These are all from Paris; my photo-taking plans got a bit sidetracked after we left Paris because we were driving, not walking, and I kept forgetting to take shots. The rest of France is just as wonderful as Paris! We drove around basically the whole perimeter of the country - Paris-Mont Saint Michel-Angers (visiting some friends)-Sarlat-Arles-Menton-Chamonix-Di
This is the Sacre Coeur cathedral in Montmarte... as viewed from our apartment! We rented an apartment from Haven In Paris for the week. I think the one we rented is no longer managed by them, but it was a really great experience to live like a local. Our building has a TINY elevator which was just the cutest thing ever. We were on the top floor and I had planned to take the stairs all the time to burn off all of the macarons, but I couldn't resist the allure of the teeny elevator and ended up riding it a lot. And breaking it one time by closing the doors/pressing the button in the wrong order. Le oops.
Anyway back to Sacre Coeur. It's the highest point in the city, above the Butte Montmarte. The cathedral is gorgeous, and the houses behind it are really magical. If you do go, watch out for scammers and pickpockets out the front though :( It's a shame but I guess to be expected.
This is Sainte-Chapelle on the Ile de la Cite, and if you only go to one place in Paris, I honestly recommend it be here. It is overwhelmingly, movingly beautiful. I teared up a little bit, and I'm not usually the type to do that. The lower level is nice, but the upper level is the astonishing bit. You climb up a spiral staircase to get to it, and the whole time you're there there's this ongoing chorus of people gasping as they come round the last curve in the stairs and see the magnificence. This photo in no way does it justice (in fact, the Wikipedia photo is better), but it truly does have to be experienced to be believed.
...we saw Kiefer Sutherland. I think he was promoting 24 at the time. He is about Hollywood leading man height (5'5"-ish) and fairly slight. He is also very well dressed and a seriously nice and friendly man. We were having afternoon tea at a cafe (Les Deux Magots, only because I am a hopeless case for history, not because the coffee is good (it wasn't)) and he walked by us. This guy took a photo with him but we were too shy. I smiled and waved and he smiled back. I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious.
The famous Shakespeare and Co. bookshop! TBH I was a little underwhelmed by it; I understand they have changed owners. We ended up going to a piano concert just round the back of this in a tiny 14th century chapel. That was rad.
And now the obligatory tourist shot in front of the Tour Eiffel. This also marks the first time I have appeared on my blog, I think. There's something really nice about the atmosphere at the Eiffel Tower when the lights are on - there are so many people there and everyone is just so relaxed and happy. It's really lovely.
That's it! I took bad photos with my phone :( Next time we travel I will take a proper camera.
In other news... not much. I will be travelling again in just a few months so we have to lay low and save our cash for that :)
Not related to anything, but is it just me or have all the Arashi subbing communities just exploded with activity in the last few weeks?
125 days til Japan!
3. Endless Game
10. Face Down
Speaking of J when he was a baby (segway SWISH) I've started watching Gokusen. I really love it! It's quite quirky and fun. I'm probably the last person in the world to see it, but I recommend it anyway.
Wanikani update - level 10! I think I'll hit my goal of level 30 by my next Japan trip.
Anyway, I've been persevering with my kanji. I think I'm doing quite well! I definitely know more than I did when I started. At this rate I will have finished all the N4 kanji in about 2 months. I think I'm going to shoot for N3! Well, maybe. My reading (grammar and vocab) are probably not up to scratch, so I had better work on those.
I have some exciting news! Ant and I have just booked tickets to go back to Japan in late December for another ski trip. Yay! I had better knuckle down and study hard, then!
My DVD finally arrived today after being stuck in Hong Kong for five days!
Naturally I had my own little watching party and celebrated with this popcorn:
As far as the DVD goes - LOVE IT. I'm going to have to rewatch to even begin to pick favourite parts. I'm really happy :D
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I did enjoy some of the exterior scenes in Fukuoka a bit much, excitedly tapping my husband on the arm "look look I walked over that bridge!"