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Oh, Paris!

Published Wednesday, 18 July 2012 by Sydney Sunny

The best place to start is Notre Dame.

Another day in Paris, as the month June rolled along. The weather had been a little hot of the past few weeks as summer started to bloom. I was ready to try once again to go to the towers of Notre Dame.  I had longed to go up for so long but the lines are long too. Plus it is only weather permitting. Finally, there has been great weather! However, it did not hold out. The cloud crept in as I made plans and the wind blow cold.
When I met in Paris for my friends, the rain drops started to innocently fall on me. Why now?

Waiting in line for the towers gave interesting views of the side of the famous cathedral.

We did get in line for the Tower Tour (facing the front- the left), and we did wait for a wait but suddenly the rain poured from the heavens! I was distraught. The rain was miserable for me and my friends. I was the only one bent to go to the towers. So, I gave in. I hate rain, cold, and hunger.

The gargoyles perched on Notre Dame before their mouths because full of water.

So off we went, to the joy of the people behind us, to find a place to eat. We went to the Opera looking for some sushi. I have a deep love of sushi now and the Opera has a great selection for sushi, Japanese, or Korean food.

The Opera is always beautiful!

A funny situation unraveled when the boy ordered a bowl of white rice to accompany their sushi. They put a little shower of soy-sauce on the rice. Yumi, who is from Japan, laughed in surprise and amazement. She told them that it is considered rude to put soy-sauce on plain rice. I have heard of this but to see Yumi’s eye light up with the cultural difference made me smile.

Totoro watches and drools over the yummy sushi. There is cucumber,  avocado,  and pickled radish sushi.

Afterwards, we went to our favorite shops in the Bastille area, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, Les Fleurs, and Boddywood.
I only bought something from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright. I bought about 3 pairs of sock and, I think, a few other things.

The little store I talk of, 6 Rue de Keller, Les Fleurs.

I really want to talk about Les Fleurs. I think, it is the name of the store. It is located on Rue de Keller and number 6. The store is full of unique homemade things. It reminds me of a real Esty store location. There are elegant, cute, and fun things. I had my eye on a crystal collar, I fingered the clock necklaces and I laughed at the mustache necklaces.

A vintage scooter next to the store that I believe a worker owns.

Time was running short, and we wanted to use our all day metro tickets. So, we went to Montmartre. I hate walking up the stairs to the Sacre Coeur. The stairs have people sitting, performing, tieing things on your arm, touching you, and just being loud. The area is not a relaxing area. Also, the Sacre Coeur is beautiful but does not interest me as Gothic Cathedrals do.

Sarce Coeur sits on a hill and has a great view of Paris.

However, it was easier because my French friends were with me. They guided us though the men saleing bracelets and the people seated on the steps. Once in the artist district, we looked are the artist and shops. Marine and Yumi got some ice cream.

Nice cool ice cram is starting to melt by the time they have their pictures taken.

The graffiti is very interesting at Montmartre.

We parted for another time. I waited for my train and returned to Amiens, till next time.

There is nowhere to sit and wait for trains in Gare du Nord. I like to find a metal post in front of the train tracks.

 

A nice welcome back to Amiens.

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Spring at Last: Outside of Notre Dame d’Amiens

Published Monday, 14 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

The beginning of May started with a promise of spring, but there was a relapse of winter. The city and I had on light winter coats to stay warm in the cold, gray days. The gray days were horrible. There was always the fear of rain because of the pressing gray clouds, and the sun ran away with the moon. After 10 long gray days the sun came back and warmer weather too! I hope it stays!

Here are some pictures of the outside of Notre Dame d’Amiens in the Spring at the end of April when there was sun!

The west entrance lights up in the afternoon sunlight. It is a perfect spotlight. The center arch is the final judgement with Jesus in the middle.

I read in my little souvenir book, that the facade of the west entrance is narrow. It is true. The cathedral in Paris has huge bulky towers compared to Amiens’.

The southern entrance it my favorite view of the cathedral! The entrance has a road lined with classic European brick houses. The main entrance is interesting with all the heavy statuses and sturdy bell towers. However, the southern entrance is more simple. The window is the main focus, and it is like lace – airy.

One of my favorite things about Gothic cathedrals are the backsides or the east end. Most often the building started with the western fount, which is Romanesque. The west is heavy and bulky. However the back is the end of construction? The backsides are always very Gothic, airy, and light. Notre Dame d’Amiens is special because it has seven semi-circle areas (?). In the inside, the darkness of the back is lit up very dramatically and on the outside, the view is like small pillars of glass!

In the back there is a park. It is a nice little area to sit under the cathedral. I sat here and read a little of Harry Potter tome 3. It is a public park, so there are a lot of tourist and locals.

When you come to France make sure to see the famous monuments and support them! If you take a day trip to Amiens, give a euro to the cathedral! It is a wonderful  monument that needs to stand for many more years to come!

March into Spring

Published Wednesday, 21 March 2012 by Sydney Sunny

Yesterday was the official first day of Spring! That is very exciting!
I hope to have a post up soon about some great adventures I’ve had in Paris, but I am quite behind! Instead, I thought I would share my first day of Spring.
Yesterday was a little chilly but with a blue sky. I went to the library, the 2nd hand store, and Notre Dame d’Amiens.

Library Haul

The library in Amiens is very nice, at least to me. I have been lacking a great library where I live, so I love using it. Even though, I don’t check out many books, comics, or manga like when I first arrived in Amiens, I still love to go for the movies and CDs!
The selection of movies was not as good this time but I got a few good movies: Bright Star, HairSpray, Mes Voisins les Yamada (My Neighbors, the Yamadas– Studio Ghibli).
And for the CD’s, I got ton: Gone with the Wind, Forest Gump, True Grit, Walk the Line, West Side Story, and The Nutcracker.

In the 2nd hand store I went looking for Harry Potter. I lack only the last book to finish my collection of the Harry Potter series in French. I might have to pay full price in the end.

My Book haul!

Like always, I found something else instead of Harry Potter. I found a book in English! Innocent Traitor is a book I think I have wanted to read. It should be good. And also, I could not leave Le Cite de l’Ombre (The City of Umber) behind after I picked it up and could read it in French. My French reading skills are improving quickly! These books together came to the grand total of 3 Euros. I can afford that if I walk instead of using the bus this week – which I always do!

Nave of Notre Dame d'Amiens

The doors were wide open for the first time in a long time to welcome in the nice Spring air.

Because I was going to the library, I left my nice camera behind. But I took a few snap shots with my little camera!

Gothic Lolita: Princess d'Aujord'hui

Finally, I came back from my adventures to an another book! I ordered Gothic Lolita: Princess d’Aujord’hui illustrated by François Amoretti. This book, published in 2009, is old news for the lolitas in France, but it is new and exciting for me! I was so amazed to see a book dedicated to the fashion of lolita in a correct way! Also, François Amoretti seems quite famous in the lolita community in France! His art is whimsical in the book. I hope to make a nice review.
I learned today François Amoretti will be present at the Lolita Convention on Monday, July 9th. I hope I can meet him and have my book signed!

I hope to do more posts in the future! I am very much behind! ❤ Till then, Princesses