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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Bonjour de la France

At my friend's place near Basilique du Sacré Cœur,de Montmartre, Paris right now. Nice and cosy, and we have cockroaches for company. Yes, cockroaches... garden ones. Small, tiny and cute ones, apparently a common occurence here and as part of life for the French as dog poop is on the streets.

Nothing much to say except that the weather was as crap as London's on the day that we arrived, and we bumped into several convoys of police. We got to experience a demonstration as well - complete with police in riot gear etc.

Its also probably been the slowest moving holiday I've ever been on - which is really something - we only visited around 6 sights in two days and had long sleep ins, almost being homeless one of the nights! And managing to take a 30 minute detour when our accommodation was merely within sight from one of the attractions.

For tomorrow, its free entry to museums, so I'm off to the Louvre for the second time (hopefully the weather would be excellent for me to take some fantastic shots and I can delete the depressing gray ones), to take a peek at Napoleon's Tomb, visit the Opera Garnier (of Phantom of the Opera fame), and whatever else tickles my fancy. Probably no time to visit Chateau Versailles :(

Early start tomorrow, so signing off now.

2 Comments:

  • Riots are nothing new in France in 1789, when a Parisian crowd was demonstrating furiously in front of his palace, King Louis XVI asked, “Is it a riot?” and was answered, “No Sir, it is a revolution.’’  

    Posted by Jason Spalding

    By Blogger JasonSpalding, at Sunday, April 02, 2006 5:42:00 pm  

  • aye Jason, I'm a little bit familiar with the French Revolution :) Just that I've never seen one besides via the idiot box, and the riots last week were spectacular enough for the British government to issue a travel warning...

    By Blogger elb, at Sunday, April 02, 2006 8:31:00 pm  

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