Au revoir

Au revoir crepes. Au revoir Louvre. Au revoir yummie croissants. Au revoir strolling in the rain (ok, so maybe that’s one thing I won’t miss. And I don’t have to miss it, it’s raining in London too!). I had a blast in Paris, visited too many bookshops (although I didn’t buy a lot, I kept on thinking about the fact that this year alone I’ll have to move twice), museums and chocolate shops and was fascinated by Fashion TV (we don’t even have a telly in our house).

I’m back in London for two days, and this Wednesday I’m off to my parents til Sunday (can’t wait!). I haven’t seen them in three months and I can’t wait to catch up, give them a big hug and eat some of my mum’s fabulous food. Three months without a visit to parents also means I haven’t had a haircut in three months and I can’t wait to fly over to get that hair out of my face and get it dyed again.

Next week’s the start of the last term from our first year and our final set of core courses. We’ve got Markstrat (marketing simulation) for the first five weeks, and the full ten weeks of Information Management, Management Accounting and Macro-economics. On top of that, I’m also taking two electives, Understanding Entrpreneurial Management and Advanced Marketing Strategy. So I guess I’ll have my work cut out for me next term.

Last Friday the R2 admits came out, and I want to send my warmest congrats to all the admits: well done gals and guys! Speaking of R2 admits, there’s a new LBS blogger on the block, give a big hand to EHFM :-)

PS Sadly enough, I didn’t get through the lottery for the Clinton speech… but I’ve got a friend who’s going and who might be a guest-blogger to report on the speech.

PS2 I want to share a couple more pics of my trip (all taken with mobile phone, apologies for the quality):Pantheon [edit: taken on the one morning the sun was shining]Dutch bar in the Marais (see the Grolsch bottles? That’s from my hometown!)
Well, this is ONE way of selling chocolate…(7.70 euros per 100 grams)

PS 3 I’ve started writing at length about my recent travel and food experiences on a separate blog for those interested in more detail, click here.

Paris part deux

Il pleut en Paris. [translation: it rains in Paris] Somehow, being surrounded by all these native French speakers, my secondary school French (the full six years of it) is coming back and I can get by reasonably well shopping and getting into museums. Apparently, I look so Parisian that some American tourists asked me the way in their best French… they were quite surprised I answered in fluent English with an English accent.

My love affair with Paris is continuing. What is there not to love (except for the weather)? I went to the Musee National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet and was very impressed, both with the building which is very light, airy and feels serene and with the collection of Asian art and the large amount of buddhas. The audio guide was good, but to my taste there were too few items that were covered. On the way to and from I did some shopping at some of Paris’ excellent food markets, which offer some delectable foodstuffs. Later on this week the Quartier Latin is on the schedule, and the Marais, and to finish off some more Louvre. Ah, Paris mon amour :-)

Bonjour Paris

Blogger’s been a bit wobbly lately, something to do with a wonky server. Please accept my apologies if you’ve been trying to read the blog but couldn’t because of these problems. One of the issues that doesn’t seem to be solved yet is the upload of pictures, so they’ll have to wait for a bit til they get that up and running again.

I’m writing this blogpost from Paris, woohoo! I’m here for a week, rented an apartment near the Centre Pompidou and I’m having a blast. Today I walked to the Louvre, for which a friend very kindly gave me two free tickets (which means I’ll get to go again later on this week, yippie!) and it was fabulous, what a great museum. I think I must have been one of the few tourists that didn’t head over to see the Mona Lisa first stop, my big love is Rubens, so I went to see his paintings (see left for a picture). Wow. I was so impressed and awestruck. Next stop were the Napoleon III Apartments, which give the words opulence and decadence a whole new meaning. Last stop within the Louvre was an expedition to find Zurbaran’s pictures, but I couldn’t find them on display, and I lingered a while in the Italian painting section, where I inadvertedly caught a glimpse of the Mona Lisa.

I’ve done some great food shopping (including a chocolate lollipop from Jean Paul Hevin)(the pump on the left is also one of his chocolate creations, for 45 euros it could be yours), and I think I’m falling in love with this city ;-) Don’t get me wrong, London is still my number two (my hometown will always be no 1), but Paris is making a good third. There’s something about the way Parisians park (bump the car behind you, bump the car in front, et voila, there’s a parking space where there wasn’t one before!), the way Parisian women smoke (so elegantly, makes me almost jealous I don’t smoke) and the lovely architecture of cream coloured buildings and churches.

Pictures to follow when Blogger gets its act together again.
[edit 1. Blogger lets me put up pictures, so I’ve added a few. All of them are made on my mobile phone so I apologize for the poor quality.]