London to Paris – Preparation

With almost a week in hand as in exact 7days at this hour I will be heading into my journey to take on the traditional train line connecting UK to the EU mainland. Not the first time in Paris but the first time by Euro rail and that too without a french speaking partner. Oh Yeah, it is going to be some journey for a change. My initial thoughts were quite good but when I look at some of the more recent news it shocks me to see the changes. I am not afraid when it comes to travelling but knowing the air of in-hospitability knowing that you don’t speak french is bit hard to appreciate. I am impressed to see as how one country be so socially uptight to not open their thoughts to the bigger vision of the world.

Is France, digging its own grave of saying we do not want anyone who cannot speak our language or is just that social behaviour of not entertaining anyone who does not speaks French ! what so ever we may think, we say this does not stop here or change. I am not intimidated besides I do not believe in these nationalistic ideas of restricting oneself.

Before people start to feel that this something I am creating on my own, I came across this article yesterday on the BBC which reveals for the facts and for the reasons why France is where it was and why it is not far from the past. For whatever we may say and feel, all I know is to go travel and capture. Rest is all “that doesn’t count for me”.

We will see what shall come out of this trip but here are some of the shots Β from the past visit.


Here is a set of few more pictures if you are keen on visiting France.

I will do a brush up on things with planning as I approach the weekend since it is just a two days trip to see a friend’s daughter birthday and to meet an old Flickr friend who spotted me in India without have spoken or known me before. Incredible to see from where all people can see and find me πŸ™‚

12 thoughts on “London to Paris – Preparation

  1. utesmile October 7, 2012 / 12:27 pm

    Wishing you a fantastic trip, France is such a beautiful country as you showed us in your great photos. I love France and you will get by don’t worry! ( you should have taken me I speak some French haha) Enjoy and bring home some more great shots! Ute x

    • freebirdmani October 7, 2012 / 12:30 pm

      Thank you Ute, I would love to extend my invite for the next time πŸ™‚
      This is just a quick touch and go kind of thing. Looking forward to capturing some good shots too hopefully I shall manage some. I wish you a relaxing Sunday. Smiles xx

  2. brendaloveladyvideography October 7, 2012 / 1:11 pm

    Mani, praying for safe travels and a wonderful journey. Excited to see the next group of pictures.

    • freebirdmani October 7, 2012 / 4:10 pm

      Next set is going to be Pre-Autumn as I was hunting some shades of the fall but too early to say for Britain yet.

  3. Sarin October 7, 2012 / 3:34 pm

    Beautiful clicks!
    Have a great trip and keep us updated. Will be an exciting adventure for sure!

    Yes, I’ve heard that as well. French who even KNOW English don’t like communicating with others if it’s any other language but French! Oho, a problem right there =p Hope it goes well πŸ™‚

    • freebirdmani October 7, 2012 / 4:09 pm

      sweetly said, quite true. French .. Oh yess… πŸ™‚ – I hope too πŸ™‚

      • Sarin October 7, 2012 / 4:39 pm


  4. Destiny Queen~ October 8, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    Scratchin mah only head..uh …okie….man euro rail is fun found it better than flights…n no aint matter if u have none to translate…u find lovely people across, thankfully u r not going to germany, here u wud howl as no one tries to halp u in english, u probably wud become freud sigmund there eh heh..have a rockin time n hey kiss the station MAGENTA, for me i loved that colour of the station….mwaaa

    • freebirdmani October 8, 2012 / 4:42 pm

      I don’t mind – I rather met the nicest people in germany than anywhere else in the rest of Europe. I do have a parity for Germans since they have never ever disappointed me. Endless quest, I must have been German at some stage of my life …lol… mwaa .. ..mwaaa auch

  5. Destiny Queen~ October 9, 2012 / 11:37 am

    Na im not against them….I loved them…I enjoy anyone apart from Indians eh heh….they suck ooops now okie there r exceptions okie….the irony here was they are helpful but will completely avoid speaking in english….and errm i do understand abit of german…so it was not a pain for me…eh heh….uu muss have kissed my toes ouch …sowwy i did not wash it for a week…bling bling eh heh

    • freebirdmani October 9, 2012 / 2:43 pm

      grrrrrhhh…. I will make sure you keep your toes in the that antiseptic bath tub for hours. eh heh…. and for .. remaining irony .. “Pomme di Pain” say that in desi tongue. Biggest pain in france that everyone knows is Pomme di pain. Badi dard hoti haii .. pomme mein.. lol… chalo chalo.. get ready for german snacks.

  6. Destiny Queen~ October 10, 2012 / 6:10 pm

    loool mani im laffing out here…looool….lol na wont say it in desi…lol na na….go to cheese village its in bonnnnn an experience…n kolnnnnnnn amazing….theres that famous river errrm ….pata nai…anyways germany is elaborate enuff to see i loved cathedrals, hitler museum blab blahhhh hve funnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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