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Today a photo of a restaurant showed up on my Dashboard. When I saw it I knew exactly where it was from as we ate there while we were in Paris. 

Chez Marie is a small, inviting restaurant in the Montmarte neighbourhood of Paris. Looks like they got a bit of graffiti on their walls.

French onion soup… or in France is it just called onion soup?

Pâté

Lasagna

— 2 years ago with 10 notes
#Paris  #eurotrip  #food 
Day 9 - Our last day in Paris was spent picnicing with Jon’s friend at Luxembourg Gardens. After working our way through a baguette with ham and cheese, and a cheap bottle of wine, we headed to the Catacombs of Paris Museum. For some reason no one ever talks about this place but I would say it’s a must-see when in Paris. Basically, in the late 1700s, due to space constraints and contamination of rotting corpses, depleted quarries 20 meters below ground were used to store the bones of the dead bodies. It’s estimated that 6 million Parisians are resting there. The walk-through is only about 2 kilometers long but the entire Catacombs network is approximately 300 kilometers. To put that in perspective, the subway system in Paris is 199 kilometers long. In the photo, the bones are neatly stacked, but I’m pretty sure every where else not open to the public is just a pile of bones. When you exit, they check your bags to make sure you haven’t taken a souvenir. They actually had a pile of skulls and bones for people who tried to snag them.
The next stop was the train station as we boarded a 12 hour overnight train to Barcelona. We had a 4 person couchette/sleeper.
This photo is part of a set where I am posting one photo a day for that day exactly one year ago during my Eurotrip in 2010.

Day 9 - Our last day in Paris was spent picnicing with Jon’s friend at Luxembourg Gardens. After working our way through a baguette with ham and cheese, and a cheap bottle of wine, we headed to the Catacombs of Paris Museum. For some reason no one ever talks about this place but I would say it’s a must-see when in Paris. Basically, in the late 1700s, due to space constraints and contamination of rotting corpses, depleted quarries 20 meters below ground were used to store the bones of the dead bodies. It’s estimated that 6 million Parisians are resting there. The walk-through is only about 2 kilometers long but the entire Catacombs network is approximately 300 kilometers. To put that in perspective, the subway system in Paris is 199 kilometers long. In the photo, the bones are neatly stacked, but I’m pretty sure every where else not open to the public is just a pile of bones. When you exit, they check your bags to make sure you haven’t taken a souvenir. They actually had a pile of skulls and bones for people who tried to snag them.

The next stop was the train station as we boarded a 12 hour overnight train to Barcelona. We had a 4 person couchette/sleeper.

This photo is part of a set where I am posting one photo a day for that day exactly one year ago during my Eurotrip in 2010.

— 3 years ago with 4 notes
#Catacombs  #Paris  #eurotrip 
Day 8 - Took a trip to the Palace of Versailles. This photo shows just a tiny portion of the property immediately surrounding the palace. We then decided to walk to the The Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate. Bad idea. It was probably the hottest day of the year and there was little shade coverage through The Garden. There was a food stand somewhere along the way which sold Coca-Cola for €4.00. Best Coke ever. On the way back we took a tram for €3.50 each. Totally worth it since we were exhausted, but personally, I think the tram should be included in the price of admission. The King probably had his people carry him in a chariot. It’d be awesome to be part of royalty.
At night we also checked Montmarte/Sacré-Cœur and Arc de Triomphe off the list, both amazing in their own ways. Our hostel was located in the Montmarte area, an edgier, colourful part of town, but the heart of it is at Place du Tertre, a square with many restaurants and artists alike. A few steps over, the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur overlooking the city of Paris.
On to Champs-Élysées and the roundabout at the Arc de Triomphe. Just YouTube videos and you’ll see how crazy it is as 12 lanes radiate the roundabout and cars are going every which way. If you get in a car accident there, no insurance provider will cover you!
This photo is part of a set where I am posting one photo a day for that day exactly one year ago during my Eurotrip in 2010.

Day 8 - Took a trip to the Palace of Versailles. This photo shows just a tiny portion of the property immediately surrounding the palace. We then decided to walk to the The Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate. Bad idea. It was probably the hottest day of the year and there was little shade coverage through The Garden. There was a food stand somewhere along the way which sold Coca-Cola for €4.00. Best Coke ever. On the way back we took a tram for €3.50 each. Totally worth it since we were exhausted, but personally, I think the tram should be included in the price of admission. The King probably had his people carry him in a chariot. It’d be awesome to be part of royalty.

At night we also checked Montmarte/Sacré-Cœur and Arc de Triomphe off the list, both amazing in their own ways. Our hostel was located in the Montmarte area, an edgier, colourful part of town, but the heart of it is at Place du Tertre, a square with many restaurants and artists alike. A few steps over, the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur overlooking the city of Paris.

On to Champs-Élysées and the roundabout at the Arc de Triomphe. Just YouTube videos and you’ll see how crazy it is as 12 lanes radiate the roundabout and cars are going every which way. If you get in a car accident there, no insurance provider will cover you!

This photo is part of a set where I am posting one photo a day for that day exactly one year ago during my Eurotrip in 2010.

— 3 years ago
#Palace of Versailles  #Paris  #eurotrip 
Day 7 - Outside Musée Du Lourve collecting thoughts to write home. It was a museum kind of day in Paris. We first hit up Musée d’Orsay, cruised through Notre Dame de Paris, and made our way through the Lourve (which is massive and tiring). To cap off the night we visited the Eiffel Tower again, this time at night. During the evenings, the tower “sparkles” for about five minutes every hour on the hour. 
This photo is part of a set where I am posting one photo a day for that day exactly one year ago during my Eurotrip in 2010.

Day 7 - Outside Musée Du Lourve collecting thoughts to write home. It was a museum kind of day in Paris. We first hit up Musée d’Orsay, cruised through Notre Dame de Paris, and made our way through the Lourve (which is massive and tiring). To cap off the night we visited the Eiffel Tower again, this time at night. During the evenings, the tower “sparkles” for about five minutes every hour on the hour. 

This photo is part of a set where I am posting one photo a day for that day exactly one year ago during my Eurotrip in 2010.

— 3 years ago with 2 notes
#Louvre  #Paris  #eurotrip 
Day 6 - Our first full day as we arrived in Paris the previous afternoon on the Eurostar after our layover in Brussels. Paris is an extremely beautiful city that smells like garbage. After a 3.5 hour free walking tour with Jacqueline (most hilarious tour guide ever), an afternoon delight of wine and cheese, and a 2 hour wait to get up to the top deck of the Eiffel Tower, this was the result. From the photo, you can see that the street pattern in Paris is highly irregular and seems entirely random. How do you even begin to give directions to someone?

Day 6 - Our first full day as we arrived in Paris the previous afternoon on the Eurostar after our layover in Brussels. Paris is an extremely beautiful city that smells like garbage. After a 3.5 hour free walking tour with Jacqueline (most hilarious tour guide ever), an afternoon delight of wine and cheese, and a 2 hour wait to get up to the top deck of the Eiffel Tower, this was the result. From the photo, you can see that the street pattern in Paris is highly irregular and seems entirely random. How do you even begin to give directions to someone?

Paris Street Network

— 3 years ago with 1 note
#La Tour Eiffel  #Paris  #eurotrip