Daily Archives: March 19, 2011

Paris by Day & Night…

Tour Eiffel - By Night

The Tour Eiffel is not to be missed by night. We took the metro and got off at Trocadero and walked from the Palais de Chaillot gardens across the Seinr. It gave a fabulous view and some excellent photo opportunities. We arrived just before dark and visited a cafe for a nice dessert and got a great light show after dark.

By day one can stop by the world’s largest triumpial arch. This was another piece of Napoleon’s creation to celebrate the victory of his  Grand Armee.  You can arrive by metro and get the opportunity to get a magnificant view from above by either taking the stairs or elevator. One can see that there are vehicles surrounding as the arc is in a major traffic intersection or “roundabout”.
 
I had visited this arc before in 2007 with former classmates. This was one of our last attractions we saw, as we spent the day prior at EuroDisney. It certainly was fun, even for the big kid. I love theme parks.
 

Windmills of Moulin Rouge

 We stayed in Montmartre, with its steep hills and staircase streets. It is one of the most beautiful neighbourhood in Paris.  We spent some time just exploring the streets, climbing many stairs and getting a view at Sacre Coeur. We also found the windmills on rue Lepic and at iconic Moulin Rouge
 

Dinner cruise on the Seine

Riverboats frequent the Seine.The architecture along this river is well-lit, enabling the river to really see them glow. We did not have the opportunity, but can only imagine on a warm night looking on and reaching out to these wonder pieces of art.

 
Paris is a city to overflowing with culture and screams of an amazing lifestyle. I guess Rural Newfoundland has more in common with this urban metropolitan center than one would think. It is a great place to visit and experience.
 
Live Rural NL -
Christopher Mitchelmore
 

Youth Opportunity: Canadian Student Leadership Conference

Corner Brook Regional High is hosting the Canadian Student Leadership Conference from September 27, 2011 through October 1, 2011. This is a monumental undertaking with approximately 1000 student leaders coming to Corner Brook from all regions of the country.

I’ve included a pdf of the itinerary at the following link:  CSLC 2011 Itinerary(Website)

If you are interested in participating, visit http://www.cslc2011.ca

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Christopher Mitchelmore

Emperor Napoleon’s Tomb – Paris, France

The Napoleonic Wars had an impact on the settlement on the Island of Newfoundland during 1803-1815. The withdrawal of the warring nations from the salt cod fishery gave Newfoundland a monopoly in such a lucrative industry. During these years prosperity came with increase in standards of living and brought great social change.

While in France, my mother and I visited the Hotel des Invalides and Napoleon’s Tomb.

Napolean's Tomb

Dome Artwork

Miniature of the Hotel des Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb

The Invalides complex with Dome Church, built in 1670 was a military hospital. It has beautiful gardens, which are lined by canons. There is a focus of Napoleon’s life and death.

It is one of the places you can see while in France.

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Christopher Mitchelmore

Transport – Paris France; A Fixed Link?

"Metropolitain" Paris, France

 In rural Newfoundland, geography makes it quite difficult to walk to conduct daily business. Myself, commute 50 kilometers to work each day. The city of Paris has two million people, but the metropolitan area has nearly 12 million people, which means many commutors. Europeans boast an active lifestyle, with many walkers, bicyclists and commuters by an excellent public transit system.

 After arriving in Paris, France, I made sure to purchase my tickets for the Metropolitain as a quick and efficient way to get around several parts of the city.

I question our government, why isn’t Canada investing more into public transit and high speed trains. A high speed train could easily connect Calgary, AB and Edmonton, AB. These two large oil cities of the west have two high traffic airports and a less than three hour drive between the twin cities of just over 1 Million people, a high speed train would be a good investment. Better infrastructure is needed connecting larger urban centers of Canada, such as Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Intercity connections could also be established with corresponding US cities, such as New York, Detroit and Buffalo. In rural Newfoundland, the Trans-Labrador Highway needs continued paving. Quebec continues to complete Route 138, which will link the North Shore to larger urban centers, such as Montreal.

It is time for Quebec’s Ministry of Transport and Newfoundland & Labrador‘s Department of Transportation, Services and Works to work together to ensure that projects are on the same timelines. A fixed link can be established connecting the island portion of the province to Mainland Canada.

The Channel Tunnel (referred to as Chunnel), connects the United Kingdom and France by an undersea rail tunnel which is 50 kilometers in length. It has been operating since 1994. The Strait of Belle Isle distance is 15 km at its narrowest point. It can be done!

This needs to be placed on the political agenda of the government. It is time for our politicians to be fighting for advanced transportation networks. Let’s create a stronger voice for a stronger Canada.

Live Rural NL -

Christopher Mitchelmore

Tour Eiffel – By Day; Paris, France

 
Tour Eiffel

View from above

A view of the tower

The Tour Eiffel is synonymous with Paris, an a must see while visiting. It was meant to be only temporary for the 1889 Universal Exhibition. It was built by Gustave-Alexandre Eiffel. It weighs 7000 tonnes.

The light rainfall did not stop us from braving the hundreds of stairs to the first level. There was quite a line for those wishing to take the elevator up, but my mom and I certainly did not mind the exercise.

The view from above is marvelous. At the top you can see for 65 kms. There are great photo opportunities. We easily spotted the Hotel des Invalides and Napoleon’s Tomb. The golden dome really stands out.

Cityscapes

 
Tour Eiffel was once claimed the “world’s greatest lamppost” by critics. However, the test of time has made it one of the greatest icons of the city. Where people enjoy the view of the tower, just as much as the view from the tower.
 
Crepes are available under the tower and are to die for. I recommend the chocolate banana.
 
More photos will be posted to our Live Rural Newfoundland & Labrador (NL) facebook group.
 
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Christopher Mitchelmore

Cuisine – Paris France

Enjoying a glass of wine in Paris

 
French cuisine is world renown and absolutely delicious. My mom and I couldn’t help but have multiple courses, especially desserts. I’m posting a sample of some of the meals and dishes we tried during our stay.
 

Monkfish & PastaStuffed Mussels

 

Tiramisu

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chicken dish with frites

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fish dish with salad

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Creme Brulee

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chocolate Mousse

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My mini espresso and mom's larger latte

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Plum dessert

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trifle Dessert

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I enjoy trying the different foods of other cultures. It is quite easy to see there are many differences to our own staples of rural Newfoundland & Labrador. We have so many unique recipes that I certainly wouldn’t trade for any cuisine. In a few minutes I will go to my grandmothers for a pot of moose soup. It should be delicious as always. I encourage all to try other foods, but certainly not forget to prepare and enjoy the traditional recipes that are proudly rural Newfoundland & Labrador.
 
Bon A petit -
 
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Christopher Mitchelmore

Notre Dame Cathedral – Paris, France

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Cathedrale de Notre-Dame is one of the world’s most iconic and famous cathedrals. There are always crowds of people wishing to enter this landmark. It was founded in 1160 by Maurice de Sully, bishop of Paris. It survived wars of religion and battles. In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France at this cathedral.

Stained Glass Artwork

The Alter

After Bonaparte’s downfall, there was much looting and the cathedral fell into disrepair and was slated for demolition. It was saved by Victor Hugo, as he campaigned for its restoration.

Rural Newfoundland and Labrador needs people like Victor Hugo, to fight to preserve aspects of our culture and history. We have very few pieces of architecture that would be more than 100 years of age, despite Newfoundland & Labrador having the oldest English settlement in North America.

Unique chandelier on display

It is up to us to promote new artists and also preserve the art of yesterday.

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Christopher Mitchelmore

Musee du Louvre – Paris, France

 
Outside the “Musee du Louvre“, Paris, France
 

In November 2010, my mother and I travelled to Paris. Two rural residents of a village with 162 residents, hit the big city which has a population of 12 million people in the metropolitan area.

One of the first places we ventured was the Musee du Louvre. Below is an image of the dining room of Napoleon’s Apartments. The Richelieu Wing of the Louvre Museum features a  “Napoleon’s Apartments”. My mother and I were amazed by the lavish luxury enjoyed by Napoleon. The high vaulted ceilings, gold embellishments, fine pieces of art and unique pieces of French furniture.

 
Dining Room at “Napolean’s Apartments”

Venus de Milo

We walked for hours at this museum and certainly was unable to see the many impressive works of art. There are many hallways of paintings from French, Italian, Spanish and other world reknown painters. We enjoyed the section on Greek, Egyptian and Iranian  pieces as well. Another highlight was seeing the Mona Lisa. After much viewing we stopped for lunch at the museum cafe.
 
 

Chambers of Art and Antiquities

You can avoid traffic by getting an early start. You can avoid waiting in line for tickets by using the automatic ticket machines in the lobby. As well it is best to do your research. Find out in advance what are key areas of culture you are interested. You could spend hours in just one wing. We had a plan and thoroughly enjoyed the amazing wonders of the Louvre before spending the afternoon outside breathing in more of the Parisian lifestyle.
 
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Christopher Mitchelmore
 
 
 
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