Thursday, August 23, 2012

In Paris I saw a big fish

In Paris I saw a big fish

Swimming slowly in the Seine

Two days ago I returned from Paris, where I spent the last 10 days of my trip in France.  Paris has been on my "to visit" list for quite some time, so I was glad to finally explore the city while crossing off another Project Düsseldorf destination at the same time.

Some of the things I enjoyed about Paris:
  • Listening to people speak French
  • Fresh French croissants every morning
  • Pain au chocolat
  • Gorgeous architecture in all directions
  • View of the Eiffel Tower from my bedroom window
  • Blue and white striped shirts
  • Free parking (during the month of August)
  • Book stands along the riverside

Some of the places I visited in Paris:

Invalides


Notre Dame

Arc de Triomphe


Blois de Boulogne

Book stands along the Seine

Pont Alexandre III


Place de la Concorde


Musée d'Orsay

Sacré-Coeur

Moulin Rouge


Tour Eiffel


Parc de Buttes Chaumont

Place de Vosges

Jardin du Luxembourg


I also spotted at least two works of Space Invader while in Paris!  I learned about the graffiti artist through the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop (which I recommend; it's not just about graffiti like you'd think -- there's a twist!).  Even though he's put space invaders up in cities all over the world, I remembered that he was from Paris, so I kept my eyes peeled.
Space invader in Paris

Despite its length, the above list was not exhaustive.  There will be plenty more posts to come, revealing my Paris experience little by little.

It may be a while before I make any more progress on Project Düsseldorf, but now that I think about it, three cities in four months isn't too shabby. 
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4 comments:

  1. Just got done watching Exit Through the Gift Shop. That's pretty cool that you saw some Space Invader.

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  2. Yeah, I'm glad I spotted them! I saw my first one in Barcelona this spring. Come to think of it, I bet there's at least one here in Madrid...

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  3. Did you ever take weekend trips outside of Spain or was that too expensive to do?

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    1. Not often. Although you could find cheap(ish) Ryanair flights to many cities in Europe, most of my weekend trips were within Spain for a few reasons: a) I felt one weekend was too short for most European cities I wanted to visit, b) There is so much to see within Spain, that after two years of living in Madrid and traveling around the country I still have big gaps (Galicia, Cadiz, etc.), c) I didn't want to be gone most weekends; Madrid became my home, not my "home base". So spending weekends in Madrid with local friends helped me get to know the city, which now feels like a second home.

      I know of many study abroad students who do travel outside of Spain nearly every weekend. Depends on how much money you want to spend, and what kind of experience you want to have: Deeply getting to know a second culture/life/city, or seeing little snippets of many different cultures/cities.

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