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Ah, Paris... I'm back from my vacations, and am terribly tired.

In the first half of my voyage, I was racing across France between Paris and Brest, to cheer on a friend participating in the cycle race there. Then race on to Frankfurt. Within this, crossing Paris was one fucking rush.

I expected to have up to a day for the city before my high-speed train left, but friend's slow progress left me with only two hours to cross the city. So I'll do RER C, Notre Dame, RER B, I thought. But at Invalides, my train stopped: track renewal, total closure! So I ran 500m (losing the right way multiple times) with heavy bag for the replacement bus, found it goes every 15 minutes, across dense traffic, then I ran across the RER B station, then from Gare du Nord to Gare l'Est. I just catched my ICE-3, boarding with my T-shirt thoroughly wet with sweat...

Will write 1-2 diaries on my trip in the next few days.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 01:33:56 PM EST
Welcome back! (I'd say it in Hungarian, alas my knowledge of the Hungarian barely covers "szia", "egy", "kettõ", "kutya")

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 01:40:32 PM EST
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this reminds me of a question I had - does "Sarkozy" mean anything in Hungarian?

I was just wondering if Sarkozy somehow fit into Nostradamus' predictions....

by zoe on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 01:42:56 PM EST
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Sure, it's Hungarian for "Iznogoud"

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 01:46:04 PM EST
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Sarkozy was originally spelled Sárközy, which is the aristocrat form of Sárközi, which means c.: "of Mud-Middle".

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 01:59:01 PM EST
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Forgot: the way the French pronounce the "Sar..." sounds like "shit" in Hungarian...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 02:04:38 PM EST
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okay, Mud Middle - I was thinking of Nostradamus' refrain that mentions Roy Rouge when I read that Sarkozy threatened Iran.
by zoe on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 02:13:30 PM EST
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Does Kozy the way that the French say it sound like anything in Hungarian?

This could be very interesting.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 02:38:00 PM EST
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I dunno about Hungarian, but "shit cozy" is amusing enough for me....
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 02:40:37 PM EST
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Head, please be head.

That would be far more fun.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 03:09:18 PM EST
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Unfortunately, no.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Aug 30th, 2007 at 02:59:15 PM EST
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Cyclists and trains -- this was actually relatively good weather during the four days:

Just made it! (My train the one on the right, I sat in the end compartment looking out through the cockpit.)



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 02:02:48 PM EST
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One morning in Amsterdam we decided that we would rather be in Bordeaux, so we took off for the train station and got tickets for the trip.  Had to run to the train and they opened the doors back up to let us on.  Came down to Paris to catch the 2nd train, at Montparnasse, I believe, thought we had plenty of time but had some troubles getting across Paris, but we got to the train station and couldn't find the damn train.  Kept looking and looking and getting pointed back to the same place.  finally, at the last minute, figured out that there were two trains there at the platform and ours was the one further out.  Got on it with a couple of minutes to spare.

Great fun and a great trip, but I wished my French was better.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson

by NearlyNormal on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 02:33:09 PM EST
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Oh, I'll write about my French... where the tragicomedic part was, that not once when I tried to switch to English as last resort and my opposite spoke it, s/he did in such a thick accent that I understood even less... including the conductor girl on the RER C at Invalides who tried to tell me to take that damn bus. (I only 'got it' when I saw a sign with the same in written French.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Aug 30th, 2007 at 03:32:38 PM EST
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Firstly, how did you end up taking the RER C to cross Paris ? had you come by train?

Secondly, the RER C, even when its track is not cut, is not to be used. It doesn't work, simply : very slow...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Thu Aug 30th, 2007 at 06:00:29 AM EST
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The cycle race started/ended in Guyancourt, so on leaving, I boarded the train in St. Cyr (both near Versailles). Indeed slow with all the stops along the Seine, but at least a bit of sight-seeing, I thought... with panoramic view on the descent from the hills before.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Aug 30th, 2007 at 03:17:45 PM EST
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the "proper" trip would have meant to take the train to Montparnasse, and then the 92 bus or the 6 metro line...

Sightseeing in the ligne C tunnel is quite limited!

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Thu Aug 30th, 2007 at 06:57:48 PM EST
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Oh, it wasn't that bad at least until Invalides, with windows in the tunnel towards the Seine, and that descent on the curved viaduct was spectacular. But I admit this was the one unplanned part of my trip, I haven't even looked up the alternatives in advance. That because I thought I'll have at least 12 hours to ride around Paris. Also thought it's a safe bet that RER is faster than Metro.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Aug 31st, 2007 at 08:52:37 AM EST
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That assumption is pretty much false for the RER C...

Also, waiting for the RER can be pretty long during the day or in the summer, which kills the speed advantage. On the trip from home to the Charles de Gaulle rond point, which is RER B + RER A (the two good RERs) I go as fast with my velib' as I'd do with the need to wait for two RERs...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Aug 31st, 2007 at 03:55:07 PM EST
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