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Query to the Friends List: France!

Wow, it has been awhile, hasn't it?

So a lot has been going on. I survived the semester by the skin of my teeth, and now I'm back in Ringgold before leaving for France on Monday.

On Monday! Which leads me to my question. I've never left the country before. Actually, before March I had never left the south. So do you have any advice? Anything. If you've been to France (specifically, Paris, Avignon, or Strasbourg), any cool places besides the obvious that I should check out?

Also, I got a B in analysis. Yes, this wasn't one of my better semesters. :(


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May. 10th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, Sujin! You're going to have such an amazing time. France is incredible. I've been to Paris and Strasbourg. Here's what I like best in Paris:

1. The Rodin Sculpture Garden
2. The Catacombs
3. Pere Lachaise Cemetery
4. The Picasso Museum

Make sure you eat, eat, eat. The food is the best part. Especially the viennoiseries- brioche, sables, triangles aux amandes.

I'm less familiar with Strasbourg, and I was only there for a show, so I have no advice to offer. Enjoy it all. I'm really jealous you're going to be in France.

Edited at 2008-05-10 11:17 pm (UTC)
May. 10th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
I second the catacombs. One of my friends was in Paris last summer and told me all about it, and that's one of the things I want to visit. (I'd be doing the Les Mis Fan's Tour of Paris, which ... said friend has a beautiful photo gallery which you can look if you're interested... not that I'm sure you would be)

Edited at 2008-05-10 11:32 pm (UTC)
May. 10th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
I third the catacombs....go to the Paris Opera and see if they'll take you down to the "Phantom's" lair, heheh.

Absinthe! See if you can get some.

Food! I adore French food so much.
May. 10th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Learn the most basic things you can in French, like the hellos, excuse me, how much does this cost, - of European countries I've heard the French are more annoyed by trying to start a conversation in your mother tongue and not theirs.

If you are taking anything electronic that plugs into the wall, buy an adapter.

Bring more spending money.

Have your passport on you at all times.

In your carry-on bag for the plane, add an easy extra outfit and an extra pair of underwear....in case the airport loses all your luggage....>,>

Find your nearest farmer's market. It's cheaper, and simple meals out of fresh, local stuff is always fun.

And most important: buy me a souvenir
Hm, I hope this isn't getting to you too late...
May. 11th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
I hope you see this before you read. If not, have fun when you go!

1.) Don't bring travelers checks, no one uses them anymore.
2.) Deodorant. Europeans don't seem to believe in heating or air conditioning. And it gets really hot.
3.) Be nice and smile. Don't be "american".
4.) If you go to a club, please take pictures of French boys dancing. They like to dance up on each other and its fucking HOT!

Have fun!
May. 11th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Make sure you have a photocopy of your passport as well. Just the page with your information/picture. Keep it in your suitcase just in case- God forbid- your passport gets lost or stolen.

I'm excited for you. I loved France when I was there, but that was win I was fifteen, so I can't really tell you a lot about what to see as I had no control over it and only saw the obvious.

I will second the suggestions about the food though!
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