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Paris, Normandy and Bordeaux

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Paris was a lovely city. dad i'm really not sure why i got spit on. and i'm glad to hear gonzo still lives, think he'll make it another 4 weeks??

anyway back to Paris. I mastered its metro systems, which i am very proud of since so many people said it was confusing. The Louvre was fantastic, i literally spent 2 hours in one half of one of the 4 floors. this is not so hard when you consider e"ach floor is the size of 2 football fields. saw notre dame that day as well and rounded off the evening with ice cream at the eiffel tower (which you can see in my pics)

the next day i walked the champs elyesse to the arch de triomphe which was another example of napolean having a napolean complex. just had to have the worlds largest triumphal arch didnt he? i also tried fitting in with the parisiens by getting a baguette and eating itin the jardin de tuiliers. lovely day.

the food was great aunt pam. crepes from street vendors have def topped doner kebab as my favorite fast food in europe.

i didnt get to versailles but may be able to on mly way back to london from italy later in my trip.

I did however go to a little village in Normandy near Mt St Michele where i stayed in a lovely little b and b style hostel run by an english couple. i stayed there 4 nights and in between sleeping in a room all to myself with clean towels and the possibility of instant coffee in my room if i felt so inclined; i was able to ride bikes to mt st michele(really neat old fashioned island but very touristy), take a bus to st malo (where they happened to be having a very famous bout race and i got to walk on the brach) and a train to Bayeux (where i went to a dday museum and saw the famous bayeux tapestry) great ti,e there thanks to steve and liz (owners). they even let me have a book i started to read while i was there.

now i am in bordeaux and the town seems ok, but my hostel kinda reminds me of the hotel that tom hanks stayed in in the movie BIG. lil scary. i'll be in nice in é days and then on to italy for 10 days, then back to london to meet up with luke, then after a week, home again home again, jiggity jig.

thank you to all who are commenting and sending emails, i really appreciate knowing what is going on back home. though i think that for having a blog thats gets 40-50 hits a day; it looks like more people could leave some love here :-)

later!

btw, it is consistently 10 degrees warmer here than in NJ :-)

Posted by Brainford 10:41 Archived in France Tagged backpacking

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so Brian- how is traveling alone? especially in Paris? and how is the budget holding out, since u haen't asked for donations yet, I guess u r doing ok! Aunt Nancy

by wolfe

There's lots of love here for you, Bridey. You know I am jealous. I think Gonzo will make it. If not, I'll have him stuffed. Be careful in Italy. It's like going to Sussex! Ha Ha. I leave on the class trip tomorrow. Love, Dad

by Dennis DeG

Hey Brian! Finally got the link from Alissabeth the other day. Guess you didn't make it to the De Block brewery in Belgium? Anyway...remember...when in Rome...

by JDeBlock

PS...thanks for the weather report! ;-)

by JDeBlock

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