Category: Photography



Interlude: News You Can Use

Spent all day today, Thursday, the 17th, trying to get bucks out of Paris. Before I left Vincenne, I queried the web and found an address and phone number for the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Took the Metro, got off at Franklin D. Roosevelt (yup, an official stop on the Champs Elysee) and walked… Read more »

July 11: Paris Does Dour

I have to say, today was a rather dour day. Paris somehow seems to have a distinct personality (or Shambhalians might call it– a drala) and when it’s not happy, it’s obvious. I got up late and ended getting to the Musee D’Orsay, where the Impressionists are housed, with only an hour to peruse the… Read more »

Later on July 10: Flourish and Blotts

I’m sitting in my room on Sunday evening writing this blog and listening to what are obviously fireworks, maybe getting ready for tomorrow night, the Catorze Julliet (Bastille Day). I’m going to try and figure out how to get downtown to see them, though they are at the Eiffel Tower and begin at 10:45 p.m.,… Read more »

10 July: Le Tour Eiffel

Today, Thursday, I used the first day of my Batobus (Boat-Bus) pass to travel along the Seine and see the Eiffel Tower. It seemed the easiest way to get to it, as it’s way off the Route 1 Metro line. It was a little bit of a disappointment because the Batobus was all enclosed with… Read more »

The Ring, the 3 Things, and the Louvre

The Mona Lisa

I’m going to try and catch up for the last three days (Wednesday until Friday). It was a busy time as I decided finally to do the tourist thing. I’m not convinced that I’m too much a classical tourist. The Ring Fairly early (for me) on Wednesday morning, I took the Metro to the Palais… Read more »

July 8: Into the Fray, Le Champs Elysee

8 July 2008 To the left here is a pic I took at the bottom of the stairs going down to the Metro from the Chateau de Vincennes stop. A little old lady hobbled up to me on her two canes demanding to know whether or not I’d taken her picture, but no, unless she… Read more »

7 July — surprise laser surgery

So much excitement about going to Paris, fulfilling the beginning of a dream . . . of course, there had to be a dön (Buddhist term for “obstacle” or maybe fruition of a negative karmic situation) on the very day of my departure. In this case it was a detached retina. As said, I’d been… Read more »

July 7 Finally, in the air on my way to Paris

4:30, the taxi came to pick me up for the $50-trip to the airport (no share-a-cab, though that’s who I called, but not early enough to get the cheap rate). 7:30 pm boarded onto the French Corsair plane and at 8:30 we left. It was a “Jumbo” plane with nine seats across. Had a great… Read more »