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The view from the train traveling through France.
I cannot count how many times I have been to Paris, but every time I make it back, it amazes me more and more. Because of the exchange rate, I stayed at a hotel near the Gare St. Lazare. This was my first time in the area (8eme Arr.) and I was pleasantly surprised. It was within walking distance to the Opera House, close to the Place de la Madeleine, Place de Clichy, and walking distance to the Montmarte. It was a residential area intermingled with small clothing stores, patisseries, and small markets.

I arrived in Paris in the afternoon, after an uneventful ride on the Thalys train from Brussels. The only surprsie was that I was sitting in the first class cabin and paid for only a second class ticket. Oppps. Unfortunately, the conductor pointed this out and I had to pay an additional 50 Euros for the priviledge of not moving. Having to get up at 04:00 in Budapest to catch a plane to Milan and then having lunch in Brussels, I thought it was well worth it.

Checking into my hotel room, I wanted to go to sleep. I decided against it and instead wandered down to the Opera House. As I approached the main entrance, I noticed an unusual amount of policemen everywhere. On the steps of the Opera House, a protest was being held regarding I'm not sure what. So I sat around enjoying the views (of the building and people) and trying to figure out what the protesters were protesting about. As I was walking down the avenue, it started to sprinkle that turned into a torrential downpour!
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The view from the train traveling …
The view from the train traveling…
Inside the Printemps Magasine.
Inside the Printemps Magasine.
No one ever takes a picture from t…
No one ever takes a picture from …
The view along the Boulevard Hauss…
The view along the Boulevard Haus…
Back to the Opera House.
Back to the Opera House.
Say cheese.
Say cheese.
This was what they were protesting.
This was what they were protesting.
The policemen looking over the pro…
The policemen looking over the pr…
It really was raining really hard!
It really was raining really hard!
Me soaked to the bone.
Me soaked to the bone.
Even my shoes were soaked!
Even my shoes were soaked!
Paris
photo by: Sweetski