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FRANCE -11/9- GOOD-BY FRANCE

(2010-02-12)

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DSC00559.jpgI called it ‘a cab’, but it wasn’t a cab.
It was a pick-up service to the airport, so it was cheaper than a cab.
There was no passenger except me, I felt sorry about it.

The road to the airport was a little crowded but I got there early enough.

The airport of Paris is dark….
I have expected that the airport was modern, so I was a little disappointed.
A guy at a counter was NOT polite.
She seemed she didn’t like her job.

I checked in, bought some souvenirs to my co-workers, and wasted time at a special room for Business Class passengers.
A woman at the VIP room was really friendly and polite.
She has a good smile and beautiful.
Sometimes Japanese people are too polite, so I sometimes can’t feel their humanism, but she gave me a real service.

I got on an air plane.
A cabin attendant was Korean.
She said that her Japanese was not so good and she felt sorry about it.
However, she was very polite and worked hard.
I like her attitude.
The flight was comfortable. I watched movies, played video games, and enjoyed eating.
The Business Class meals were very very delicious.
They used not only first class foods but also first class plate wares.
Using this stuff made me happy, and I felt I was a special person.

Of course, I read some books which I had bought in France.
My heart was still in France.

The Business Class Seat was excellent.

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I arrived at Soule. They had a shower booth, so I took a shower. Taking a shower made me refresh.
They had good smell soap, so I felt really happy.
The last flight was only a few hours.
I arrived at Kansai International Airport at 20:50

I was a Business class passenger, so I could leave the airplane soon.
When I passed the immigration booth, my baggage was just coming out.

I called my father, got on a bus, and got back to my apartment.
My long trip has done….
But I still have good and bad memories of this trip.
I don’t think I will take such a long trip anymore, so I keep these memories in my mind, and bring it even if I die.
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FRANCE -11/9- THE LAST DESSERT

(2010-02-11)
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I got tired. There were many steep streets there…
So, I took a break at a café.
This was the last ‘dessert’ in France, so I chose the café seriously.
I chose one of them.
A man played the cello at the entrance.
It was romantic.
I took the seat of the outside.
I thought I had become Prisienne.
The outside seats were covered with green leaves.
It wasn’t too cold, so I looked at and enjoyed the views from the café.
This is my last dessert in Paris.
I don’t remember what I ate…
I ate a pudding, a chocolate, a pie, and …etc.
I enjoyed those special sweets and atmosphere.
It was one of the most impressive memories in France.

Afterwards, I looked around this area again, bought a cup and saucer, and got back to the hotel.

A cab picked me up at the hotel.
I said good-by to the hotel owner and left Paris.

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FRANCE -11/9- DALI

(2010-02-10)
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I looked around this area again, and visited some famous sight seeing spots.
Montmartre is a really cute town. So, looking around this town was a big fun.

I went to the Dali museum.
I wasn’t interested in Dali but I wanted to go to a restroom.
Just after I bought a ticket, I rushed to the restroom.
And then, I looked at his works.

Do you know his work?
Before I went there, I had no particular image of his works.
His works were fresh but hard to understand.
But after I saw his works, I changed my minds.
I thought I had known only one part of his works.
His works were very interesting and not hard to understand.
He made many cute items, as watches, cups, jewelries, and they are really cute.
I want to buy some of them.
I think he is a great artist.

After I was satisfied with Dali, I looked around Montmartre again.
There were many shops for tourists, so I looked at each shop.
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FRANCE -11/9- KECHI-KECHI

(2010-02-09)
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Afterwards, I went up this temple.
You can go the top of this temple.
There are 300 steps to get the top.
I couldn’t expect if the 300-step was too many or not.
Anyway, I went up.

I sometimes stopped and took pictures.
It was cloudy, so I couldn’t see beautiful views.
But the scenes from the top were really interesting.
I could see cars and people as a miniature.
And I could see the carvings really close to me.
Those carvings seemed like they protected the temple.

I looked around this area afterwards.

At Place du Tertre is very famous. Many artists gather at this area, and ask tourist if the tourist want the artists to draw their pictures.

A couple of artists asked me the same thing. I said no.
So, one of them said to me, ‘kechi-kechi’.
I don’t know who taught him such a terrible Japanese word.

Even if there are too many tourists and too many strange artists, this area is exciting.
I felt like I was a part of Utrillo pictures.

There are many galleries in this area.
I entered one of them because they had many beautiful pictures.
The other galleries’ pictures seemed like pictures for tourists.
But this gallery had their original works.
I found many beautiful pictures.
I talked with a man at the gallery.
He was a painter.
I asked him if he had other job, and he said no.
I was surprised that he made his living by paintings.
He showed me his works. I liked his pictures and I wanted to buy them, but I bought other pictures.
They were expensive for me, but I wanted to buy them for a memory of this trip.

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FRANCE -11/9- Basilique de Acre-Coeur

(2010-02-08)
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On the 9th.
It was the last day in France.
I was sad…

I ate breakfast in my room. It was one of the hotel services.
Afterward, I went to ask the owner if they kept my luggage while I was looking around Montmartre.

She was talking to a visitor.
I listened to their talk.
I think the visitor had come to the wrong hotel.

There were two ‘Hotel Ermitage’ in Paris, and the other one was more popular than this one.
When I came here, I showed the driver not only the name of the hotel but also their address.
The customer asked the owner if they could stay at this hotel, but the owner said they didn’t accept a credit card, and then the visitors left the hotel.


I left the hotel and looked around this area.

I stayed in Montmartre.
This area is famous for art.
Many artists lived in this area and dreamed their successes.

First, I visited Basilique de Acre-Coeur.
It is built on a hill, so you can see this temple from every where in Paris.

This temple was started to build in 1876.
They needed about 40 years to build it.
It was built for soldiers and people who died at the Franco-Prussian War and the commune’s civil commotion in Paris.
The ceiling was too high.
You can see the beautiful carvings and pictures.
And I could feel a sacred atmosphere.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t take pictures; I just looked around this temple.

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FRENCE -MY IMPRESSION- HOTEL AND ETC..

(2010-02-07)
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Towns in French are beautiful, too.
There are many statues, greens, and wide streets.
When I visited there, it was a falling leaves season.
So, I saw golden streets. I can not tell you how beautiful they were.
Any buildings seemed to have long histories and people make an effort to preserve those buildings.

As I have already said, foods in France are excellent.
Especially bread.
I will never forget their bread.
It is not only crispy but also soft
And its smell!!
Fresh baked bread is the best food in the world.

I visited some French restaurants in France.
My favorite one is…. Ummm,
I cannot choose the best one.
The restaurants in Avignon, the Rabbit restaurant in Paris, the restaurant in the hotel in Marseille, the last restaurant which I ate in Paris… all restaurants were very good.
I want to visit all of them one more time!!!
One thing I have studied in France is that if you want to go to a good restaurant, you should book advance.

And there are many sweets shop in France!!!
Their sweets are very beautiful, so they please the eye.
Looking at show window was a big fun for me…
Sweets sometimes seem like valuable jewelries.
I still can see the scene of those sweets shops…

Finding a good hotel was really difficult for us.
We didn’t have enough information about it, so we had no idea except browsing at the internet.
My favorite hotels are Ermitage in Paris and l’atelier in Avignon.
Both hotels have long history and the interior decorations are really cute.
Their breakfasts are excellent and the owners are very friendly.

I don’t know why, but many bathrooms don’t have a shower curtain.
So, you have to care about not splashing water.
And a good point of all of the hotels is that they have a brush at the bathroom.
So, if you stain in a toilet, you can clean it up.
It is really convenient.

One surprising thing is that all of hotels prepare high quality toilet paper.
They used soft and beautiful toilet paper.
I like these kinds of service.


I love France.

Only one bad thing is that living prices are higher than Japanese.
When I realized, the inside of my wallet was empty…
If the living cost is cheaper, I definitely live in France.



FRANCE -MY IMPRESSION- PEOPLE

(2010-02-06)
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What is your image of French people???
Before I went there, my image wasn’t good.
One reason is that….
I have studied French twice and both teachers were too strict.
They sometimes raised their voices and yelled at me.
So, I didn’t like them.
And another reason is that I heard that French people didn’t speak English even if they could.
I thought they had too much high pride…

But my expectation was wrong.
Almost all of people were very polite.
I like French people.
Of course, almost all of them who touched me had some kinds of business between them and me.
So, they have to be polite.
Even though, I like them.
They gave me a human touch.
It was beyond a wall between our languages and our positions.

I visited several cities in France and characteristics of them were completely different.
People in South are breezy and people in north are a little shy.
I prefer people in south but I like both.
French people aren’t big. The size of their body is the same as Japanese people. And ladies are beautiful.
French children are cute, too. They are quiet, and don’t run around in a train. They have full foreheads. I wanted to touch their foreheads.
Cats and dogs are cute, too. They are quiet and clever. They seemed they loved French people.
I like animals (include people) in France.


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