Paris On Purpose – Being A Tourist

First Post: Eiffel Tower at night

Second Post: Palace of Versailles

I came up with the perfect walking route through Paris to see most of the major sites and I want to share it with you incase you are heading there soon!

Start at the Eiffel Tower.

Climb to the top.

Cross the river. Climb up a lot of steps where the Palais de Tokyo is on your right. Walk up Avenue d’lena until you come to the Arc de Triomphe.

Walk down the Champs Elysees.

Walk through the Jardin des Tuileries and hope there are actual tulips there.

Go to the Louvre.

After the Louvre walk along the river to see Notre Dame.

Then loop around to visit the Pompidou Museum.

That’s only the first day.  I’ve got another great route for the second day.

Total miles walked: 4.36 miles.  Way to go!!

Make ROOM For This Book

Room by Emma Donoghue should be the next book you read.

I finished this book in 3 days and couldn’t wait to share it with you.  The writing, the story, the point of view…it’s all to die for.  Read it now!

Side Note:  This is the UK cover.  You might be more familiar with the US cover which looks like this.

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Have you read this book yet or are you going to buy it ASAP?

Museum of London

I saw this ad in various tube stations and wanted to check out the exhibit.

Sorry for the blurriness, it’s a blackberry photo.

Jon and I headed to the Museum of London Sunday afternoon for our first visit to this museum. I didn’t even check out the other exhibits on the website because I knew I was only interested in the London Street Photography exhibit.

We walked in to find out that the exhibit had a 1 hour wait and we didn’t have patience to wait around so we walked around the other exhibits which were really cool actually.

Specifically the Expanding City: 1666-1850s, People’s City 1850s-1940s & World City 1940s to Today permanent exhibits.

Expanding City: 1666-1850s

Lord Mayor’s Coach in 1757.

People’s City: 1850s-1940s

We took a stroll through a Victorian Walk.

A Fancy Stationer:

A Grocery store:

World City: 1950s–today

This section was the most fun. Interaction maps, artwork, fashion, etc

 

Interaction game and map:

Dr Martens of course:

 

Alternative Londoners

 

That was my little unorganized tour for you and if you liked this then I suggest you visit the museum yourself.  I’m also hoping to make it back for the photography exhibit eventually so you’ll see a post about that soon too.

All in all, it was a perfect rainy day activity. 

 

ABCs of ME

I’ve seen some bloggers play the ABC game so I wanted to join in on the fun.

A. Age: 26 but I’ll be 27 in 40 days!

B. Bed size: The Brits call it a king but I’d say it’s more of a queen.

C. Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom.

D. Dogs: Dogs.  Jon wants a fat bulldog and I want a cute yorkie. Hopefully one day.

E. Essential start to your day: Iced Dunkin Donuts black coffee with 1 splenda

F. Favorite color: Green

G. Gold or silver: both

H. Height: 5’5.

I. Instruments you play: zero

J. Job title: Intern & Student

K. Kids: Eventually

L. Live: From NJ, currently live in London

M. Mom’s name: Rosanna

N. Nicknames: Ash and Ash T

O. Overnight hospital stays: N/A

P. Pet peeve: When I say I’m a vegetarian and then they ask me if I eat chicken.  Since when isn’t chicken meat?

Q. Quote from a movie: ‘AMERICA’ – Name that movie.

R. Right or left handed: Right.

S. Siblings: Younger Brother, Alex

T. Time you wake up: Early – I like to relax before I start my day.

U. Underwear: They are called pants here in London.

V. Vegetables you dislike: Peas, Carrots & Zucchini

W. What makes you run late: There isn’t a clock in my living room or kitchen…it drives me crazy!

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth & fingers

Y. Yummy food you make: Cupcakes & Eggplant parm….that’s about it!

Z. Zoo- favorite animal: Koala’s – I held some in Australia and they were just the softest animal ever.

Bowling: The Universal Sport

One of my classmates put together a bowling night at a local bowling alley and we  had a great time.  We went to Palace Superbowl in Elephant & Castle. Since we made reservation beforehand and were a big group they gave us a special rate of £7.50 for 3 games.

It was half casino half bowling alley.  I’ve never seen that before but I guess they kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

The group!

Anne (follow American) has a blog too!

I didn’t take that many photos from the night because I was having more fun with my new-ish Flip Cam!

Brick Lane Market

Once we got to the point where we should have made a right we realized that we were in the right spot. Graffiti everywhere, all different types of food vendors and antiques lined up neatly along the street.

Inside an old brewery there were numerous food, jewelry, and clothing stands.  All by local artists which is my favorite (all but the food of course).

This is such a cool market and if you haven’t gone yet I’d suggest you make your way there next Sunday (9am-5pm).

A few more of my favorite shots from today:

Brick Lane

On our way to Brick Lane we walked along Fournier Street and it was just so cute.

We made a right onto Brick Lane and weren’t that impressed at first.  We just saw a ton of restaurants and not that many people.

Indian Fast Food

We thought it was supposed to be a fun market with vendors lining the streets.  We were so confused and decided to turn around. Once we walked back we realized we should have made a left when we got to Brick Lane because that’s where all the action was.

 

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