Sunday, November 29, 2009

Saturday in Paris

Just thought I'd try to keep a little journal of my trip.  We'll see how long this lasts.  Anyway, I landed at Charles de Gaulle at about 6:30am on Saturday morning and took the RER to Bourg-la-Reine to stay with Gael and Emmanuelle.  Here is the entrance to where I am staying:

And the view from my window:

Once I arrived I took a short nap and then went out with Gael to hunt and gather in the market above the passage he lives on.  Here are a two pictures I took at the local market (they had all kinds of things, but cheese and meat are, of course, the things that attracted me most):

We also went into a store called frozen food store called Picard:

After lunch, Gael and I headed to Paris.  Over the last five years, I've tried to visit the catacombs numerous times.  Unfortunately, every time I've visited, they've been closed.  This time turned out to be no different.  The picture on the left is Gael standing in front of the entrance to the catacombs (you can see a sign on the door, which states that they will be closed for the next month) and the picture on the right is of the road behind me:

Since I couldn't visit the catacombs, we decided to head to the Montmarte district to walk around for the afternoon.  Here are a couple of pictures of the Sacre Coeur at the summit of Montmarte:

I forgot to take pictures for the rest of the day, but after Montmarte we headed back to the Latin Quarter to spend a couple hours talking about the SciPy proceedings (which we hope to finish today) in a cafe with wireless internet.  And we grabbed an early dinner at 8pm with Emmanuelle and a couple of colleagues from Neurospin.

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