Nov12

Written by:Driper
Thursday, November 12, 2009 

Well we have had a two week break since a visit from Jenni and Ryan (friends from Australia). It was a whirlwind two week visit which was predominantly filled with eating, drinking and sleep. It all started innocently enough. I took the day off to meet them, they arrive after a 24 hour flight, we find our selves in a pub by midday. We hop from pub to pub until Freda joins us at about 5pm. The pattern continues till Friday morning when we get on the Eurostar to go to Paris (well there was some sleep in there somewhere).

Well we have had a two week break since a visit from Jenni and Ryan (friends from Australia). It was a whirlwind two week visit which was predominantly filled with eating, drinking and sleep. It all started innocently enough. I took the day off to meet them, they arrive after a 24 hour flight, we find our selves in a pub by midday. We hop from pub to pub until Freda joins us at about 5pm. The pattern continues till Friday morning when we get on the Eurostar to go to Paris (well there was some sleep in there somewhere).


Drinking on the Eurostar


Still requiring a drink we grab the little vodka bottles and some orange (4 of each for 25 euro, ouch). On the way back we managed to get a full bottle and a few liters of orange juice for the same price, somehow we managed to finish that too. We enjoy the journey across with a few card games and at one stage I check my phone/GPS which tells me we are doing 300km/h. Wow.
We arrive in Paris and for convenience grab a taxi from the Eurostar to our apartment where Rhiannon (another friend from Australia but currently living in Paris) and the apartment manager meet us. Freda does an excellent job of explaining where we are going (not in French).
We arrive at the apartment and it is perfect, nice large place (which we later discover is unheard of in Paris) with a balcony, kitchen and generally well maintained place. We had all hoped to stay with Rhiannon but after seeing the size of places in Paris we all understood why that wasn't possible. Rhiannon takes us out and about for a bite to eat and we find our selves only a kilometer from our apartment eating some of the best meals we have had in some time. The best quiche I have ever had I think (sorry girls).
We wander around a bit, through the little coble stone streets. We see a vineyard in the middle of town which is a clearly out of place but none the less interesting. We of course having had our planner (Rhiannon) set out everything manage to squeeze seeing all the important sights in including Notre Dame Cathedral, The Eiffle Tower, The Lourve, Arc de Triomphe ,the Sacre Coeur and Montmartre. Keeping in mind we were only in Paris for a few days I was impressed to have seen all this.


The four of us infront of the Eiffle TowerJenni and Ryan

Site seeing in Paris Site seeing in Paris


Freda and I will go back for a more leisurely tour in our upcoming trip around Europe but it was a good intro to Paris. Unfortunately on our second day in Paris it rained so we all had to get an umbrella, unfortunately when Ryan and I went to get Absinthe later that day I forgot to take it with me. I had my $40 umbrella for a day, oh well. The Absinthe shop was awesome though. I enquired as to the age old story of the hallucinogenic wood worm and the ban of Absinthe in some countries (well rumor has it). The connoisseur of Absinthe (guy behind the counter) explains that this is a myth, Absinthe has never had such a hallucinogen. He does however confirm that it was a Croatian twist to shoot Absinthe with a cube of sugar as opposed to the original method of dripping water into a glass of Absinthe.


Rhiannon enjoys the Absinthe


Rhiannon had her birthday while we were in Paris which was a good excuse to party while we were there. We had to start the night with Absinthe. Rhiannon had attempted to book a place for the occasion which she said was a bit more like a bar as according to her most of the night spots in Paris are more like a hotel bar at which you are expected to sit and have a chat with the people you attended with, very closed. The place Rhiannon had attempted to book indicated that they didn't take bookings and wouldn't let in loads of people, we had decided we would attempt to get in as small groups to solve the issue which they had said should be ok. On arrival we were told the entire place had been booked out for 5,000 pounds for the night and no one was allowed in at all. We were obviously a little unhappy with this and as we voiced our unhappiness with how we had clearly been mislead, as we did this we were told we shouldn't make to much noise for our own safety. Personally I wasn't sure if it was a threat or he was just loopy. Eventually it was explained that the neighbors in the units above throw plants, glasses etc down on to the street if there is to much noise. I had noticed that we as a group were clearly the loudest people in all of Paris even when it was just the 5 of us. Eventually we move on to another place which prior to our arrival was basically empty but is now full.


We fill the top level of the club and later the bottom


We party through the night to some slightly tribal beats, knock back a million Mojitos and eventually go home. We get back to London and leaving aside a short break when Jenni and Ryan go to Sweden to see family we spend most of the rest of the time shopping or partying. Elwin, Connor, Meg, Saskia and Paul join us here and there and we have a blast. We visit many local pubs and clubs and take a shopping expedition to Camden Town. There was even some acrobatics in there somewhere.


Saskia does some acrobatics Freda poorly follows


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