My best memory of Paris is getting on the train not realizing that it was going back to the yard. It finally clicked in when the lights went out and the train had stopped. I pried the doors open and was lucky enough to get the driver. He did not speak english but he brought me to the front and drove me back in the train, picking up passengers on the way. He was a very nice man and helped me out of what could have been a very long nite.
Why men say lie......
One day, while a woodcutter was cutting a branch of a
tree above a river, his axe fell into the river. When
he cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "Why are
The woodcutter replied that his axe has fallen into
water. The Lord went down into the water and
reappeared with a golden axe.
"Is this your axe?" the Lord asked.
The woodcutter replied, "No."
The Lord again went down and came up with a silver
axe. "Is this your axe?" the Lord asked.
Again, the woodcutter replied, "No."
The Lord went down again and came up with an iron axe.
"Is this your axe?" the Lord asked.
The woodcutter replied, "Yes."
The Lord was pleased with the man's honesty and gave
him all three axes to keep, and the woodcutter went
One day while he was walking with his wife along the
riverbank, the woodcutter's wife fell into the river.
When he cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked
him, "Why are you crying?"
"Oh Lord, my wife has fallen into the water!"
The Lord went down into the water and came up with
Jennifer Lopez. "Is this your wife?" the Lord asked.
"Yes," cried the woodcutter.
The Lord was furious. "You cheat! That is an untruth!"
The woodcutter replied, "Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It
is a misunderstanding. You see, if I said 'no' to
Jennifer Lopez, You will come up with Catherine
Zeta-Jones. Then if I also say 'no' to her, You will
thirdly come up with my wife, and I will say 'yes,'
and then all three will be given to me. But Lord, I am
a poor man and I will not be able to take care of all
three wives, so *that's* why I said yes this time."
The moral of the story is whenever a man lies it is
for an honourable and useful reason !!
Seeing the Fireworks
December 31, 2004: New Year's Eve
This was my first Parisian New Year's Eve and I was determined to view the fireworks which originated from the Place de la Concorde/Tuileries Gardens area in 2004. It's usually held at the Eiffel Tower.
If you want a very good unobstructed view of the fireworks, go to the Pont Au Double and the Place du Parvis which is the square that's in front of Notre Dame.
Weddings in Paris
Paris is the symbol of light, the capital of romance, the centre of attraction of Europe.
What could be more romantic than a wedding in Paris?
If you are planning to marry in Paris ( just remember : French law requires that before a wedding ceremony takes place in a church in France, you need to have proof of a civil marriage) - you will have a great variety of choises : from the cruise on a river-boat to the hottest restaurants the city has to offer, from elegant private palaces to temples of haute cuisine....
If you are not planning to marry in Paris... oh well... in any case you will meet lots of "Just married" couples from entire world in Paris.
A true pioneer of French & World cinema!
Ok, so, let's go back to your college cinema appreciation class, the one you signed up for enthusiastically because you thought it'd just require you to watch movies & there'd be no extra work, you'd breeze thru it, right? (Ah, what fools we were in college...) So one of the movies that you may have seen might have been "A Trip to the Moon." You know the iconic image; a moon w/a friendly face that's suddenly hit in the eye w/what looks like a bullet (it's actually a spacecraft). The film's director, Georges Melies was a pioneer of special effects in film, the man almost singlehandedly invented trick photography, watch some of his work & you'll see what I mean.
Melies is buried in Pere Lachaise cemetery. You might be stopping by there anyway to see the grave of the guy who's become, at least to every American visitor, the most well-known of the cemetery's residents, Jim Morrison. That's fine, I was on a quest to see Jim's grave myself & I did. I can't really direct anyone to Melies from Jim's grave but here's the way I got there:
Use the entrance near the Pere Lachaise Metro. You'll be on the Ave de l'Ouest. Go straight up to the i/sect of the Ave Circulaire & turn left. Walk up the Ave Circulaire until you get to the monument of the Soldats du Siege de Paris. At that corner, turn left & walk in about 1-2 rows. Turn left again & look for the grave in the photo I've attached to this tip, it has Melies' bust atop. I think he resembled Lenin.
I'd also recommend paying a few euros & buying a more detailed map from a vendor outside the entrance I mentioned above - the map given at the cemetery office is really poor quality. Also, the staff are unwilling to help tourists & there's a sign in the office stating this emphatically. Best way around is w/a tour guide; the cemetery is like a maze of chapel-topped graves, beautiful winding aves & chemins & unmarked pathways.
But it's also the type of place I'd LIKE to get lost in for a few hrs!