Tuesday, August 01, 2006


This will be the only post that I make that is unrelated to GSoC.

I have spent the last 4 days in Paris on my summer holiday.

I visited the Notre Dame Cathedral and was overwhelmed by the unbelievable architecture in the building. It was quite a spiritual experience, complete with a singing choir.

I visited Musee de Louvre and found their diverse collection of art fascinating. The Mona Lisa is not tiny, contrary to what many people say; the Venus de Milo was impressive, as was the whole collection of French sculpture; the Egyptian collection was fantastic, there was even a mummy! I could have spent days in the museum...

I went to the top of La Tour Eiffel and was almost sick when I looked down and saw high up that I was. There was no queue and I walked to the 2nd floor, which I regretted about half-way up! I also visited the Trocadero and took some photographs.

I met a friend and we had some coffee, sushi, and a bottle of Petit Chablis. The wine in France was fantastic and very well priced!

I didn't see L'Arc de Triomphe, which was disappointing.

I ate frogs legs, which have the same texture as chicken; fresh crepes which were amazing; far too many pain au chocolat; and drank lots of wine.

I will certainly go back to Paris - time and time again.


val1984 said...

It's nice that you liked Paris.
You didn't miss much by not visiting the Arc de Triomphe.
By the way, it's Musée du Louvre ;)

Desmond Elliott said...

Thanks for the correection ;) Paris really was great and I cannot wait until I get a chance to go back.

dand said...

I was there in May with my parents to visit my brother who was doing a study-abroad there. What a cool city, huh?

Next time, you should check out Sacré-Coeur from where you have an awesome view of Paris, and there's a nice Dalí museum hidden away down a side street.