9 juillet

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the line for the catacombs
Bonjour!
I apologize for my severe lack of update in the past few days. I've been busy with class and stuff, and just have been absolutely exhausted at the end of the day every day. It is almost nine pm right now, and I'm bone tired. As for why, that will be in the section for today 9 July.

5 July-
Saturday, Marie and I went to the catacombs. It is a network of underground tunnels which houses millions of bones originally buried in the cemetaries of Paris. Around the late 1800's, most of the cemeteries were full or starting to fill up and a decision was made to empty them of old bodies so that the new ones had a place to go. There was a disused rock quarry (where there had been several accidents a few decades before) and so they put the bodies there. It is amazing; there are stacks and stacks of bones at least 4.5 feet high (many taller than Marie, who is 5'4" and even a few taller than me at 5'9"!) and several feet deep as well. Pictures are up on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2246616&l=a1ed3&id=7017887

6 July-
Sunday, Marie and I went to the Louvre again because, on the first Sunday of the month, it is free.
Entrée des Catacombes
We started where we left off Friday, with continuing the ancient Middle Eastern world and also saw some 17th and 18th century French sculptures. Some pictures are here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2246837&l=d0514&id=7017887
The sculptures didn't fit in that album however, so I will have to make another one for them (which I haven't done yet).

7 July-
On Monday, I went to class and then after that, a friend of mine named Brittany, who is on UPC with me at Auburn and is also studying in Paris with another program, met up in the afternoon to hang out.
Stop! this is the empire of the dead!
We went to a café by the Louvre called Angelina's and it was really expensive (I just got a dessert and it was 5.50 Euros) but it was soooooo good! The dessert I got was this thing with two "buns" of almond-covered/roasted cake, with delicious custard between them. It was rather tasty. I got back to the dorm after hanging out with Brittany, and found out Marie got ripped off by the nuns. They charged her 8 euros for ONE load of laundry!! I was going to do laundry before I found that out (no way I was going to after that, at least not until my load was bigger!) so I went to get detergent at Monoprix (the local chain grocery store) and washed a couple shirts in the sink. One turned out fine, but the other may not have gotten the soap completely out. Anyway, it was a pain in the ass to do, so I did what any sane person would do and bought more clothes (lol) the next day.

8 July-
Which leads to my Tuesday, which was rather uneventful except that I had my first class for le français orale and it was okay, although boring and kinda tedious (listened to lots of tapes). We have to give a 4-5 minute oral presentation either the 15th or the 22nd (mine is the 22nd) and I am not happy. I can barely give a speech in english, much less in french! Also, during lunch and after class, Marie and I went shopping at Esprit and H&M and I totally got pants that were originally 70 euros for 20.
ooh skulls
98. What a freakin' steal, right?? Also, at H&M I got 2 shirts for 9.90 euros (two-pack), some sunglasses, and a 7-pack of socks. Altogether it wasn't too bad at all.

9 July-
Found out that I have a test tomorrow in my M-F class (thanks for letting us know NOW, prof!) and also we have hw due tomorrow in that class, and I have hw in my Thursday afternoon class which I have no idea about (supposed to write a poem or something? I can't even write english poetry!) That class is too advanced for me, but I only have 3 more classes of it (it's only on Thursday afternoons) so I'll deal, I guess. This afternoon, Marie and I finally went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and it was an adventure, that's for sure! We got in line for tickets, but didn't realize til an hour in that we were in the line for stairs only! We climbed 30 floors to the second level (where you then take an elevator to the very top). Fortunately, we had this huge group of like 14-15 year old British girls in front of us for entertainment, and also some French boys dancing tecktonik (check it out on Youtube, it's hilarious: http://youtube.com/watch?v=4zU_jMAXeok&feature=related ) whom the British girls yelled to at one point: "Ooh baby take it off!" and embarrassed the poor kid.
rows of skulls

Pictures of our ascent to the top are on facebook here:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2248259&l=0f193&id=7017887

Now, I have to go study for my test tomorrow and finish uploading the rest of my pictures from today to that album (facebook hates me). No idea really what the rest of the week holds except that we are going Sunday to Giverny to see Monet's estate!

Update soon for the rest of the week!
Au revoir,
Kaylin
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the line for the catacombs
the line for the catacombs
Entrée des Catacombes
Entrée des Catacombes
Stop! this is the empire of the de…
Stop! this is the empire of the d…
ooh skulls
ooh skulls
rows of skulls
rows of skulls
all of the stacks of bones were at…
all of the stacks of bones were a…
some guy brought a flashlight to g…
some guy brought a flashlight to …
Le canard dit coin coin! hehehe
Le canard dit "coin coin!" hehehe
the medieval section of the louvre…
the medieval section of the louvr…
in the dungeon cells!
in the dungeon cells!
dice and dominoes from the medieva…
dice and dominoes from the mediev…
cuneiform writing from ancient Per…
cuneiform writing from ancient Pe…
a vase with a face!
a vase with a face!
stone lion
stone lion
huge carved brick wall
huge carved brick wall
Im such a girl, I was all, oooooo…
I'm such a girl, I was all, ooooo…
pretty earrings from the ancient m…
pretty earrings from the ancient …
the code of hammurabi!
the code of hammurabi!
Tour Eiffel!
Tour Eiffel!
Marie and I in front
Marie and I in front
Sacre Coeur from the first level
Sacre Coeur from the first level
Champs de Mars
Champs de Mars
in the elevator to the top!
in the elevator to the top!
our neighborhood from the top
our neighborhood from the top
straight down!
straight down!
Paris
photo by: Sweetski