Archive | July, 2013

The Catacombs

26 Jul

skull and bones

There’s nothing more ghoulish then spending an afternoon with the dead. Somehow, Paris has turned its previous residents into tourist attractions, like the Père Lachaise Cemetery and the Catacombs. It’s creepy, but also fascinating. Continue reading

summer daze

19 Jul

I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled on Wednesday. Needless to say, I’m not really up to doing anything more than watching Planet Earth and napping. Sorry, but you all are going to have to wait until Monday for the cool catacombs post. Them’s the breaks.

Have some cat videos instead. As always, Simon’s Cat is a favorite.

Bastille Day

15 Jul

Happy (belated) Bastille Day! Like most Americans, I vaguely knew that it’s France’s version of Independence Day. I think. I don’t know, I didn’t take my high school’s elective European History class and my knowledge of modern French history is sketchy at best. (Ask me about the cave paintings of Lascaux and Chauvet though!) So it was to my joy and delight to find that John Green, author and prolific vidblogger, had done a series on the French Revolution. Prepare to be educated, Third Estate!

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The Eiffel Tower

12 Jul

eiffel tower

It sounds kind of crazy, but I didn’t visit Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower until my last week in France. Or at least, I didn’t go up it. It’s hard to miss Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece: you can see the tower from all sorts of random places within Paris. I had an excellent view on my train ride into the city every morning. But every time I went past the Champs de Mars and looked at the long, winding queue, I said, “nah, let’s leave it for next week” up until there was no putting it off.

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Summer Splendor

8 Jul

Well, I’m finally back in the States. During my little hiatus, my cousin came to visit Paris, I packed everything in my room into two bags, I flew to Chicago for a family shindig, United lost my big red duffel bag (the one with all of my clothes) for a week, and I returned to New York state for the summer. Oh, and I had a birthday. Not a bad two weeks, all in all.

Now that I’m no longer in an exciting and exotic place – suburban Long Island is no one’s idea of exotic – I’m going to relax my posting schedule to twice a week on Mondays and Fridays. I know this kind of schedule slip is usually the death knell for web comics and other blogs on the internet, but have a little faith here. I’ve invested this much time and effort in this weird little blog, I’m not giving up that easily.

So, sit back and relax; on Friday I’ll finally show you the Eiffel Tower up close and personal.