but before we got there we went through a nice park, that I think might have been part of the museum.

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Then we came to one of The Louvre entrances. Don’t know what monument this is called but it’s impressive.

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Obligatory tourist shot.

We took so many pictures (so god damn many) inside The Louvre. So I’m putting the ones I like in here.

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How we saw the Mona Lisa.
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How Mona Lisa saw us.
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As close as we got to Mona Lisa.
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Shoving his foot in someone else’s mouth – so inconsiderate.
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Old Louvre courtyard from window.
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I’m a head.
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Another shot of the courtyard.
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Pretending to be statues. Also my bag was starting to weigh me down. We were carrying all our stuff beucase it was our last day and we wouldn’t have time to go back to Laura and Kevins so we just took it with us.
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I like this style of art the most. It’s ancient Iraq/Iran?

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We spent hours there and then afterwards headed to the airport. It was so pretty to see the plane travel up through the clouds 🙂

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On the plane.

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