Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bonjour, Paris!


Roughly a year ago there was this little surprise. It took me a good long while to figure out what to do, but after careful consideration I came to the conclusion: with such an awesome wife I could possibly negotiate a trip to Colorado should a "guys trip" present itself, and having already extensively travelled through Asia, I should add another continent to my travel list. Europe it is, but where should I go to find the best cycling has to offer? Italy? Spain? France?

In the end, after talking to several sources who have experienced all that France has to offer, I settled on making the classic climbs of the TdF my motivation for training through the winter and spring. And if I played my cards right, I could sneak in witnessing a live TdF stage or two. 

Well, today, I'm lounging in the apartment I rented with Larry located in the heart of Paris. The next couple weeks have a lot in store. There's going to be some sight-seeing, lots of riding, and probably a healthy helping of cheese, baguettes, and wine (okay, that's already become a reality). A third week in Spain with my wife will probably not be detailed here.

Check back later for more as this trip unfolds. For now, here are a few photos from a brief exploration, all within a 10 minute walk of our apartment.

the Seine...like the one in Winnipeg, but wider
some old art museum people were making a big deal of
nobody's going to steal this bridge
Larry's new favourite store
one of our neighbourhood streets

7 comments:

  1. You can pick your nose in Winnipeg, too.

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  2. awesome.
    soak it up!

    I'm curious how the both of you will do up the big climbs. Of course, the spanish one will have a little pharma help...

    have a great trip kk.

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  3. Hey KK,

    This is the fallafel place I was telling you about, about as good as it gets for street food.

    L'As du Fallafel
    34 rue des Rosiers
    75004 Paris
    Neighbourhoods: Marais, 4ème

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  4. Hal, you are clearly stuck in a rut.

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  5. Have fun guys. Good times with wine, bikes, and bread sound pretty ok. Keep the updates coming.

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