From the archives: Weekend in Paris

Le map et le petit déjeuner.

Okay, that’s all the French I know! Give me a break!  These are some old photos from a brief trip to Paris last year (June 2010).  D*rek’s favorite food of all time is a simple French breakfast: croissant and cafe.  I’d much rather prefer spam, fried eggs and fried rice or eggs benedict, haha.  We started off the day with some breakfast and then hit the maps to see which POIs we wanted to hit up during our short visit.  D*erek being the vacation planner and tour guide, had all the ins and outs to navigating the bustling streets of gay Paris!

Notre Dame.

Here’s a great shot I got from below the gates of Notre Dame.  The weather was gorgeous – not too hot and not too cold.  Walking around the city and taking snap shots left and right was so much fun.  Earlier, D*rek and I polished off a bottle of champagne in one of the nearby parks – if only I could do this every single day!  The champagne bottle exploded onto my shirt (I must have been cheerfully skipping on the way to the park with the bottle in my backpack).  A petite old French madame let out a shriek of laughter when she saw me covered in spirits.  C’est la vie!?  The baguette we scarfed down didn’t quite stick to my stomach as much as  I had hoped and I was a drunk tourist for the rest of the afternoon.  Later on, I stumbled into a random technical university desperately searching for a toilet to relieve myself. “Où sont les toilettes?”  A friendly janitor showed me the way to the nearest restroom and was a gentleman about my obvious inebriation and flushed Asian red face (maybe this wasn’t the first time it’s happened to him?).

Metro.

The Paris public transportation system is amazing!  Why can’t the United States improve urban public transit?

Summer twilight.

Flying to Montreal…

This is an old photo I took while flying from Chicago to Montreal in May 2009 via Porter Airlines (flying refined!) with my Canon XS.  Porter is a fun airline with great perks: complimentary wine/beer, smoked almonds, biscuits and bottles of water!  I was fortunate enough to travel with Yan, a semi-Canadian native, who graduated from McGill University and Allison, a full-fledged Irish girl.  Yan was able to take us to all the best POIs, eateries and shops.  I would recommend traveling to Montreal if you want the experience and foreign flair of a European city within arms reach of the lower 48.  However, truth be told, Montreal is its own city, with its own unique culture and identity not to be passed off as the Paris of Canada.  The food, shopping, nightlife and siteseeing are top notch.  Oh, and try the poutine! Yum.