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2016/12/31 Paris, Musée des Egouts, Tour Eiffel, Coulée Verte, Place des Voges
π 2016-12-31 00:00 in Paris, Trips
After meeting Mathias in Paris, we went to spend the afternoon in Paris. We started with Musée des Egouts. We got to learn how most streets in Paris have an underground street for sewers and the machiens they use to clean all the crap that accumulates in the tunnels:






old Paris during Roman times
old Paris during Roman times

early plan of the underground sewer system
early plan of the underground sewer system

the big balls they use to clean the tunnels
the big balls they use to clean the tunnels

After that museum, we walked to the Effeil tower:

new orthodox church built recently
new orthodox church built recently





Android Nougat in front of Nougat. Well done Mathias :)
Android Nougat in front of Nougat. Well done Mathias :)








A later day, we walked by the Xmas store displays:





And yet another day, we walked La Coulée Verte, a nice green path through Paris using the right of way of an old train line not in use anymore:







Then, we finished with Place des Voges and Victor Hugo's house:






There are also plenty of art stores there:







And that was it for this year, not too much, but then again we spent a bunch of our time in [Belgium this year|/perso/belgium

2015/12/29 Paris Xmas 2015-2016
π 2015-12-29 00:00 in Paris, Trips
I wasn't out in Paris much this year mostly because I was by myself, and had a little less time this year, but still, a few pictures. Actually I started at my Mom's place in Bagnolet, which happened to have a very small urban farm on top of a vacant lot, os that was kind of cool go see:






Paris, despite the current crap that's been going on, is still nice to walk around, especially in the unseasonably warm weather:






Paris City Hall
Paris City Hall




Walking around the old Paris in the middle of La Seine, always yields easy pictures ;)













Notre Dame, pretty as always:







Tour Saint Jacques:



The last day, I went to and around the Google Office near St Lazare:







unusal Xmas ornaments :)
unusal Xmas ornaments :)



Les Halles, still being built, alledgedly it should be finished next year
Les Halles, still being built, alledgedly it should be finished next year


Paroisse St Eustache
Paroisse St Eustache



And I had a quick look at centre pompidou which you used to just be able to enter back in the days. Now it has a 2-3H queue no matter when I've gone in the last years :-


And that was it for Paris this year.

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2014/12/23 Some more pictures of Paris from Dec 2014
π 2014-12-23 00:00 in Paris, Trips
Jennifer and I went out one day when the weather wasn't too cold, and walked around some sights around central Paris:


Colonnes de Buren
Colonnes de Buren








We then went to the Musée d'Orsay, inside an old train station, a fantastic building:












We then walked outside a bit more, now that the main bridges are filled with locks, their are selling locks on the remaining bridges, and headed to Musée de l'Orangerie by the louvre park:







We then took the remaining time to walk the Champs Elysées and maisons de noël:









Another day, we went to the Musée des Arts Forains with my dad:








Another day, I drove to the Cathedral of St Denis where over thousand years of French Kings and famous people are burried:

















the last french king and his wife, who both got beheaded for their troubles :)
the last french king and his wife, who both got beheaded for their troubles :)

Some other Paris pictures left over:


map of all the churches in Paris ;)
map of all the churches in Paris ;)

And after all this good fun was time to fly home. We found a nice passenger in the Air France lounge ;)





The Air France business seats we got (with miles, thankfully I didn't pay for them) were the worst business seats I had had in an overnight flight so far (true in both directions). Note to self to avoid them in the future.

2013/12/20 Another Quick Tour of Paris Around Xmas
π 2013-12-20 00:00 in Paris, Trips
Like each year, I tried to plan some things to see while we were in Paris over Xmas. Since the weather isn't great on average, I only picked the 2.5 days that were nice outside to go out (we also spent 1.5 days at the Bourget Museum of Air and Space indoors when it was raining).

Friday after work, we had a quick look at Boulevard Hausman to see the Xmas tree and animations and climb at the top of Printemps for a good view:








The next nice day, we went to Jardin des Plantes to see the multiple museums there, but first I wanted to stop by les Arènes de Lutéce, which I found out about after watching a documentary on how Paris came to be what it is today over the last 800 years or so.
As the name implies, they are left over Roman Arenas, which weren't destroyed by urbanization. There are also thermes that can be seen by special appointment (by orangerie) which I hope to see another time. To be honest, it doesn't look like much, but it's a cool part of history left in Paris:



We also had a quick look at the Mosque next door which is more visitable than the one in Jakarta we weren't able to enter. They had a few displays to try and fix the very bad PR their religion has been getting due to their extremist followers:






Next, we went to Jardin des Plantes which was of course a bit devoid of plants outside during the winter season. The indoor plants were nice to see though:



these were actually artificial art
these were actually artificial art


Then, we saw displays on plants, animals, and evolution:




they have an impressive compact collection
they have an impressive compact collection


[rigimg:1024:266*|"No, I didn't come from monkeys" always amuses me]











There was much to see, it was a packed visit. The last nice day of sun in the forecast, I planned a boat ride on the seine leaving by the Effeil Tower:






this put a lock on the bridge fad is getting out of hand...
this put a lock on the bridge fad is getting out of hand...



Paris is running out of bridges to put locks on now...
Paris is running out of bridges to put locks on now...



locks, locks, and more locks...
locks, locks, and more locks...

Musée d'Orsay is one place I yet have to go to
Musée d'Orsay is one place I yet have to go to

Parliament
Parliament





Next, we went to see the little houses selling overpriced Xmas stuff:


very very overpriced foie gras
very very overpriced foie gras






after which, we walked towards the small copy of the statue of liberty on a very small island in the middle of the seine:








this one is in French :)
this one is in French :)

From there, we took a cab to Arc the Triomphe and went to the top:





can't beat the view
can't beat the view


winters are cold, but have cleaner and clearer air, that's a win for pictures
winters are cold, but have cleaner and clearer air, that's a win for pictures













We then proceeded towards place de l'Etoile while looking at things on the way



Car manufacturers had new cars on display which I like to see each year:


























The last outing we did was a half day to see the Chateau de Vincennes which had been totally renovated after years of me going to the school next door. The visit was quite nice what seems to be one of the oldest castles in that shape you can visit in France today.















And that was it for this year.

2012/12/26 Yearly visit of Paris over Xmas
π 2012-12-26 00:00 in Paris, Trips
Like every year, here are a few pictures from Paris over Xmas. This year wasn't nearly as cold, and there were a few nice days:


Louis Vuiton is happy to sell you simple handbags for as many thousand euros you're willing to pay
Louis Vuiton is happy to sell you simple handbags for as many thousand euros you're willing to pay

We then walked by the little Xmas houses (think winter wine and art festival):


Vin chaud. Oui!
Vin chaud. Oui!



Macaroons! :)
Macaroons! :)

Piggie :)
Piggie :)

Chocolate tools and gears
Chocolate tools and gears


Made it to the end, time to turn around
Made it to the end, time to turn around






going nowhere, fast
going nowhere, fast




and we walked all the way back from l'obelisk to the arc the triomphe, time to go home
and we walked all the way back from l'obelisk to the arc the triomphe, time to go home

While there, we also went to see car displays, with went on its own page.

A few days later, we went to visit le Marais, which I actually had never seen before. We stopped by a fair amount of little stores, which my dad loves doing:


Started from centre pompidou, with a silly long line we avoided
Started from centre pompidou, with a silly long line we avoided


awesome scenes from top french movies
awesome scenes from top french movies


that is an inventive bakery :)
that is an inventive bakery :)



Place des Vosges, which I had never seen
Place des Vosges, which I had never seen



House of Victor Hugo
House of Victor Hugo

more stores
more stores


more chocolats
more chocolats




A couple of pictures from Auchan:



And before going home, we went to la Villette, citée des sciences et de l'industrie with special expo on Léonard de Vinci






an actual flying RC bird
an actual flying RC bird

Léonard had thought about it, just didn't have the technology back then
Léonard had thought about it, just didn't have the technology back then


And this is it for Paris this year. Not a whole lot, but I've already posted a lot of pictures in the past.

  • http://marc.merlins.org/perso/trips/post_2006-01-06_Visiting-Paris.html
  • http://marc.merlins.org/perso/trips/post_2007-01-07_Paris-_-Louvre-Photos.html
  • http://marc.merlins.org/perso/trips/post_2008-01-07_1-week-in-France.html
  • http://marc.merlins.org/perso/trips/post_2010-01-04_A-few-pictures-from-Paris.html
  • http://marc.merlins.org/perso/trips/post_2011-12-24_Pictures-of-Paris-over-Xmas-2011.html
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    2011/12/24 Pictures of Paris over Xmas 2011
    π 2011-12-24 00:00 in Paris, Trips
    The first day, Jennifer and I went to visit a somewhat park in Bagnolet where I grew up just outside of Paris. It's not an awesome park, but for there, i's pretty good still :)

    they had a stargate :)
    they had a stargate :)



    When then took advantage of great sunny weather and unseasonably high temperatures during the winter to visit Paris:



    Jussieu, one of Paris' main universities is being rebuilt from the ground up to remove all the toxic asbestos. Doesn't look shabby right now:


    We then went towards Sacré Coeur to see if we could climb to the top this time, something I had tried 3 times already but failed due to chronic Xmas absentees, preventing staffing for ascent to the top. It was beautiful weather:






    The views from the top were great that day:













    Sainte Chapelle
    Sainte Chapelle

    Grand Palais and La Défence
    Grand Palais and La Défence

    After that we headed to the Panthéon, which I had never seen inside (bad me). Lots of famous people are burried in the crypt, and the foucault pendulum is cool:


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    and we then went through the jardins du luxembourg towards tour Montparnasse:





    We unfortunately got to the top a tad late, just as the sun was setting, but we raced to get some pictures while the light was fading:


    Pont Alexandre 3 and Grand Palais
    Pont Alexandre 3 and Grand Palais

    Notre Dame
    Notre Dame

    La Défence in the background
    La Défence in the background



    Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries leading to l'obélixe
    Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries leading to l'obélixe

    Centre Georges Pompidou and Tour St Jacques
    Centre Georges Pompidou and Tour St Jacques





    The next day we went to the Musée des arts forains and Court St Emilion







    After that, we walked the Champs Elysées from the Obélix up to see all the little Xmas shops, and then went to see some of the displays in the last section:



    Vin Chaud, Yum!
    Vin Chaud, Yum!

    Piggie!
    Piggie!





    We then went to the Grand Palais to see a computer game expo and the faire in the main hall:








    and finished the night with Duck Choucroute and foie gras


    A few days later, with another nice day, we went to the Sacré Coeur for some great clear views of Paris and seeing their own Xmas shops:







    Centre Georges Pompidou
    Centre Georges Pompidou








    More piggie!
    More piggie!

    We then went to the nearby Place du Tertre:













    Yet another day, we went to Musée Grévin:












    Then, we walked through Passage Verdeau, Jouffroy, and Passage des Panoramas, and we finished at the Louvre's shopping gallery:










    That's all folks. 'till next year.

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    2010/01/04 A few pictures from Paris
    π 2010-01-04 00:00 in Paris, Trips
    Since we were in Paris almost 2 weeks this time, we had planned to go visit at least a couple of days. In the end due to the very cold weather we only went portion of a day since interesting things like climbing to the top of the sacré coeur were closed due to ice and cold (I think even the Effeil tower was closed some days for the same reason, which sucks since the view would have been good for a change with no smog).

    We went to see the musée de cluny:

    haha, good one :)
    haha, good one :)




    the famous dame à la licorne
    the famous dame à la licorne


    We were hoping to get more of an inside tour of Notre Dame, but we only got the 3 euro tour of 'les trésors du sacré coeur' (the outside was closed due to weather)





    closed :( too bad it'd have been cool to visit
    closed :( too bad it'd have been cool to visit

    Last, but not least was the Conciergerie, used for centuries as a prison in Paris




    Oh yes, also dinenr with our friends:


    And yes, that's it: crappy weather made it so that we didn't visit too much.

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    2008/12/30 Paris over Xmas, Capitaine Fracasse Dinner
    π 2008-12-30 00:00 in Paris, Trips
    For New Year's Eve Eve, my Mom invited us to a boat on the seine we were able to eat on while watching the views of Paris at Night. It was quite scenic. Since we didn't have time to go visit Paris, this was a good excuse to see some of it.










    Our departure day, with remnants of snow from the previous day.


    2008/01/07 1 week in France
    π 2008-01-07 18:46 by Merlin in Paris, Trips

    So little to do, so little time...

    We first spent 4 days with my dad , had the usual Jan 1st lunch at Geneviève's , and then spent a few days with my mom .









    My dad, among other things, took us to Park Astérix , which was cold as shit :), half closed, but it was nice to see what was open, as well as the ice skating show that my dad's friend setup there.













    We tried to spend a little time visiting Paris , namely La citée des sciences et de l'industrie @ La Villette, seeing an IMAX movie at La Géode, visiting le Pantéon , and an exposition on the TGV at le Grand Palais.

























    After a couple of days with my Mom, we did the usual trip to Holland to see all my aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces.













    And after just being back from Holland, we barely had enough time to pack, and see Rani, Severine, and Benji for dinner:





    After all this excitement and little sleep before the monday morning plane, we ended back up in SFO, but without our luggage :( (although it should get there by tomorrow, I'm told). Thank you again Air France, and the lazy ass folks who work at CDG.
    2007/01/07 Paris & Louvre Photos
    π 2007-01-07 10:21 by Merlin in Paris, Trips

    We didn't spend as much time visiting this time because we had seen a lot last year already, but amongh other things, we visited the Louvre, well portions of it that is.
    Of course, there was still the opportunity to get some good shots of Paris too ( the other pictures of Paris and the Louvre )



























    Jen and I spent about 5H in the Louvre, and as I knew, it's a huge museum, it would probably take a week to go through it. Either way, it was impressive to see how many floors and displays above ground and underground, were packed in there..











    They even had a few props from Stargate SG1 :)

    2006/01/06 Visiting Paris
    π 2006-01-06 23:27 by Merlin in Paris, Trips

    My last few days in Paris were spent with Jen, being the tour-guide, and having a good time doing so. It was quite enjoyable for multiple reasons, like enjoying the view and other things at the top of the Sacré Coeur and the Eiffel Tower, as well as being a portable heat source :)
    i'll admit that there were a couple of places I hadn't gone to before, and that were nice to see too, in addition to the places I had already seen, but not in a long time. I also figure out for the first time that the Eiffel tower only flashes its strobes at night between 0 and 10 minutes past each hour, and plays lighthouse after that.
    We also did a picture contest, and I think I might have come slightly ahead, either by being more steady, or less greedy with my zoom :)
    All in all, many pictures to show, but here's an excerpt below, and the other ones are here































    2004/12/29 Where are the pictures anyway?
    π 2004-12-29 05:19 by Merlin in Paris, Trips

    Current Music: Israeli Psychadelic Trance Vol2
    Current Mood: Fair

    Well, I'm not taking the same pictures of the same things every time, so since I already have a fair amount of pictures of Paris, here they are: