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2010-05-07 16:59:11
You were lucky !
2010-05-07 04:39:30
Not the time to answer you tonight: we have a surprise visit. ( Idem for GTM). We lived in the city "at the top of the hill" behind and above le Bois de Boulogne : Saint-Cloud.
2010-05-07 04:05:39
Parisiens always had the reputation for being rude to tourists, and they were at one time. I have never experienced it myself..except with one very unpleasant waiter on my 2008 trip. During my trips, I purposely spoke English with Parisiens to see if they deserved their bad reputation. A while back, the government of Paris had spent a lot of money on ads etc warning Parisients that if tourists started to stay away, the economy would suffer. Perhaps, they got the message....or I was just lucky.
2010-05-07 04:00:28
I know that Paris empties by the first Monday in August. The railways and roads are to be avoided at that time ;-). As for weather, it's generally better in August than July - less rain, but very hot. When I was in Paris in 1976, I made the mistake of taking the train on Sunday, August 1, to go to Vierzon/Bourges. We had reserved seats; but when we got on the train, we were lucky to have a space to stand...with our luggage. We met a lot of Parisiens on the trip - lots of fun, lots of laugh. They had brought food and wine and shared them with us. Were you living near the Lacs Supérieur and Inférieur? I was there. I always associate Le Bois de Boulogne with the Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson - they had their home in the Bois de Boulogne.
2010-05-07 01:09:26
It's been reported that during the recent no-fly period following the Icelandic ash cloud problem there were so few foreign tourists in Paris that the people there had to resort to insulting each other .
2010-05-06 17:57:53
jujuba, thanks for your "thanks" ! And the previous comment was for Connie : i don't know why it comes on "reply" to you ...
2010-05-06 17:54:39
it is not a problem of weather, Connie. August is most often very hot. It is only a problem of "people". Most people start((s) in holidays in August. And Paris, like the other capitals, are almost empty in August. Less people, less cars, less noise, less stress, and so on. I lived on the hill behind and above Le Bois de Boulogne : I was very lucky to live there. I am living/have lived in Loire Valley since 2003. In a small village. Big trees, fresh air, big garden, flowers, birds, butterflies, and ABOVE ALL : NO NOISE. I miss only Paris for its "Grandes Expositions", its big exhibitions.
2010-05-06 14:36:53
It´s´pretty cool...you can see the monuments in such good details!
2010-05-06 14:04:00
Libellule & Jujuba - I discovered that site when I tripped on Arnaud Frich Photography site. He has beautiful regular and panorama photos of Paris!
2010-05-06 13:54:20
@ libellule: Excellent website, really interesting! You can actually 'visit' any street and place in Paris :-) I wish they´d do the same kinda thing with other cities around the world... Thanks for sharing it ! :-)
2010-05-06 12:24:57
I always knew that generally the weather in Europe is better in August - the same for Vancouver. I have a cousin who lives in the suburb of Creteil and another one in the suburb of Yerres. I meant to walk around le Bois de Boulogne last summer, but never found the time. Do you still live in the Loire Valley - near where another one of my cousins lives?
2010-05-06 06:51:53
Yes, Connie : I understood Fritz was making fun. But we - French people from "la Province" ( = coming from out/outside of Paris, and I was born in Loire Valley ) - use to say : " Paris serait très bien sans les Parisiens" ! ( = Paris would be very well without the Parisians ). It is very near of : "Paris would be a much more pleasant place to visit if there were not so many Frenchmen there ." By experience, to visit Paris - or London, or Roma, or NY, or Athens, and so on, it is to say the main capitals -, the main month is August. ----------- And I do insist : If you like to travel ... in your armchair : visit Paris with : it is wonderful ... --- We have spent 35 years in the western suburbs of Paris. Near "le Bois de Boulogne" : do you know it ?
2010-05-06 04:50:41
Libellule - I think that perhaps Fritz was making fun of Frenchmen. I didn't know you had lived in Paris. Did you leave a long time ago?
2010-05-05 18:49:42
I have lived for more than 30 years in Paris : I agree with you !
2010-05-05 04:28:23
Someone once said "Paris would be a much more pleasant place to visit if there were not so many Frenchmen there ."
2010-05-05 04:10:41
Paris, in "gigapixels" :
2010-05-05 03:58:45
The photo was taken from the Arch de Triomphe. You get a better view from the Arch than the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is better to view all of Paris, its suburbs... Paris is beautiful because of its history, streets and buildings, but from the Tower you can't appreciate that; it's just a bunch of buildings with their rooftops. Some cities are more beautiful to view from very high up; for example Vancouver because it is surrounded by mountains, ocean, islands, sounds, inlets etc.
2010-05-04 17:25:21
thank you very much Coy.
2010-05-04 00:39:32
Great photo juanra. I like it a lot.