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Sneak Preview!
Well, I've been working on my Trip Report on-and-off all weekend. Mannnn....this is gonna be a project. I've got most of the text written, and of course all of the photos. I want to create a really nice travel log that people could visit and enjoy, complete with stories and entertainment.

But compiling them into something attractive, something semi-permanent, that's quite the effort. Here's a sneak preview of what I've cleaned up so far. This is only 2 days worth of adventure, and I haven't even gotten to the cycling part yet! I've edited it, added links, and explained the pictures. It's huge. I'm wordy, I like to tell stories, and I took lots of pics!

This isn't even all the pics nor all the stories. Just the ones I thought were especially interesting....

I'm going to have to rethink my original plan of just having 1 page for the Provence trip and 1 page for the Tuscany trip. But I don't want to make 20 pages (for the 20 days I was overseas) either... Will have to come up with some sort of happy medium.

Feel free to offer opinions here -- what do you think? Is it too long? Should I babble less? Is it interesting enough that the length won't matter? Is it taking too much time to load?

For those who already got bored reading the sneak preview, or don't want to click, here are a few pictures from it.

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theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: May 30th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I *loved* Sainte-Chappell. I wasted so much film trying to get nice pictures of the glass... (Of course on that trip I did pretty much the same thing in Chartres, in Rheims, etc. :)

Unfortunately last time I was in Paris was September 2001 and there was no way we were going to get into the Palais de Justice to see it again... :(

Ah, memories...
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: May 30th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember you taking all those nice photos... :)
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: May 30th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... I did too, didn't I. Okay, make that *twice* I've spent time and film in numerous cathedrals, trying to capture good pictures of stained glass. :)

Someday when I have some time I really need to scan some of those pictures in!
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: May 30th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Someday when I have some time I really need to scan some of those pictures in!

Yes, someday you do! And to put them somewhere that I can get copies from, too!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 30th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it was SO pretty!

Sept 2001...that must have been a surreal time to be abroad.
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: May 30th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
We left on Sept. 17th - we actually weren't sure if we'd even be able to fly until the night before - and security was somewhat paranoid. We couldn't get into the Palais de Justice because the French had simply locked down all government buildings. And garbage bins had disappeared from a lot of places, particularly anywhere in or near the airport - instead they had little carboard trays on the ground that you put your garbage on, so everything would be in plain sight.

Outside of that, though, the rest of Paris and certainly Provence seemed pretty normal.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: May 30th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Books about Provence and Tuscany are very popular maybe you could publish.

Who is the other dancer on the steps?
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: May 30th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Merci, strange french man!

You find it strange that he would like to pose with two lovely American women?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 30th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
*smile* I do have a little fantasy of someday becoming the next Jerome K. Jerome... But first I have to get the rest of the trip written and illustrated!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: May 30th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you ever read "To say nothing of the dog" by Connie Willis?

It is sort of a homage to Jerome.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 31st, 2005 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't, but I've been meaning to. I kind of did it backwards -- or maybe I'm the only one who did it forwards. A bunch of people I know (well, two) read the Willis book and thus decided to read Jerome. Me, I read Jerome when C loaned it to me -- now I need to read Willis!
jebra From: jebra Date: June 8th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't, but I've been meaning to. I kind of did it backwards ...

I couldn't recommend doing that more strongly. Three Men... is a delightful story in its own right and reading it first makes To Say Nothing of the Dog all the more enjoyable.
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: May 30th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where's the scaffolding? I remember scaffolding all over buildings when I was through, so you could barely find a nice out-door shot of anything.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 30th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry, there was plenty of scaffolding around. A friend of mine once remarked: it's not European if it hasn't got some scaffolding! I tried to keep it out of the pics where possible though... the first church on the report has some showing.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: May 30th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should have warned you about large luggage on the trains and metro. As the Musée Rodin, I just pay a euro to get into the garden and skip the museum, all the best statues are outside. At least you saw some of the best sites in Paris. The view from the Tour d'Eiffel is worth the wait and the lines usually move pretty fast. So you've got at least two things to do the next time since you also skipped the Louvre and yes, you need at least 1/2 a day just to see the highlights.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 31st, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I knew that large luggage would be a pain, but given that I had to pack panniers, a helmet, a bike seat, plus clothes and stuff, I kinda had to bring a large bag. Ah well, we made it. (:

Yep, I'll be back again someday, I'm not worried!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: May 30th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
when i did my Europe journal, i did it day by day, because that's how i did my paper journal. i didn't include EVERYTHING, but i did try to capture something interesting from each day. granted, this was back before blogging and digital cameras and the like, so i just created html pages for each one. i may someday re-do them, but i liked having it day by day, for myself. and are you putting this together for YOU or for an audience? what do *you* prefer? i knew i'd want people to read my little journal, but i was doing it for moi.

regardless, i'm looking forward to reading the finished product. i adore reading travel journals and seeing the accompanying photos and stuff. my dream job someday is travel writer... did you know that?

btw: shutupandskate? is that you? i like the name (:
ellison From: ellison Date: May 31st, 2005 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, I love the stories and pictures!! The stories with personal details such as the remark you made to your sister about getting directions in case you got separated (haha!) - that's my favorite kind of story. But all of it was interesting to read and I can't wait to read more!
From: davidp5382 Date: May 31st, 2005 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Great stuff!

I like it just the way you're doing it! Of course, as was already said, you should do it how *you* want.

Thanks for the sneak preview!
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: May 31st, 2005 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you have done a good job of it.
It is a pity you didn't have time to do the Eiffel Tower, it certainly gives interesting views. But it does take ages.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: June 1st, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, fantastic photography, I love the interior of Sainte-Chapelle and you did a great job capturing it, the composition of the Eiffel shot is great, and I love Musee Rodin. When I went the first time I liked the gardens better, skipped the inside the second time, but really, if you go you might as well see the inside. Happiness. Very fun dancing on the steps, all four shots are great, really.

Try the Air France bus next time, nicest option. Did I mention it, before? Good decision to not go in the Louvre, it can be a bit disappointing now that so many paintings have moved to Musee d'Orsay.

Non pas obsessif, c'est simplement que Obelix a delivree des menhirs partout!
bjorng From: bjorng Date: June 3rd, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think your "sneak preview" is great! I think you could easily do a page a day.

I love that Sainte-Chapelle photo. The inside of Notre Dame isn't as impressive, from what I recall.
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