Paris Plage and Cite de Sciences et L'industrie

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

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Friday after school we went on a class trip to the Luxembourg gardens and had a picnic, organized by Chantal my french teacher. It was really nice to sit around and eat cheese and baguettes again. I think this may be my favourite meal. Then Steph, Serena, Jen and I took off for Paris plage. It would have been really nice as it was a hot day but there were so many creeps. You have to take the stairs from the street level to get to the Seine and the rest area. So at the top, there was a man WHO WAS TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF US. Like PAPARAZZI. He had his SLR camera pointing at us! And even when I pointed him out he wouldn't go away. Then there was this other ogler that made a gross face at Stephany when he came down. The worst was this man who had crud all over his face and then chose to stare at us for 5 hours straight (literally). The look on his face was disgusting when Serena was fixing her bathing suit bottom. I was so glad to be sitting furthest from him. He had rapist eyes. Everytime we would laugh at him he would laugh too, like an idiot. I think he had some sort of cognitive disability, but mild enough so that one is entitled to be annoyed at his sexual perversion. We made sure Conrad got there and sat between us and him, but that didn't help much. He even...well let's not finish this sentence. Anyway I got really annoyed at him so at the end I said to him, "excuse me sir, do you have to stare" angrily but he didn't understand English.

There was this other guy who came up to us and wanted to know what race Jen was. She is mixed. But why would you just come up to us to ask that. He kept saying stuff like, "where is she from? I can't tell what she is" She ignored him, and Leigh was so annoyed she said, "SHE'S CANADIAN." Then he got pissed off and walked off. Then he came back and said, "I think she should blah blah blah" and I said, "I think you should keep walking!" But he didn't understand my english.

My new term for those types of French men is Pepe le Pieux because they have so much in common. French "lover" mentality, smelly and overbearing/over persistent.

Then we all went home, took a break and went back to Serena's apartment to drink some wine before going out again. Jen, Conrad and I were there with Serena and her Mexican roommate Maria who is very pretty. Serena suggested this wine bar really close to her, because someone else suggested it to us. It was really fun, but really really hot. It was literally a hole in the ground--converted from a wine cellar. They played Spanish sounding french music and all the patrons knew the words. We were the centre of attention as the only foreigners there dancing around. Some of the men there were a little overbearing and kept pulling on us. And we met a really attractive french guy who sells bananas and fruits in some market.

Today I slept in by accident. But I had plans to go by myself to Cite du Sciences et L'industrie in Porte de la Vilette which is in the north east corner of Paris. It was HUGE! I liked it a lot. I went to the Planetarium but the show was entirely in french so I tried hard at first to listen and I understood the gist of it but then I fell asleep. I think my favourite exhibits were the space ones and the math ones. It was refreshing to see math again. I tried filming this exhibit on calculus but it was too long to film. I remembered how profound I find mathematical theories, and scientific propositions are so interesting to me, I want to know WHY it works that way, and the interrelationship between math and every day phenomena. Maybe I chose the wrong profession? Seeing pages of equations and geometrical schematics is like an art conoisseur looking at art. Looking at it makes you wish you understood its complexities and you are in awe of the person who drew them out. Anyway, enough geek. They also had exhibits on cars, energy, light, DNA, an aquarium. I wish they had an exhibit on nature and ecology. That's what Paris is missing.
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