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    Re: European Vacation (yet another trip report)

    The next day we hopped on the TGV (pronounced Tay-Jay-Vay) which sped us into Paris very quickly. First we went to Montmartre.



    The Sacre-Couer, a very beautiful church on the top of a hill in Montmartre. Also full of gypsies and vendors.



    Charlotte atop one of the many famous Montmartre stair cases.



    A very French street.



    We then stumbled across this famous little cafe! If you've seen Amelie, you'll know about it.




    We then hopped on the Metro and headed down to Notre Dame. We asked a person to take our picture in front of the cathedral for us, but obviously getting the whole cathedral behind us was out of the question.



    So I took one myself.



    The back of Notre Dame.



    We then hopped back on the Metro and hit up the Louvre!



    Unfortunately we didn't have time to go into the Louvre (I had already been last year anyway) so instead we just looked around the courtyard and then walked over into the Tuileries Gardens. Where I found this most charming statue.



    Ahhhh Paris (you have to pronounce it 'Pehr-ee' for full effect)



    Taking a nap on the Champs-Elysees! And then I told them to stop 'Diddly dawdling' which was a term they found insanely funny and spent the remainder of the trip attempting to pronounce correctly (Charlotte came close)



    We then walked down the famous Champs-Elysee all the way to the Arc de Triomphe where I met some fellow Calgarians! They took our picture, and I took theirs, and we had a pretty cool conversation before we head off to a cinema to watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (one of the few theatres in France which had it in English was nearby!)



    After the movie we headed over to Les Invalides, the famous war museum. But it was closed at the time



    So we then walked over to the Eiffel Tower, which was sparkling!

    At this time we realised we had only an hour to get up to the train station to make our train, and we were on the wrong side of Paris. So we rushed over to the nearest metro station, and hopped on the RER (which decided to be 30 minutes late). And then, after only going one stop down, the RER stopped and lady told us to get off as they were doing maintenance on the track. Long story short, we missed the last train out of Paris.

    It turned out to be a happy accident in my books as Charlotte's boyfriend drove the 2 hours down to Paris in the middle of the night, and when he picked us up he drove us over to the Eiffel Tower so we could see it at 2 AM with no one else there. It was quite a site.



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    The Eiffel Tower only does this once a night, for 10 minutes at 2 AM, so thats only time you can see it ^^
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    Such great pictures! Thank you for sharing.
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    The next day we went to Brussels!



    On the drive there we saw this sign at a rest stop. We couldn't figure out what it meant for the life of us (those crazy Belgians!)



    The Grand Place in Brussels was incredible, especially this building here.



    This is a statue that if you touch, its supposed to make you lucky. And I missed my plane home. What a load of bs!



    Another famous statue of child taking a wee. I found it quite amusing.



    Belgian waffles! Yum yum yum.



    The Atomium! I have no idea whats its purpose is, but when I asked someone they said "Its big and it looks cool, thats all you need for tourists." Seeing as I was a tourist, I couldn't argue.



    Mmmmm Belgian chocolates.



    The other side of the Grand Place.



    The Presidential Palace. I took this pic at 10x zoom driving in a car going 50mph. I was fairly proud of myself.

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    Those Belgian chocolates and waffles look so good omg *drool*

    But excellent pictures! Makes me want to go, badly.

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    OMG!! Those chocolates look to DIE for!!! And you and your nekked statues!!




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    Quote Originally Posted by penguinsoda View Post
    OMG!! Those chocolates look to DIE for!!! And you and your nekked statues!!
    I was thinking the same thing.

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    Beautiful pics and a great trip report! Looks like you had good weather and met some incredible people, lucky you!!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Didn't go to DLRP, eh? Maybe next time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by penguinsoda View Post
    you and your nekked statues!!
    Barb is right... boys will be boys

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseinphilly View Post
    Didn't go to DLRP, eh? Maybe next time...
    Oh I did last year. Haha, that was one of the first things I did last year when we got to Paris!

    No, this year I was too far.

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    Awwww, London & Paris - two of my most fav cities to visit - LOVE them!!

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    "Uh... excuse me, could you tell me where the Statue of Liberty is? I've been searching for hours and can't find it anywhere!"
    . . . well, turn left at the first round-a-bout, hang right at the Queen's A** pub, cross Blackfriar's bridge, just past the Tower of London - can't miss it!

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    . . . then walked over into the Tuileries Gardens. Where I found this most charming statue.
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    HA HA, we always call this the "I've fallen and can't get up statue"

    Actually, did you get to see the little Statue of Liberty in Paris?? It's actually a beautiful and small, exact replica of the original.

    Looks like you had a fantabulous trip, thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!
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    Beautiful pictures! Extra points for using the word "gobsmacked" and wearing an I heart NY shirt in london.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DizDee View Post
    Actually, did you get to see the little Statue of Liberty in Paris?? It's actually a beautiful and small, exact replica of the original.
    I thought the one in New York was a replica of the one in Paris :S, I'm not sure haha, but I did see it last year and it was really really beautiful, its one of my most favourite statues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by splashmountainfreak View Post
    I thought the one in New York was a replica of the one in Paris :S, I'm not sure haha, but I did see it last year and it was really really beautiful, its one of my most favourite statues.

    hmm lalala..
    The french gave it to the Americans back in 1876 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the United States
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    Well, mine as well put some more pictures up! Still have a bunch left!


    So the next day we went around a town called Valenciennes, in the extreme north of France. I thought I should take the oppurtunity to take an artistic photo.



    It had quite a nice city hall! Although the whole city was completely leveled after the second World War, so there wasn't much in the way of interesting architecture left.



    The Musee des Beaux Arts de Valenciennes.



    On the way back we missed our train, so we took the oppurtunity to play some French pool! The balls were much smaller which made it considerably more difficult.



    The next day we went out to Charlotte's parents house, who lived in the French countryside! They had a ton of animals there, including this horse named Olympe.



    Her dad bred pure-bred St. Bernards for a living. So he let me see there litter of 15 day old puppies, they had tons of them!



    We rode through the French countryside and through some forests on Olympe, it was quite an experience.



    A ton of puppies! haha



    That evening we returned to Arras, and stayed up late playing French Pictionary with a few of Charlotte's friends. It was rather difficult for me, because a couple times I didn't know what I was drawing!

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