Bonsoir (Good evening in French)

In our hotel lobby I found a brochure for a Star Wars exhibition:

http://www.cite-sciences.fr/english/ala_cite/expositions/starwars/

Pod Racer

Pod Racer

So of course I had to go, you gotta see all of the famous Paris sites :) They had two full size pod racers (see pic below) and heaps of other full size objects used from all six movies, including costumes (see storm trooper pic), light sabers and other bits and pieces. They had loads of sections where you could read up on the history, how they did things and so forth. Any way it was well worth the ten euro (16 skippy dollars).

Storm Trooper

Storm Trooper

Further to what Rach has wrote. On the way into France there were so many massively large fields that were so lushiously green. Better than lush golf greens. It looked really clean and fresh. They’re definately not in drought over here.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

All of the cars here are Renaults and Peugeots. It’s funny to see Mercedes Benz taxis :)

When we went on the hour long cruise as a part of the bike tour, we got to see lots of paris at night time. It’s a lovely place and is well lit up. Along the river we were on every now and again we’d see these tents. The guide informed us that once a year the Parisiens (The people of Paris) doing something nice for the poor. Apparently this year they bought the homeless tents. So heaps of the homeless have got tents! Any way, every hour on the hour the Eiffel tower sparkles like crazy just like a sparkler. That’s what that photo is.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

The metro (short for metropolitan rail way) is just as easy to use as the tube, except for that it’s in French. It’s quite interesting trying to buy a ticket from some one who only knows French. The first time I just pointed at the place on the map and held up two fingers meaning two people.

The bike tour was so funny, there we were a group of 15 taking over the streets of Paris stopping traffic all in bright fluro vests. The tour was 24 euro and well worth it for 5 hours, some good excercise, a one hour ride on a river boat and some wine to go with it.

The Eiffel tower is an interesting sight, especially when you’ve always just seen it on post cards. It put a big grin on my face to see it as popped out of the metro and starting walking towards it and then it appeared. Rach and I were a little alarmed at the French military walking around with big machine guns. I guess we’re just not used to seeing guns. But I guess they think they need it since September 11th. These guys looked so bored and mean that I bet they’d be keen as to let a few shots go.

Guard

Guard

It poored down today in the afternoon about 6. Lucky I had Ness’ emergency poncho to save the day. We had dinner made up of items from the local supermarket (sandwhich, dips, cruskits, ice cream with cookie dough. Nothing special). The super market makes you pack your own bags and their trolleys are really little carts that hold the normal hand baskets. It only gets dark here about 10pm which is really usefull. Any way gotta get to sleep got a big day of free museums.

PS. I hate the French keyboards. The letters A, M,W and Z are in a completely different place to ours and you have to hold shift to get numbers.

2 thoughts on “Bonsoir (Good evening in French)

  1. how ya goin?
    That star wars thing would’ve been sick! I’m pretty jealous. You guys shoulda tried to steal that french gaurds gun! he looked like he was asleep! So gabs are you the designated photographer for this trip? Cos I’m only seeing pictures of rach doin stuff. I wanna see a picture of you in one of those hi-vis vests.

  2. Good to see you getting on the internet Jas. Yeah the Star Wars exhibition was sick. You, Foil, Bernie and Giuls would of loved it!

    Ha ha ha. Not really. I’m serious this French guard looked so mean he was itching to let off some rounds.

    Involuntarily, I have become the photo taker. Rach doesn’t seem keen. I wish we had a pleb with us all the time so it would be easy for Rach and I both to be in the pictures. We have to ask some one which usually takes a while to find a suitable suspect.

    Rach looks way better than me, so she can be the photo star of the blog :)

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