Oui Oui Parie!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2009
Trip End Apr 30, 2010

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Sunday, October 25, 2009

Unfortunately the fast trains were totally booked so we had to catch the slow ones – it took us an extra 4 hours to get there, but we finally made it at about 9.30. Hostel is new big, nice and clean. Had a few glasses of wine with dinner, sat in the downstairs restaurant/bar and chatted.

Free walking tour, latin , Eiffel tower, Arc de Triomph, Louvre, etc.. Then went to Eiffel tower to see it properly and got a really yum crepe with banana and nutella! Next we trecked to the Arc de Triomph, walked down the Champs Elssyes, and then went to the movies! We saw 'The Proposal' and I laughed so loud in parts the Megg was a tad embarrassed (sorry about that Megg..). We shared Nachos for dinner and tried to get on the net but WIFI didn’t want to play so we went up to our dorm and met a guy called Matt from Perth who was staying in our dorm.

We spent most of the morning on Skype, chatting to the Atkinson and Kaeser families! After lunch we jumped on the Metro to Montmarte. We walked up to Sacre Coeur and got a portrait drawn by an artist (he’s good at doing eyes and that’s about it.. I have a square nose which Megg said I don’t have so don’t tell me that’s what my nose looks like! I want my €20 back!!) Then we walked back down the hill to the Moulin Rouge to take photos of us standing outside it. We heavily considered splurging and seeing a show because I’d love to go and it’s one of Megg’s favourite movies EVER, but we already had Lily Allen to look forward to, and the cheapest tickets are €90 so in the end we skipped it. After taking our happy snaps we wandered a few streets and found Au Lux Bar – imagine a typical little French bar from the movies and that’s what it was! We loved it, and had a few glasses of exceptionally delicious wine there before moving on and finding another place for dinner. I had duck (tasty!) and we had more wine before trying Tarte Tatin (upside down apple tart – French specialty) and chocolate cake for dessert, they were both amazing!

We woke up to crappy weather, but headed to Versaille anyway with Matt our roomy! We decided to get out of the rain a bit quicker by opting for the tickets with a guided tour of the private rooms in the palace. We spent a few hours wandering the public part, and I was once again dazzled by the Hall of Mirrors (maybe because it feels like 7 Fiander Ave??).  After walking through that part with the hordes of tourists and annoying school kids (who were so trigger happy with their cameras, although I don’t think they actually got any of the palace.. I’m 95% one kid even took a picture of me) we went and grabbed some lunch before our tour. The tour of the private rooms was good, we saw where Marie-Antoinette slept, and some amazing old furniture – they are slowly trying to buy the furniture back after it was all sold off in the 17th or 18th century (I can’t remember.. look it up yourself!). They have one chest of drawers that they recently bought back for €10 million – CRAZY!!! After the tour we wandered through the gardens and then headed back to Paris. When we got back I did a bit of job hunting on the net and we had Croquette Monsieur and fries for dinner.. or a ham and cheese toastie and chips for dinner – everything sounds so classy in French!

Megg skyped home in the morning and we saw Tiff’s 2 beautiful boys! After vege-ing out all morning we headed to Galleries Lafayette, a giant Department store, to do some serious shopping! Megg found one thing to buy, but I was after a jacket which I never found L . As we were wandering through their equivalent of the Basement at Myer we noticed a rather rank smell.. Someone had obviously walked their dog through and it had left a massive crap behind! If that wasn’t bad enough someone had walked in it and spread it around the whole area, it was so so bad! The worst thing was that the staff all stood around together looking disgusted, but refusing to clean it up, so it just stayed there YUK!!!!!

After hours of shopping we grabbed a snack – I had a baguette with camembert (how French of me!) and Megg had a brownie, and then headed back to the hostel for a cheap dinner before heading off to LILY ALLEN!!!

Lucky for us the venue was an easy walk from the hostel! We had a great night singing along to all her songs even though most of the crowd wasn’t, I guess they are French.. – my throat was sore the next day! And we both bought Lily singlet’s!

We had a really really lazy day the next day. We lazed about in our dorm doing not much.. We are just really over backpacking, sightseeing etc etc! Megg is really looking forward to getting home and I wish I was joining her, although if I did I would probably regret it after about a week! We went to the Eiffel Tower in the evening, and went up it with the incredibly annoying loud Americans and rude pushy eastern Europeans. One guy kept leaning into Megg, it was so weird. I just can’t believe how many morons there are who think if they stand up against you in a line they will somehow get there faster. NEWS FLASH: THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN A LINE DOES NOT REDUCE BY YOU PUSHING UP ON MY BACK! Maybe we are used to a little more personal space than other countries, but really, don’t touch me.  The view was great but it was so so cold, so we had a look around and then went back down. It took longer than we thought to get up and down, so we skipped finding a restaurant and got a few things at a little supermarket before watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle – if you haven’t seen it you really should, it’s the most magical thing I have ever seen in my life..

For our second last day we had a nothing day again, but for our last night together we caught the Metro to the Bastille area to meet up for drinks with Sasha and Ruth, our San Sebastian friends! We spent most of our night at ‘Charlotte Bar’ (chosen because of the name of course!) and then visited a few others before realizing that we were about to miss the last Metro home! We said the speadiest good-byes ever and bolted for the metro – luckily we got the last one.. PHEW!!!

Last day together, we were both feeling a tad hung-over, and we were freaked out about it being the end of Me and Megg. All I could think about was how I’m about to be incredibly alone on the other side of the world.. We decided to head out and try to distract ourselves, so we jumped on the Metro to the Champs Elsyes to do some window shopping. We were struggling to stay interested in window shopping – it just reminds us of how we can’t buy anything, so we went to the movies again and saw ‘The Hangover’ (fitting for how we were feeling..) and then wandered down the road, through the gardens and sat by a big pond covered in Symbols! Heaps of people were there, and everyone throws stones in making the symbols clang – loads of fun, I’m totally going to make Darebin City Council do that to the pond in All Nations Park when I get back! By the afternoon I had managed to pull myself slightly together, realizing that a ski season in Switzerland would probably not be THAT bad.. Time was a-ticking, so we went back to the hostel and get the last few things ready before going to the Airport.. AAGGGHHH!!

We caught the train out to T2, waited in the line FOREVER to check Megg in, and then used our last Euros for our final meal together – Baguette’s! It was finally time for Megg to head through customs where I could not.. We had a teary good-bye with lots of hugs, crying and then laughing because we were crying, and off she went.

We had such a great time together, and have stood, sat and slept right next to each other for 13 weeks. I’m writing this on the train to Basel – we parted ways last night, and I keep looking for her. I’m sure Megg must be next to me! Ohh.. I just got my ticket checked and they didn’t punch my Eurail pass AGAIN! This is my 8th trip using it (I bought 8 trips), and the ticket inspectors have only punched it 4 times – HEHEHE!!! Hellllooo free travel J Anyway, we had an awesome trip and I’m so grateful to you Megg for sharing this experience with me. The words ‘Ola’ and ‘Heeeps’ and any Lily Allen song will take me straight back to our Europe trip!

Well, Paris was officially my last ‘backpacking’ stop, so even though I’ve been a bit crap putting blogs up regularly, they won’t be so regular anymore! I’ll still keep you all posted with what’s happening in Switzerland though don’t worry J I hope you’ve all enjoyed hearing about the places I’ve been, please email or Facebook me and let me know how YOU are going and don’t wait for some ‘interesting’ news before you do – I’m not too busy to read emails and everything is interesting to me, I’m craving normality so tell me about how your car broke down, how you nearly won cards, how the dog stole the steaks off the bench again, and how your housemates are pissing you off! Here’s my email address if you’ve forgotten it annakaeser2@hotmail.com

Love and miss you all HEAPS!

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Jeniece Bennett on

I finished reading through your whole blog. Its really neat and interesting.:) I'v been sick at home all week, so thanks for the great read.:)

benanna on

Glad I could entertain you while you recover!
I hope I've inspired you to save up some cash and take a gap year, I guarentee you will LOVE it :)

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