This is the archive for April, 2010.
- Spring Break Part 3 of 4 – Bordeaux
Finally, after a stressful week, I have a few hours before I have to start studying for finals.
Here are my photos from Bordeaux, where I spent the most time. There I did lots of things like exploring alone, spending a day in a French high school (not pictured), and going to a small funeral at a small village in wine country (long story, and not pictured), and ate lunch with some British folk (also not pictured). Here are my favorite photos from my wanderings in Bordeaux. I hope you enjoy them! Click on the photos to view them at a larger size.
I got caught in a downpour, but afterwards this rainbow over Garonne River and Pont de Pierre bridge appeared. Definitely worth standing in the rain to see:
The riverwalk and quays along the Garonne River:
Pont de Pierre bridge at night:
The general chaos that is a French street. Trams, bikes, motorcycles, cars, and pedestrians walking any which way:
Place du Palais:
Delightful pastries in a cafe:
The riverwalk again:
I was amazed at how much French men pee in public. It seems like they go wherever they feel like. When I looked though my photos, I was surprised to find this. I didn’t notice this guy when I took the photo!
Cathedral St. Andres:
Behind St. Bruno church:
Check back in a few days for photos from Nice!
Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance by Doug North. Read it; it will likely change the way you think about why some nations manage to become rich and others stay poor, despite the billions of dollars being thrown at them annually.
More France photos will come soon, I promise. I am through 1.5/2 papers, so I still have half a paper and a take-home probability exam to finish in the next day and a half, then finals start immediately. I’m just a little busy…
(One paper is over the above book, so this post is entirely justified!)
- Spring Break Part 2 of 4 – Arcachon
After my short stay in Paris, I took a train a few hours south to Bordeaux, where my friend David lives. After a short nap at David’s apartment, we immediately went to the town of Arcachon, a small but beautiful place on the Atlantic (well, technically on Arcachon Bay, but we could see where the bay opened up to the Atlantic from the beach.) We were originally going to go there two days later, but the forecast was rain for that day, so we went right after arriving from Paris. Below are a few photos. As always, you can click on the photos to make them appear at a larger size.
The summer village:
Down in the summer village:
Down in the summer village (again):
The breakwater and oceanfront:
Two beautiful houses in the afternoon sun:
Me! (Photo taken by David Wagner)
Next up, Bordeaux! (Check back in a few days!)
- Spring Break Part 1 of 4 – Paris
I am finally getting around to posting some of my spring break photos from France! I won’t write the story of my trip on here… I would much prefer to tell you in person, so call me and ask me to hang out! (Or if you are too far away to do that, call me and we can talk!)
I will post some of my favorite photos from the trip in a series of posts, one for each place I visited. This post, Paris, will start it out. Coming soon will be Arcachon, Bordeaux, and Nice. Keep checking back throughout the week! Keep in mind that these are just my favorites. If you want to see more of my photos, let me know! (I can show you them at the same time I tell you my stories!)
Click on each photo to see it at a larger size.
A typical Parisian street:
The Seine river at night with Notre Dame in the distance:
A closer view in the daytime:
Notre Dame at night:
Carvings above the Notre Dame doors:
Inside Notre Dame
Sacre Coeur (closer)
Two metros passing each other (long exposure, handheld)
Eiffel Tower at night from Hannah Stone’s window:
Stairway in the Hotel Herse d’Or that David and I stayed at:
Hotel de Ville from across the Seine at night:
Check back soon for more photos!