23 sleeps on Friday the 13th
Trip Start Jun 20, 2012
62Trip End Aug 05, 2012
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After this we had our first test in the phonetics class, which was simple in theory but took so long for the teacher to explain the instructions because everyone was confused by the french she was using. I think I went pretty well except for the pronunciation of two words at the end.
We have a little hope returned for our suitcases
In the afternoon I headed for the Jardin des Plantes with an aim to tackle the museums and zoo which are dotted around and within the garden. The first I came to was a little disheartening with only two small room and no english information after I made my through an impressive welcoming hall. I had gotten in with a student, underage discount so thankfully this woeful museum on the design and creation of the greenhouse was only €1 instead of €6.
Next I headed for the menagerie, which had some interesting animals but was embarrassing in the standards of the enclosures. I found myself whispering to the animals, telling them that one day these conditions wouldn't be tolerated. One day there'd be change and I'd try to be a part of that. It made me sad to see such delightful, majestic creatures shoved in measly cages with little thought to their comfort and lifestyle.
The garden itself was a refreshing abundance of greenery and colour. The entrance I had found led me up a winding hill enclosed in trees and surrounded by ground cover and at the crest of this was a little grotto with a view of the rest of the gardens and of Paris outside
The Grande Galerie de l'Évolution is incredible and I spent the rest of the afternoon lost in these halls of mystery, beauty and magnificence. At one point I found myself in a restricted section which had a grand staircase leading up to the top floor and in behind the sealed interior doors of the main exhibit. Excitedly I hurried to the top and pushed on the red-velvet double doors on the top floor, only to learn my big discovery was the security room and offices to the museum. I apologised to a friendly lady in a suit and hurriedly went back down to the main exhibits. I also bluffed my way into the children-only hall and was rewarded with some excellent exhibits. I spent so long here I was being ushered out for closing with the Big-cat hall still to see. I'm thinking I'll find myself back here one day soon.
On the journey back to the apartment I stopped for milk, coffee, mushrooms and chickpeas and once back I added to the dinner from the night before and created a delicious satay pasta with the added mushrooms and roasted chickpeas.
I showered before dinner and after giving up on the task of homework, I drifted blissfully off to sleep by 8:30pm.