Day3-5 :: Denmark-France-Greece-Latvia-Estonia

By August 4, 2009 Life, Photos

Soo… as it turned out, there is no time for constant blogging on holiday’s like this ^^
so heres a conclusion of rest of the days in france.

Day 3

was all about unvinding from the stressfull days…

first a “french” breakfeast with croissants, juice, bread, etc. Ofc if you have danes in your company, they will end up making their own menu ^^

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since we had nothing planned and the place was nice, quiet and had a garden, we decided to stay at the house until the afternoon…

for some reason, the place looked very simular to the “french” stereotype i had developed in my head :P but yeah, overall, it was really nice. Cosy, consistent design, quiet neighbourhood and a sunny day :)

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spent some time shooting some bees that were high on flowers…

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Ofc as soon as i whipped out my 300mm sigma, Anna nabbed it away from me ^^

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afterwards, we took a small walk in the nearby forest trails… suprisingly enough, the nature is identical to Estonian (exept the giant snails and wallnut trees) which is strange for me after 2 years in denmark where it had a totally different look… perhaps since everything there is replanted by hand in orderly way, nothing natural

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and back to the busy city

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Day 4

all about getting lost!
we went out to walk around the town and see a few places without much planning (nice, but planning would have probably avoided a lot of walking ^^) and oh yes, walking, walking and more walking.

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anyway, we took the metro which seems to be the main transport in here

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theres also loads of homeless people and peggers around the place… guess all tourist hubs are like that

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metros are nice though, some stations have really cool designs

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as we emerged from the tunnels below, i saw the real inner “paris” for the first time :)

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loads of public bikes

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first, we went to notre dame… hell of a lot of tourists…

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i think this was the town hall or smth

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went through a small store… the product range is really huge compared to denmark… the land of monopoly… damn i hate the stores there :/

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walked around some more… which was when it started raining… we tried to find a restourant.. especially this one:

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couldnt find it again though so after getting all soaked and the rain not stopping, we bought an umbrella for 12eur just to use it 3 minutes until getting into a restourant… since we couldnt make up ourr minds, we finally just sat down in one.

there i had the very worst steak i had ever eaten… the grill plate it had been on must had been unwashed for a few weeks… all you could taste was the grill plate residue… seriously… it had got deep into the meat :/

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then a big museum designed by gaudi… it looked pretty nice. and had some interesting stuff inside

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unfortunately, i forgot to take an overall image of the place

the last location was a church up the hill in the latin quarter… theres a really amazing view from up there.

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and back home through the metro

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Day 5

metro again ^^ this time we had a guide! luca was kind enough to ask fee from work for us… which result in a very effective trek around the city 8-9km on foot but lots of sighseeing!

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well the main keyword for today was hordes of tourists… and lots of walking…

started with the triumph arch… this thing is massive… tv screen and photos cant really capture its size.

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cheesy tourists:

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then a walk down the exclusive shopping street followed by 2 nice castles/mansions/gardenhouses for the kings or what ever you would call them.

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these guys really liked the bling and the ching

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The best way to deal with the hordes of tourists:

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then went past the tomb of napoleon

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and the parliament

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seine:

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obelisk:

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and ended up at the louvre… a little traveling amusement park was set up there

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my favourite metro entry design.

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after which we went to meet up with some people in a little pub known for a good beer selection… turned out that the steak taste seems to be some kind of standard in paris… or maybe my taste is just messed up by all that hot pasta which i eat ^^

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