Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel 

While not as well known as Disneyland Paris, the second most visited sight in France is the grand Mont Saint-Michel.  This magnificent abbey is located on a rocky island half a mile offshore, and use to be cut off at high tides.  People have died crossing at the wrong time!

Located over 200 miles away from Paris (4 hours drive) you can expect limited transportation options.  At first I was consider taking the train & bus, but the time schedules would be too tight.  Fortunately I ended up finding a tour bus service at http://www.cityrama.com/visit-french-provinces/visit-mont-saint-michel-on-your-own/4A317.html for the same cost.  The schedule worked out as a one full day trip:

  • 7~11am: Paris to Mont Saint-Michel
  • 11-5pm: wander around!
  • 5~9pm: Mont Saint-Michel to Paris

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery (20th arrondissement) is the largest cemetery in Paris, covering over 100 acres.  It is reputed to be the world’s most-visited cemetery, with graves of the famous including Chopin, Proust, Colette, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde.  Needless to say, it had to be an epic cemetery.

I couldn’t have picked a better day to visit the cemetery — it was cloudy and cold.  As I wondered alone through the empty cemetery, I could not help but visualize zombies and monsters slowly crawling out of the graves.  Gathering courage and continuing onward, my fears and imagination eventually faded, and I began to realize each grave around me was a reminder of a life.  I wondered to God what mark will my life leave behind…will it just be a tombstone, or something more?

Anyway, take some time and try to capture that feeling from the photos below.  Be warned, some are pretty scary!

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A quick tour of Paris

This post will give a quick tour of Paris!  The city is divided in 20 arrondissements: the first one is in the center, the following ones spiral outwards in a clock-wise direction. Most of the famous tourist attractions can be found in the first 8 arrondissements.

Even though the overnight train from Germany into Paris was rough, we begin at the Gare de l’Est (East train station):

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Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, built in 1889 and named after its designer Gustave Eiffel, has become a global icon of France. It may be a touristy place to visit, but it is well worth it, especially at night as you will soon see! Below are pictures of the tower from the three visits I made — one where I actually ran up to the second floor! Exhausting~! but oh so worth it!

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