Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Trip Post 2/3: PARIS

Happy 4th of July!

How about it. 4th of July here, and like a true American, I'm posting about Paris and eating a croque monsieur. It's sunny outside still, but raining buckets and thundering confusedly, so who knows about fire works.

Anyway, I meant to post this earlier, but I got lazy, and then I got stressed out about some things, and now I'm back to normal. So, here we go!

Forgive some of the pictures btw, as many of them were taken through coach bus windows. Though I tried to make it look as artistic and purposeful as I could, haha!

Off to Paris by Eurostar☆. It was a nice, smooth ride and interesting to listen to the people ahead of us having champagne and talking politics.

French countryside. The sky was so beautiful, and I wanted to get a picture of these little tower-things on some of the farms we passed. I have no idea what they were, storage possible, but they looked so neat out there in the middle of the fields.

On our way through Paris by coach, we went by the Printemps department store. It looks so beautiful! I about died we didn't have time to go in.

Again, not much of a view from our hotel, but walking about out there made me think somewhat of LA, which I liked. 

Room. I spent so much time trying to figure out why there was only one painting in the room, and it was shoved over in that corner.

The walk to the Tour Eiffel from our hotel. Not bad at all, and especially useful for when our tour group abandoned us there the second day, haha. Yes, we are apparently those tourists.

I took a lot of pictures underneath, too, but on my mum's camera. There is just something so cool and steam punk about it.

Waiting for it to get dark to take photos of the lights. This is my new imitation Chanel bag from Camden Market. 

Lingering by the Seine as it slowly got dark.

Love those people over there. They seem so happy. 

Video-ed the lighting up of the tower! Forgive the bad angles!

Street signs! Dunno if you've noticed, but I love foreign street signs. Taken during our day full of Paris-tours. (Day 2).

People waiting to cross the street.

Dior shop window... not that you could tell or anything, haha!

This was taken from the cafe we ate at at the foot of the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. I put this photo up for 3 very important reasons:

  1. Sacre Coeur up on the hill 
  2. Our waiter kept setting his serving tray on this van and leaving it there
  3. There was a man painting himself gold for well over an hour

Sign and map of the area at our local metro station. Always good to know where you are.

Macarons bought in Montmartre. They were so delicious! The white one was cheesecake, then there was orange, raspberry with chocolate, lime, and strawberry. They were wonderful and perfect and cost me a pretty penny, but completely worth it.

Taken along the Seine during an evening river cruise. The cruise was way over-priced and a waste of time, but the view was beautiful.

Heading down the Champs-Élysées at night. I filmed this in segments all the way to the Arc de Triomphe from the front seat.

Part 1

Part 2



The next day we were off early to Versailles.

This was from the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, which we were rushed through on our 3rd and last day of Paris. I took pictures of everything here from candlesticks to floor tiles, haha.

Toting around my Primark bag, prepared to buy stuff (which I did, later), I took a quick snap of myself. Just one as not to appear too vain. By this point I was giving up attempting to look cute. Shitty shampoo+constant fatigue will do it to ya, eh.

That afternoon we went to the Louvre and got stuck on a sweltering hot bus in the middle of traffic for an hour (European public transport is always trapping us, haha), which I have photos of, including a competition between my mum and I to see who could look more tired.

The next day we were up early and off to my favorite city, Amsterdam!

I leave you with a song appropriate for the holiday. 8D