Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Oh To Be In Paris (Part III)

Last time I wrote up on Paris, I forgot to mention these things:
  • A lot of people in Paris have bikes, aka motorcycles, compared to Canada. Of course, this makes a lot of sense because in Canada it would be very dangerous to ride a bike with the frequent snowing that occurs in the winter, which lasts quite a while. Whereas, in France, or at least in Paris, it barely snows. Today, I saw a very nice Peugeot bike. I didn't even know that Peugeot made bikes but I most definitely liked the one I saw today.
  • When I was in Quebec, one of my friends had housemates who were all from France. These housemates of hers used to gripe about the price of wine in Canada. They swore that they could buy wine for $3CDN. I didn't really believe that they actually sold wine so cheap in France especially considering that one Euro is 150% of the value of a Canadian dollar.
    Until I got here. Lo and behold, it is indeed possible to buy a bottle of wine for 1.50Euros which is actually less than $3!!! In fact, alcoholic drinks are generally very cheap. I bought a huge bottle of Sangria for 1.50Euros at the supermarket the other day. Also, when you go to restaurants or pubs, the price of a glass of wine is oh so much cheaper than a glass of water or non-alcoholic drink. My parents were not lying when they warned me that the French don't drink water (thus implying that they're more likely to drink wine than water).
  • On my bus ride to and from work, there is a point, when the bus goes over some bridge-whose-name-is-unknown-to-me, where I have an excellent view of the Eiffel Tower and the mini-Statue of Liberty. I get the view of the tower in the daylight on my way to work and a lit up view of it in the night on my way from work. Magnifico!
    The first time I was passing over the bridge and my eyes wondered downward until I saw the mini-Statue of Liberty, I was a bit surprised. While I knew that the French were the ones that gave the Statue of Liberty as a present to the US, I didn't know that they had a miniature version of it in the Seine River.

3 comments:

Dumdad said...

Hi,

I saw your comment on my blog about dog poo (nice subject!). C'est vrai, unfortunately, but Paris is covered with the stuff. At least in Paris they clean the pavements every day; here in the banlieue it is not as often and, for example, coming back from school with my daughter we have to dodge the poo.

Have you read A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke? It's worth a read and dog poo features!

Case No. 3KY687p said...

What a treat that you can see the Eiffel tower on the way to and from work! These are the little rewards of a hard day at work....

Here, it's rather the White House and Washington Monument I see on my way to and from campus. The tower and the house. The statue and the monument. Be sure to take pictures of these little things.

Case No. 3KY687p said...

What a treat that you can see the Eiffel tower on the way to and from work! These are the little rewards of a hard day at work....

Here, it's rather the White House and Washington Monument I see on my way to and from the university. The tower and the house. The statue and the monument. Be sure to take pictures of these little things.