Paupers in paris

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Thursday, August 12, 2010

So before we tell you all about Paris, let us clarify this new system Paul and I have devised. When I am writing, it will be in this font. Whereas Paul will be writing in italics.

We were hoping to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) in the same place Sartre did all those years ago, the Cafe des Flores. Unfortunately we couldn't quite justify spending 12 euros on 2 cokes that the robbing so-and-so's wanted to charge us, we are travellers not tourists after all. So instead here we are writing from the comfort of our bed in Berlin.

The first leg of our trip was fantastic. Paris is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its awe inspiring buildings, statues scattered everyone and colourful gardens. The Parisians don't lie on the grass in the park, instead they sit on green metal charis surrounding the green. Bizarre, but tres civilized.

Instead of spending our time in cafes and restaurants, as one would normally be expected to do in this city of gastronomic wonders we had to find more budget friendly ways of spending our time. So we put our legs to good use and walked, and walked, and walked. From the Sacre Couer to the Eiffel Tower, from Mont Parnasse in the South, to Rue de Bretagne in the North. Although my feet would beg to differ, it's something I would definitely recommend to anyone coming here, walk the streets and enjoy every sight this wonderful place has to offer.

Highlights for me were picnicing by the Sacre Coeur; walking down Rue de Mouffettard, a food lovers' paradise packed with cheese sellers, pattiseries, boulangeries, boucheries and other 'ies' that make your mouth water; a stroll down Montparnasse cemetery (no Jim isn't buried here), a stark reminder that it's all about the journey and definitely not the destination; a picnic under the trees by the gardens of the Louvre and finally the Jardins de Luxembourg, beautiful gardens, alive with colour and smelling like perfume. Least impressive where the 'Secret Gardens' by the Hotel the Scully which we found a reference to in an article titled 'Hidden Paris'. I felt like I was in Tomb Raider, looking for the secret door under the arches, the sense of excitement soon fell flat when I entered the ,gardens, and found a square of hedge, beautifully manicured hedge mind you, but a square of hedge nontheless! Guess I didn't learn my lesson in Montparnasse.

As Karen has mentioned most of Paris i will write about the things that i am finding most surprising. The first thing that i have found is i really enjoy being on a budget! It is a daily challenge knowing that we only have X amount to spend and how are we going to go about sticking to it. As Karen previously mentioned spending 12 euros on a coke & a coffee is not the way to do it! I am also enjoying staying in hostels. I never thought that i would, but just like with camping i have changed my mind. What i like about them is that you meet like minded people (travellers with no money) who have interesting stories to tell and tips about the place you have just arrived at.

So we have completed the first leg of our journey! I love Paris and vowed that at some point in my life i will live there for at least a year and thankfully Karen agrees. What's not to love? Great food, cheap wine and a 35 hour working week with up to 9 weeks annual leave! As we were in Paris in August a lot of places were closed as it's the main French holidays and get this they had signs on their doors saying back in September, ha ha, imagine that in London!

Last night we got the overnight train from Paris to Berlin. I loved it. I have never been on a sleeper train before and it was good fun. We had 4 other people in our couchette. 2 middleaged French couples. They were sweet, although the guy below me might not be saying the same about me as my mobile landed on his head at 03:00 this morning! Ooops. One last thing, whilst on the train we sneaked our bottle of wine in to the restaurant cart and got caught by this stern German waiter. We said sorry but we just continued anyhow! ha ha. Hey, it was the first bit of booze we had all week and we wanted to enjoy it with our meal!

Well that's me for now, i have a book to finish (The Lonely Planet Story) it's very inspiring and giving me more ideas!

Take care of yourselves, all our love Karen & Paul xxx

p.s We did do some video clips but found out that Karen's camera records in high def, and we can not seem to upload them. So we will record in mpeg format from now on.
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mom&dad on

glad to hear you are having a great time , take care love you both xxxxxxx

Frendo on

Ahh I am so both seem to be having a whale of a time,....lovely pics and keep us posted on berlin too....Hugs & see you in Bali! Xxx

Kefford on

WOw nice pics of paris, mega jealous of you both already. I think id rather sleep on a train than a hostel..Have you seen the film by Quintin Tarentino? lol..Anyway Have a nice time in Berlin spk 2 ya both soon

Fells on

Great to read your blog and share in your adventures!
Sounds like you're having a fantastic time - not that there were ever any doubts - and this is just the beginning!
Love the pics too!
Take care, enjoy and look forward to reading more of your blogs!

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