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In-Seine Eiffel “Flowers”

This Frenchman built a miniature replica of Paris with recycled trash!

My 16 year-old daughter and I are going to Paris in a few weeks. I know it sounds extravagant, but I’ve been saving for 8 years (since my first visit to Paris) for her sixteenth birthday so we could have a special mother/daughter right of passage trip.
So, in preparation for my trip I’ve been reading a lot of French blogs. I have really enjoyed reading international blogs and news, for that matter. I did just finish a year long study of the French language as part of my Liberal Arts degree that I am working towards, so I think I have a modicum grasp of the language so as not to embarrass myself too badly.
My term project for my French class was to make a journal with at least ten articles that were in French that you then translated; looked up words you wanted to learn and then used them in proper sentences. It was very interesting to read what the French speaking newspapers and blogs have to say about our country. Not as bad as you think, but definitely critical about a few things-especially the politics.
Here is one of my favorite French blogs. She has some good ideas if you are planning a trip to Paris.

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posted June 9, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Bon voyage. (Couldn’t resist).
I had wanted to visit Quebec for my 40th (and their 400th) birthday … but I couldn’t make it happen last month. :-(
Just so’s you know enough French to order food and get fresh towels … that sort of thing.
Happy voyage.

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posted June 9, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Say “Bon Jour” to Asterix for me. If you don’t know Asterix, then check out his many books – they are great! He is a significant character for the French (and much of Europe), to the point that McDonalds let Ronald have a rest so Asterix et. al. could serve as spokesperson for their kids meals.

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Michele McGinty

posted June 9, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Now, everyone please take note that it’s Susan that’s going to Paris not me. It would take me a lot longer than 8 years to save to go to Paris :-) We are taking the cheap way out and going to Montreal (though, by the time we’re done with train tickets and hotel rooms, I’m not sure it will be very cheap).

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posted June 9, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Yeah, we know it’s the Reformed Chick who’s studying French.
“Flowers,” “Tower” … I just got it! Beats Holyland Hotel.

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Charles Cosimano

posted June 9, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Considering the real Paris was built with recycled trash, it seems highly appropriate.

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Jim Davis

posted June 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Good stuff, Enjoy yourselves!!
Don’t forget to smell the roses and flowers.
Have some delivered to your room!
Have Fun

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