Paupers in paris
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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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
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
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
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.