A Trip to Paris…

To mark the ending of my time in the TC, I travelled to Paris for a week. In the past I visited Paris a number of times which made things easier.  I was a bit nervous because the trip was spontaneous.  I hadn’t had much time to think or plan ahead, however Paris never disappoints me.

 

Day 1

I got an early train.  I took my laptop ,  I made videos and wrote throughout the week. When the train pulled in to Paris, and my feet touched Parisian land it started to sink in how far I was from my home town.

I took the Metro to my Hotel, unpacked and headed out to explore. I came across a church and decided to sit down. The candles were dimly lit and it was so peaceful.

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Saint Paul Saint Louis, Rue Saint-Antoine

 

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The pews

Day 2

I visited Sacre Coeur. It was my first time visiting the Basilica. I climbed the steps to the top of the church and took pictures of Paris. I went into the Church and had a look around. The scenery is lovely.  I visited a Bakery where I bought a baguette and a croissant.

 

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Walking up to the Basilica in Sacre Coeur

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Basilica- Sacre Coeur

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Sacre coeur- A view from the Basilica
Sacre coeur

Day 3

I took a trip down to Des Archive Nationales de Paris. I took a walk this time rather than taking the Metro. The walk took about an hour, through the Market, I saw traders selling fresh fruit and sea food. On another stand, there were Samosa des legumes, and pizzas.

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Vegetable stall

I kept seeing the slogan ‘Libertie,Egalitie, fraternity’. I headed towards Saint Lazare train station. On my way there, I spoke to the locals. I enjoyed our conversations. I carried on to the Train station where I inquired about taking a train to Le Havre the following Day Le Havre is a beach on the Coast of Normandie.

Day 4

I Left Saint Lazare and took a train to Le Havre in Normandie. I then travelled to a beach called Etetat.

 

Etretat

Etretat- Walking Along the beach

the beach was incredibl.  I walked to the top of the cliffs and looked down on to the sea and the houses and shops close by. The weather was windy.   I walked for a few miles along the pathways on top of the cliff. I watched the sea. The tide came and went.  It was then time to leave I took a bus back to Le Havre and then a train. I had my own carriage I put my feet up and began to write.

 

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Etretat, Normandy

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Etretat, Normandy

Day 5

I visited George Pompidou. The building is quite abstract. You would most definitely notice it had you have been passing by chance. I went in to see the modern art exhibitions. Some of the Artists whose work I saw were by DeLauney, Matisse, Picasso, Kadinsky, Dix, Pollock.  19.03.17.41

As evening fell, I made my way towards Cafe Marley at the Louvre. It was romantic and I thought it would be a really nice place for a couple to go for a date. I ate a light and creamy mille fuielle. It was super scrumptious I would  love to visit again. Hopefully with someone to enjoy the experience together next time 😉

Louvre, Cafe Marly

The louvre outside Cafe Marly

I then visited the theatre and watched an opera. It only cost 5 euro and I had my own cabin. It was really quite cosy. I could see a clear view of the stage from the top of the balcony.

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Day 6

I visited la Maison Europeenne de photographie on my final day in paris I visited an exhibition by Gao Bo. Some of his work showed photographs which had been destroyed with black paint. It was interesting to see him linking photographs, destruction and memory and learning about his background and his experience of where he grew up. Another Artist, Vincent Perez had an exhibition on identities which I felt I could connect with Especially when talks about his experience of being a cultural mixture. Where do I belong? Who am I? He questions. His photos were bold and big. It was inspiring.

 

After leaving the Musee de la Photographie, I had lunch at Cafe Angelina. I had a risotto which was unbelievably good with a pastry for my dessert. The flavour of tea I drank which was Mont Blanc was quite refeshing. I then made my way back to the hotel for my suitcase, and headed back to Gard du Nord.

Cafe Angelina

 

Goodbye Paris… Till we meet again 😉

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