04 January 2010 @ 06:40 pm
Bonne année 2010!  
Sooo.... Happy New Year, everyone! Hopefully you're all doing well.

I have spent the last two weeks mostly not in Lyon, and away from a computer... so I'm trying to furiously flist now and catch up on all the newsy news.

As for my holidays (thank you for asking) I spent a few days on Strasbourg (in Alsace, close to the German border... okay, basically on the Franco-German border, you can walk into Germany from there.... AND I DID) and then nearly a week in Paris.

It's such a cliché, but... Paris, je t'aime. Also, I'm not done with you yet. Free admission to the Louvre? YES PLEASE.
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[identity profile] xx-sprout.livejournal.com on January 4th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had lots of fun. I'm more than a little jealous :)
Happy new year to you too!!
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[identity profile] dustthouart.livejournal.com on January 5th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
Did you have legal permission to go into Germany?

Cat, you lawbreaker. ;)
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[identity profile] gemtiger.livejournal.com on January 5th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
No border checks in Schengen space.... ;D And seriously! Why build a footbridge if you're not going to let people cross it?

I did actually get my residence permit last month, so I don't have to worry about being an illegal immigrant until next September or so. :D
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[identity profile] lusimeles.livejournal.com on January 5th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you as well, Cat! ♥ It sounds like you actually had a really interesting holiday, even if your New Year's was spent asleep. Did you enjoy your stay in Strasbourg? I can see Paris has been kind to you! :D (MACARONS. FROM LADUREE. OMG.)
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[identity profile] gemtiger.livejournal.com on January 6th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Strasbourg is lovely, but it is small---not too much to do after a few days of wandering around. But if you ever go, go during December: Christmas markets overflowing with bredle and mulled wine. MMMMM.

I don't think I could afford Ladurée... (and I don't actually remember walking past it on the Champs-Elysees. Hum. Possibly I was too "OMG I'M WALKING ON LES CHAMPS ELYSEES.... why is there a GAP here?" to notice.)
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[identity profile] lusimeles.livejournal.com on January 7th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
Mmmmmmmmmmm, I like the sound of that and will keep it in mind! Sometimes I think I like little villages more than big cities anyways (big cities are rather all alike in the end), so thanks for the heads-up.

And aww :o a;dslfk I LOVE THE CHAMPS ELYSEES! The first time I went to Paris I stayed at a hotel nearby, and strolling up and down that everyday was just so amazing ♥ (Some of the shops are definitely preeeetty random, though. I was very disappointed to find no Chanel there - not that I could afford it, but I just really wanted to check out the boutique.)
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[identity profile] gemtiger.livejournal.com on January 7th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Strasbourg's actually one of the larger cities in France, I just feel like there's not much to see besides the touristy neighbourhood. (Well, there's also the European Parliament, but unlike Canadian parliaments, there are no guided tours.) Maybe if I'd had more time there, I would have felt differently; as it stood, though, three days was enough.

One of my co-workers said to me, "You might be disappointed by les Champs-Elysées. It's just a street." And okay, maybe I pictured something in my head with a few less cinemas and Virgin Megastores, but it's still a pretty amazing street. XD

I also love how all the tourists would stop in the middle of the crosswalk to take pictures. I wanted to smack them. And then take a picture.
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[identity profile] mastercylinder.livejournal.com on January 6th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
Happy new year! I'm jealous of your Parisian interlude!

Also, is the Louvre always free or what? Cause that's amazing!
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[identity profile] gemtiger.livejournal.com on January 6th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
Regular admission to the Louvre is 9 Euro (which is still a small price to pay, in my opinion); but, even as a temporary European resident, I benefit from the reduced (read: free) rate for being under 25. I wish Canadian museums did this, actually, I'd feel more inclined to go.

On the other hand, I do believe that it's always free for those under 26 on Friday evening (from 6 - 9, perhaps?) So if you're ever bored on a Friday evening in Paris....
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