Bastille Day

July 15, 2003

   I stayed on the Eiffel Tower that night until well after sunset. The full moon was on one side and the fading light was on the other. A very magical time, no wonder all the couples headed for the top stood around holding each other close. It was just a little lonely being probably the only solo traveller at the top, but what a great view.

   Earlier that day I had walked right across town, probably coming to about 22km. My feet are still hurting a bit, but Norway is my goal so I must continue. On Sunday I moved across to another hostel, The Three Ducks. Which is a bit of a pit, but in a friendly way. Quite noisy and very busy. There I met another long distance hiker. Scott (Canada) is a serious long distance walker, he is about to start some mammoth trek across Europe totalling about 880 miles, well out of my league. He introduced me to five girls from the states and along with Barry and Alex we went to the Fireman's Ball. Every year on July 13th fire houses across Paris invite the public to have a big party in their halls (or in this case a courtyard). A great party except for the firemen who kept getting on the bar to take their shirts off. I bet that was their main motivation for the whole party idea in the first place.

   Without much sleep Barry and I set off for the parade in the morning. Due to closed subway stations and crowd control we were walking along a side street when the first fly over happened, between buildings we could see the coloured smoke trails and some big planes whizz past. The parade itself was mostly army stuff which didn't interest me, but we both tried to climb trees for a better view anyway. We even got on top of a tourist information booth :-), but we were told to come down pretty quickly :-(

   I walked back to my previous hostel to retrieve my NZ power adapter and by the time I got there was desperately dehydrated having misjudged the distance and heat

   That night I went to dinner with Kate, Emily, Jen, Connie, Nicole, Crisha and Klare, mmmm chinese food mmmm. A few joined and a few left by the time we got to the Eiffel Tower in time for the big fireworks display. It didn't start until well after 11 but when it did it was very cool. The crowd was unusually quiet, expect for when it got really pretty. I took a ton of photos that have just been burned to CD and have managed to upload one here. It's big, but nice.

   I am wasting my day away in Paris until my train leaves tonight for Copenhagen and then I am going on to Olso and then Jotunheimen Park.

   Oh, last night I met Holland, a fellow Pamplona survivor. He has been to Greece, and told me about Santorini. It seems as though it will be everything I imagined, I can't wait!

Now in full motion video watch as the Effiel Tower sparkles in the night. (3.7mb)

Me, Kate, Nicole, Emily, Chrisha, Jen, Klare and Connie

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Wish you were here?     (7 replies so far)

man i am impressed you can even remember all these names..
7 girls an you huh, so you had a good time i take it.. ;) muahahaha...

yo i got me a bike, '92 zzr250 for $3000, its pretty sweet =) been hooning around all the back roads by my house trying it out, need a bit more practice before i take it round to the flat to show them all though. then just got some nice gears for it last night, man i am so poor now its not funny...
be forever before i save up nuf to go travelling again.

Posted by: malf at July 15, 2003 10:44 PM

Thats a fantastic photo! I am SO looking forward to seeing the rest. How do you always manage to be in the right place at the right time, you lucky bastard.

Posted by: Peter at July 16, 2003 08:05 AM

Holy cow, dude! If that is not the quintessential Paris photo, I don't know what is. You could make millions with that one I'm sure. Nice one you prat!

Posted by: Lorraine at July 16, 2003 05:01 PM

Woohoo! Fab Fireworks. I can't wait until 5th Novemeber.
Loads of Love

Posted by: Ruth at July 17, 2003 06:54 PM

Hey Craig,

Just read through all your entries (i lost the URL) and you sound like you're having an awesome time!

Loved the photo of La Tour Eiffel! It brought back a few memories - Vasi and I were actually in Paris for Bastille Day a mere 10 years ago!!!

Anyway, gotta run but take care of yourself and keep having a wicked time :)

Lots of love,

Posted by: nivi at July 18, 2003 03:25 AM

Nice. Very nice. Loved the video. Am finding it difficult to cling to the "totally innocent" line you keep feeding - come on girls and you?!?!? :)

Anywho, good to hear you're having a good time. Keep 'em coming.


Posted by: James at July 18, 2003 07:11 AM

Dude, totally innocent. I'm a good guy you know that.

Posted by: Craig at July 18, 2003 07:15 AM

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