Bonjour, from Paris!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, November 21, 2004


This is my first travelogue entry since I arrived in Paris a little over two and a half months ago with my wife, Brea. We live in the heart of Paris, the Marais on a street called rue des Rosiers. It is the center of the Jewish quarter and is a very trendy, hip part of town. We got very lucky finding an apartment. I am currently enrolled in the Speos Photographic Institute full year program. It is a very intense program with emphasis on digital photography. I am also working as a freelance photographer part-time for a newspaper called le Figaro Etudiant and also working as a correspondent in France for EyePress, Asia's Photo-Press Agency. Life couldn't be better! We went to Normandy two weeks ago to visit the D-Day beaches of 1944 for the 60 year anniversary. We took a taxi, but i recommend renting a car, to the American Cemetary, Omaha and Utah Beaches. It was very surreal walking on the D-Day landing beaches and through the battlefields with huge craters in the ground from the bombings. We stayed at the Family Hostel, which had a great breakfast and very cozy beds, in Bayeux for the night and saw the Bayeux Tapestry and cathedral. It was a nice getaway from the big city. We will be coming back home to Austin for two weeks during Christmas and New Years. We haven't had a lot of time for travel, but plan on doing more when we return. Paris is such a great city...and it is true...all we do is drink wine, eat cheese, and have cafes and croissants. The French are very nice people, despite their rude stereotype. I still don't speak much French, but if i make an effort people are usually very helpful and most Parisians speak English well. There is so much art going on, photography and painting is everywhere you look. This month is called Mois de Photo, and all over Paris are exhibitions and gallery shows of photography. Paris is called the photography capital of the world...I guess am in the right place. We stared going to the American Church on Sundays. It is has great sermons and after the service is coffee and tea. hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day.

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