Mike L.'s visit

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Aug 02, 2008

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Sunday, July 13, 2008

I have been pretty busy the last few days. It's 3AM here so I'll make this a quick rundown.

Thursday afternoon I decided not to go on the OECD visit, and read in the garden in my building complex instead. It was a really lovely afternoon. Thursday night I decided to heat water using my portable water heater. Jen came to visit me, and I totally forgot about it. Then I heard this crackling sound and I ran to the bathroom to find a little campfire in there! Half the cup is melted and the whole thing is up in flames! Black fumes and pungent odour filled the room. We had to open the window and doors. My bathroom is still not fully clean. So I clceaned up as much as I could before having to pick up Mike from Gare du Nord train station. I picked him up, and we went to his hotel, checked in, then decided to find some place to eat. Mike is very very picky/indecisive. But we finally settled on this place called 'Buffalo Grill'. It was this really Eerie American style eatery. The inside is decorated like a bordello, but then it has  native american busts all over the place. Hey at least it was open. Then we walked back to my place (he didn't buy a metro ticket so we walked instead) and Mike went back to his hotel.

Friday we did a lot--and only spent 4 euros! We met up at 1 PM, after my class. The n we went back to my place and ate lunch with Jen in the cafeteria. The selection wasn't that good, but Mike was happy so I was happy. Then we went to Notre Dame--a huge gothic cathedral. After that we went to the place I've wanted to go to since I got here--Opera Garnier! I had the Phantom of the Opera theme song in my head. The whole place is opulent. The theatre area is samller than I imagined though, and the chandelier not as grand as I envisioned. We even got to go into a booth where the rich people sat. It looks just like the ones in the movie. Afterwards we toured Montmatre and the Sacre Coeur. Our next stop was the Louvre. It is free for those under 26 on Fridays after 6PM (future travelers take note). We basically came in to see the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo for Mike's sake. Then we ate at 'Welcome Cafe' on Rue de Rivoli. Our waiter spoke English, French and Spanish! We were thoroughly impressed. Lastly we went to the Eiffel Tower and caught the tail end of the lightshow.

Saturday we saw the splendours of Versailles. We saw bedrooms where Marie Antoinette slept. The grounds were frezing cold and the interior of the palace was magificent, especially the Hall of Mirrors. We took the audio guide too, which put a lot of the items into context. We didn't do much after. We ate a bagueete for dinne before heading back. At home, we took a little reprieve, then headed to the Champs Elysees and went sightseeing. Mike bought a cute little toy for his nephew at the Peugeot concept store. I took some photos of the race cars to show Andrew R to make him jealous. The food in that area was tres cher so we decided to find someplace closer. We tried Angelina's but it was closed; by the time we found food it was almost 10PM so we ended up going to Pizza Hut (yeah I know, I know) but it really hit the spot!

Sunday the whole city is preparing for Bastille day tomorrow. Tomorrow will be really exciting! This morning Mike and I went to the Marais, and wandered. We went to Musee Carnavale, which is a small 2 mansion museum that has artificacts from the pre-historic times up until France in the 20th century. Then we bought some cheese and crackers and wine and had a pseudo picnic at Luxembourg gardens. It was cold, then hot, then cold. Weird weather in Paris. We wrapped up our meal, and headed home. We took the tram which was really nice for Mike to be able to see the city. At home this is about 5:30 PM, so we got ready to go to Conrad's (a guy in my program) house for a get together. Serena, Jen, Mike, Conrad, Stephanie and I ate at this little Indian restaurant  by their building. We shared 5 dishes. AFter that we went to the most raging party. It is called Bal du Pompiers (Ball of the Firefighters) at St. Sulpice. The line was all the way around the block!! Luckily I didn't get to see the end of it because Serena managed to find some bozos to let us bud them in line...RIGHT before the bouncers. The girls behind them were REALLY pissed off. But, guys will do anything for a group of girls! The party was AMAZING. Best outdoor party I've ever been to, bar none. Pictures will go up. Topless firefighters....now it's Van's turn to be jealous! Hehehe...

Anyway, it's almost 20 past and I'm beat. Tomorrow I'm heading to the Champs Elysees to watch the Parade for Bastille day. What a life....now when am I going to get my readings done?
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