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~ Phil Moore 3:11pm, 19 December 2006
Sunrise Smiles

I moved to Paris, from England, in August 2006 with the intention of experiencing life in another country, as well as to improve my French. I anticipated being here for at least a year. Will I still be in Paris at the end of 2007?

As well as providing a structure for documenting 2007, I hope that this project will motivate me to make the most of every day: doing things that will not only make my life more fun, but provide something worth looking at for those browsing through this wee archive.

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~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Tuesday. July 17, 2007
Variation on a Theme

An evening of well-being.

Straight after work I took my bike out and rode down to the Port de la Gare where they have the boat-cum-swimming pool. It's been ages since I've been swimming, but I wasn't really in the mood for a run tonight.

Such a pleasant evening - they had the roof off, so swimming in the nice evening with beautiful views of the setting sun and the lovely sky with which it brings. And then followed by a nice little ride back with an ace pink sky.

And then to continue the evening of feeling good, cooking up a wee feast.

Donc, Phil's recipe for the day:

Run what ya' brung plate full of nourishment
Turn on your oven. Pretty hot. If you have temperatures on the knob, that's a luxury - cover them up to make things more interesting.
Drop some olive oil into a roasting-tray and pop in the oven .

Peel and chop a sweet potato, and whack it in the pre-heated oven. Mix it around a bit, add some salt, pepper and a sprinkling of paprika. Mix again and pop in in the oven for about 10-15 mins.

Whilst ze potato is cooking, rinse some lentils and put them on to boil for about 30 mins. Add whatever you like in the pan to add some flavour - suggest some vege stock, a bay leaf and some dried herbs.

Chop some pepper and a courgette and add to the sweet potato. Leave to roast for a further 30 minutes, mixing occasionally.
After a wee while, add some mushrooms into the roasting mélange.
(Alternatively, rather than roasting the pepper, just pop it over a burning gas flame on the hob for a wee while. Leaves the skin a bit charred, but tastes super sweet.)

Whilst all that is going on, finely chop some red-onion and add to some butter in a frying pan. Fry it fast and hot for a while, and then turn down the heat and add some balsamic vinegar.
Keep giving it a stir et voila - caramelised onion.

Steam some haricots and broccoli and peas.

Pile it all on the plate, and mange mange mange.

Follow with a fruit salad of water-melon, papaya, kiwi and some finely sliced root ginger, with a drop of natural yoghurt.

I <3 vegetables ^_^
educated boot [deleted] 11 years ago
So is that the photo you chose fot the contest bruv ? Sorry I couldn't help you more , but with Cologne and all I'm swamped at the moment ( but lovin every moment of it )
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
No worries dude! No, ended up choosing the photo from the Charles Bridge in Prague, but not fancying my chances trop.
Glad la vie de Julien est bonne!
(tried phoning your Mum earlier but no answer - will try again later...)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
i LOVE papaya with a bit of fresh lime squeezed over it... Mmmm

~ a picture, a story
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Oooh, I'll have to try that - thanks for the tip! Surprisingly, it tastes really good with the fennel.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hoot ! Phil - you do lead the good life but pray tell what wines do you serve with all this...not complete till you specify what beverage !

It is bloody hot as hell - I mean the inferno...the one where they tell you there is no EXIT ..Italy is on fire literally I tell you !

Tonight I am in Milano and the hotel just happens to be in a pretty trendy spot. The lens keeps on overheating ! The Italian women simply are not afraid to put on a show ! So...is it peeping or simply recording what happens to pass by ?

CollardGreens: Oops!
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Alas, I still have a lot to learn about wine - I was just about getting a grip on it last year in Sheffield but more with the New World wines, which were classified by grape; moving to France has thrown me completely with their regions! hehe.

But talking of the good life - sounds as though yours isn't half bad, even if you are enduring the fires of hell!
I figure as long as you publish your material, you can claim it's socio-study which excludes you from all peeping-tom labelling ^_~

~ Phil Moore Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~ Phil Moore (member) 11 years ago
Wednesday. July 18, 2007

Token Photo Day

A pic-nic at Place des Vosges for a friend's birthday, which then displaced itself to Invalides when we got kicked out. Dammit.

Another late night. As the DJ series goes...
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thursday. July 19, 2007


After stopping off at les Grands Magasins to see a certain someone it was a night of calm.

A monster ratatouille (although breaking with this week's theme I shall omit the recipe for fear of reprisals from The Italian Contingent - I wouldn't want to defile their cuisine with my bastardisation!) followed by some ménage and tasks. Although despite the sleepy head left-over from last night, I still didn't get an early one.

And CG: no wine I'm afraid, but the evening was topped off with some nice Glenmorangie 15 year old whisky :)
Glow* 11 years ago
what a look !
eelend PRO 11 years ago
hey, that's a very intense look

have a nice weekend, fil!

eelend's 2007
sunshinecity 11 years ago
he's a cutie, but I don't think he knows it... shhh!!!
; )

You best be respecting that cuisine there young man!! It's a serious affair!!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Friday. July 20, 2007
Cinéma en Plein Air

Cinéma en Plein Air

An evening with friends watching a Spanish film (Volver) with French subtitles outside on the beau grass.

And some free Ben & Jerry's.

And some vino.

And some Noctilien shenanigans.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Saturday. July 21, 2007
What's Going On?

Sometimes you'd just like to know where you are and what's going on.

But I did take a Vélib for a spin. (And failed to find anywhere in the Quartier to Latin in which to leave it...)
Glow* 11 years ago
oh i dreamt of your diary also!!
You were proudly announcing that you found the love of your life :D
sunshinecity 11 years ago
oh I like that piece of art!!

~ a picture, a story
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Far from the truth!

Hee, it's cool isn't it. Just a piece of stencil graffiti on a wall near Beaubourg à Paris.
Glow* 11 years ago
hehe, in the country of "far far away" a prince named shrek.....
nope, I'm not drunk, not that early in the morning (well, never I must say but hey, who cares?)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Hehehe, maybe your not drunk on alcohol but drunk on something perhaps!
~ Phil Moore Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~ Phil Moore (member) 11 years ago
Sunday. July 22, 2007
Quiet Time

Plans were shot through by people being lame. Growl.
So instead I went out for a monster run to blow out the cobwebs, and then had a very chilled time out by the river, reading and the like.
A bit like this chap.
Glow* 11 years ago
I like this photo because the stairs look like a wall, completely flat
eelend PRO 11 years ago
that last shot is amazing

eelend's 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Phil - the outdoor screen looks like a big pillow ! I REALLY like the angle you got on the guy above. Well done indeed. Caught it just right.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
I hadn't even noticed that - I guess because I can picture the scene in my mind. Thanks for that ;)

& Thanks very much !

And as for the pillow comment, next time I go I'll definitely be taking one of those along ;)
Glow* 11 years ago
where did you see a pillow ??
sunshinecity 11 years ago
agreed.... life's simplest magical moments... no?

~ a picture, a story
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
@Glow -> July 20
Dragonhide 11 years ago
july 22.. WOW! Awesome shot!
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
22's is brilliant
that is SO Paris these days !
Glow* 11 years ago
thanks collardgreens,now I see it :-)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thanks all.
Jeez, I must have terrible taste in photos as I didn't really rate this one much - almost chose a different photo to post.

S-l-o-w-l-y learning I guess!..
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Monday. July 23, 2007
Bane of a Vélib User's Life

Trying to get home after work, this light became the bane of my life.

I get sweaty on the commute to work whatever I do: the RER is über sweaty, packed like sardines and just unpleasant.
So I figure I might as well get sweaty riding a bike from Gare de Lyon to St. Lazare instead - at least I get a dose of sun, a hit of oxygen to the head, and the chance to fight with some cars :)

But coming back after work was a nightmare. Finding a Vélib station with a bike was nigh-on impossible. And when I did, they were often out-of-order.

I eventually found one around Pyramides. I'd pretty much walked half-way home.

But on the plus side, it was a nice evening, and a beautiful area in which to stroll (particularly with the grand Opéra building) and I wasn't in a hurry.

And then I met Tom for some tasty, fancy beers near Odéon.

Despite my wee Vélib rant, they are damn handy. It's so much nicer to ride around the city than whiz by underground; you're not limited by that shit it's the last métro in two minutes! dash; it makes some journeys so much faster if you can cut-out silly métro changes; and it must be slowly aiding my fitness.

And I will hopefully never need to go into Chatelêt station ever again in my life ^_^
eelend PRO 11 years ago
"shit it's the last métro in two minutes!"
i recognize that :S

but i don't like riding in madrid
car drivers are not exactly "kind", so i must catch the metro everyday
but just for work
if i'm not in a hurry, i go everywhere on foot

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Yeah, drivers aren't the best in Paris either! I've been stopped three times now by the police (various traffic laws :-/ hehe) and the last time I did the cop was trying to tell me how much worse the Parisian's are than Londoners (obviously assuming I'm from London!).

But I've sharpened my elbows so I'm ready to take them on ;)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Tuesday. July 24, 2007
Putin's Paris Pad

A visit to the Russian Embassy.

Woop! I'm going to Russia! There's some crazy-ass Cyrillic in my passport and I have my visa. I cannot wait.

And in the evening a friend and I cooked a fish, and then met some folk near Montparnasse.

Taking the Vélib at home was so much easier than night-buses at 2am! ^_^
Glow* 11 years ago
wow, holidays ?How long are you staying there ?
I'd love to make another trip but I'm broke so I guess I'll do that by reading the numerous diaries here !
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Well my visa runs from the 28th Aug to the 9th of Septèmbre, but I think that some of that time will be taken up with travelling as I've decided not to fly and to take the train instead :)

Currently looking at going Cologne - Varsovie - Kiev - Moscow
and not sure about which way to return - possibly via Tallinn !

Hmmm, but I know the feeling about being broke - I'm hoping that I'm going to miraculously come into sums of money between now and the end of August ... Easy.
Glow* 11 years ago
don't tell me you're into marijuana ?!?
ok, just kidding... --->
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Glow* 11 years ago
(hum...I meant maybe you're selling marijuana to get rich quickly....my english is bad :s )
~ Phil Moore Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~ Phil Moore (member) 11 years ago
Aha ! I might have to resort to that - do you know where I could get some ? ;o)

(And your English is good ! C'est juste moi qui est bête)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Phil - Russia ! I lived there for a time (early 90s). It was another planet then, now it is a thriving economy with a long history of suffering. Train travel in russia is not like train travel here...better to go in through Helsinki or direct flights to Moscow....St Petersburg is nicer in summer I tell you. Ring me up sometime and I'll tell you about it. Train travel in russia (shudder).

The adventure will be worth it I guarantee !

CollardGreens: Oops!
~ Phil Moore Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~ Phil Moore (member) 11 years ago
Man, it must have been fascinating to have lived there around that time - I will indeed have to give you a tinkle and hear many a story before I go!

As for the train travel, I booked some stuff yesterday (and some stuff I can't book until I'm in the country), but I fear that it is going to make you shudder...

Paris - Cologne - Warsaw (day to explore)
Warsaw - Kiev (might stay there a little while, never been to Ukraine!)
Kiev - Moscow

Then I'll be staying in Moscow a wee while, and finishing the trip in St. Petersburg. Quite how I'm returning I haven't yet decided, but:
I shall probably get a train/bus across to Tallinn and maybe stay there a couple of days before heading back down to Warsaw where I have a train booked back to Cologne.

Adventure indeed! And even though the travelling itself is going to be pretty arduous, I'm really looking forward to it :)

I did indeed find some reasonably priced flights direct to Moscow with Lufthansa, but the reason for taking the train, aside from the fact I'll get to see some places en route, is that I'm trying not to fly at the moment because of the environmental impact.
(But really it's just a good cover story to get lost in Ukraine before I even make it to Moscow! :) heeee)
Glow* 11 years ago
And train doesn't have environmental impact ?
About environmental questions, I heard that "argentique" photos are bad because of the products used in the develop process.
For me it's difficult to know when to care about pollution issues and when not.
I mean if I did always care, life would be impossible (even breathing you reject CO2), but it's not a reason not to care...that's complicated !
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
The train does have environmental impact, but it doesn't emit as much pollutants & greenhouse gases as an aeroplane, and what it does emit, isn't injected directly into the atmosphere a few kilometres up...

For me, it's all about doing what I can; making small differences, little gestures. I don't live perfectly, but I do try to improve things where I can. I took a flight to Barcelona in May, but I shall be taking the train back to England next weekend. If I were truly dedicated to improving things, I wouldn't make theses journeys at all. But the selfish, adventurous side of me is greater, in that respect, than the eco-friendly side.

As for breathing and things - CO2 in itself is not evil! Plants need CO2 to breathe, in the same way that we need oxygen. It's the excessive amount that we are pumping out which is the problem, coupled with the reduction of natural resources which keeps things balanced - such as deforestation.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Just a note - and this is my field of expertise: I did this calculation for the folks in the office as a joke but it is near to the truth: (from the post)

Recently we have been bombarded by news about how we are mistreating our planet by creating too much CO2 emissions. In the Paris office we have initiated several programs to reduce our CO2 footprint. All in an effort to give mother earth a break. As you know, CO2 is an area of my experience so I thought I might investigate how much we as humans generate…

Given that a certain amount of CO2 weighs a certain amount and we breathe out (during normal activity) around 200mL per minute…it calculates that we generate about 21.55 grams per hour or 517.2 grams per 24 hours or about 188 kg per year….extending that our to a lifetime that is 13 536 kg in a lifetime…

Exercise causes us to generate around 300 + mL / minute or 32.325 grams per hour or about 775.8 grams per 24 hours extended to a year = 283 kg per year…and 20 388 kg in a lifetime.

In a 30 minute nap you reduce your CO2 emissions by 50%, sitting on the couch and watching TV reduces by 25%...and keeping your activity to a minimum and sleeping as much as possible can reduce your overall CO2 profile by 50 kg a year or by 3600 kg over a lifetime.

Message here - let's all do what we can for the environment…do less and sleep more. Please join me in this quest !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
OH - it really is not about how much CO2 we generate - it is about how much CO2 the planet can reconfigure into O2...our footprint if balanced with regenerative mechanisms is not important on it's own.
Glow* 11 years ago
Hehe Collardgreens, I'm joining you !! :D
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
I like what you're saying about the napping, although I'd make a small amendment to the wording of the "watching TV" as that would be burning some fuel somewhere ;) hehehe.

But yes, I realise it's not about what we generate per se; the problem is that at the moment we're adding more into the atmosphere than the planet can reconfigure.
educated boot [deleted] 11 years ago
Completely OT , Phil did you test the 50mm I got you ? ;-)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Eeep, pas de tout! I've been running around like a headless chicken since I picked it up and haven't yet had chance - hopefully find a moment this weekend :)
You get the texto I sent the other day?
educated boot [deleted] 11 years ago
I did indeed but was such a mess yesterday. I didn't even join the Fit guys cos I felt like shite all day long ...
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Shit bro', sorry to hear that. You feeling better now? Gonna have any opportunity to get out with them still?

Quite why I'm writing all this here I don't quite know, but I've started so I'll finish, as Jeremy Paxman would say...
Glow* 11 years ago
I like the running headless chicken idea :D
Hey Julien, are you better now ?
educated boot [deleted] 11 years ago
Yeah all's good. Finally met up with them. A funny bunch to say the least. Great pics in the making (^_^)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Wednesday. July 25, 2007

I managed to get a pass into the Divan du Monde to take some photos of the Andy Yorke & Taxi, Taxi! concert. This was good because not only did I not have to pay for a ticket in, the music was really good, particularly Taxi, Taxi! whose songs were beautiful. I was captivated.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thursday. July 26, 2007

A meal with les colocs and then a quick spin on a vélib down to Alésia for Kezia's leaving party. (And a bourrée ride home!)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
fresh as puma... hmm...
I wanna try being that too! LOL

Russia sounds cool! Can't wait to see pics!

~ a picture, a story
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
I'm so excited about going already! This is going to be a slooooow month to pass until I board the first of those trains... ^_^
eelend PRO 11 years ago
I don't know that "Taxi, taxi!" concert, but I'll look for it (I hope I can listen to it somehow). Looks good.

Russia... can't I go with you? I'm not very tall, you could put me in your rucksack :P

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
They have a couple of songs on their MySpace page, although obviously so much better live!

As for Russia - my rucksack is pretty big so I'm sure we could find some space! Although won't you be floating down the Danube then?
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Friday. July 27, 2007

I'd planned to go down to see Wax Tailor, who was playing at the FNAC Indétendances Festival (as part of Paris Plage); however, after riding around for a year and a day trying to find somewhere to leave the stupid Vélib, I missed him. Still managed to catch the last act, Black Strobe, although they weren't all that...

After some beers by the river we found a great little cocktail bar up near Oberkampf, and then ended up in Nouvelle Casino where we danced the night away to some drum & bass until about 5.30am.

For some reason, when I got home at about 6am I decided that instead of going to bed, it would be a good idea to go for an early morning stroll around the quartier, just as all the guys were setting up the market for the day. Heee.
Glow* 11 years ago
do they do special prices early in the morning ?
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Héhé, I doubt it - they all looked rather miserable!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I really want to interrail my self one day... though I'm well over the "cheap" age fares lol!!

~ a picture, a story
Glow* 11 years ago
interrail? what does it mean ?
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Interrail tickets are train tickets you can buy where you can travel on (pretty much) any train you like for a specific period of time. They're split into 'zones' so you can, for example, buy a two-week ticket for Spain, France and Italy and take the train as much as you like. I think you can buy them for up to a month-long period, and can cover the whole of Europe. Never done it myself, I've always just bought local tickets as and when needed (or hitch-hiked!) but if you're travelling around a lot, particularly in Western Europe, it makes sense :)

Ahhh, you big oldie! Although I guess this is the last year I qualify for such luxuries! But the Russian trip is all just 'solo train' missions - in fact, I don't think I can even buy the Kiev - Moscow ticket until I get to Ukraine... Eeeep! And still haven't decided which way I'm coming back!
eelend PRO 11 years ago
damn it! it's true!

it's unfair :P

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~ Phil Moore (member) 11 years ago
Saturday. July 28, 2007

An early morning stroll

I'm not sure if posting this picture kind-of cheats for this project.

It was taken on Saturday, at dawn.

But for me it was still the Friday night as I got home from the aforementioned drum&bass night, and upon entering my room decided I wasn't quite ready to go to bed yet, and so picked up my camera & tripod and went for a wee wander...

There was the picture from later in the day that I took in a nicely lit tunnel whilst out on my bike, that earned me a near blow to the head with a rock from a threatening tramp (I wasn't even shooting him but he obviously took offence!); but that shot isn't that great - turns out it was nicer in my head...

And in the night there was another party until I-don't-know-what-time, but I didn't bother with the camera.

So yes, this'll do.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
oh fil, it totally counts. haha @ 'nicer in my head'. that happens to me a lot. a whole lot. hahaha. anyway i like *this* one too. the guy here is all distorted in shape and it's interesting
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Hehe, thanks :) And yeah, that 'nicer in my head' thing can suck at times, but also leave you with a lot more good memories ^_^
eelend PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by eelend (member) 11 years ago
i love those "nicer in my head" pics
i have lots of them
and lots of friends asking "why the hell did you shoot that?" hahahaha

eelend's 2007
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
Dragonhide 11 years ago
hahaha "Nicer in my head" I do that all the time.. frustrating isn't it??

Glad you didn't get hit in the head by the rock!

Thanks for the tip on InterRail.. looks interesting.. I wanna do that! :)
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Haven't got a clue why he took offense - maybe he just saw it as 'his' tunnel or something. I guess when you have nothing you get rather attached to things like your surroundings and saw me as invading his personal space or something, even though he was like 30 metres away! Was touch and go as I had to bend down to pick-up my bag with him yielding a rock inches from my head, but ça va.

As for the InterRail - if you intend on travelling around Europe, particularly, it's probably the best way to do it, particularly if you're on a budget as you can arrange to take sleeper trains rather than ho(s)tels, and you get to see soooo much more than just flying from city to city. For me, that's not travelling.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Sunday. July 29, 2007

After riding around with some pôtes and going for a wee wander around the Bassin de la Villette, I finally managed to catch L'image d'après expo at Cinémathèque before it finished. There were some of Abbas' work there, which I first saw in Oslo back in December, and of which I am a great fan.

If I could be a photographer, I'd like to be in his line of work...

"When I grow up, I want to be..."
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
did you like the show ?
I found it a bit disappointing myself
loved the russian guy though
and it's always a pleasure to see somme images of Wender's
Au Fil Du Temps

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
eelend PRO 11 years ago
that's an amazing shot, fil
it looks... Japanese

eelend's 2007
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
I was probably about 50-50 with what I liked and didn't. Wasn't a fan of the big ol' American movie theatre shots just as you walk in, but did like the Abbas, the other set that was further down from his (forgotten names), and although the whole set of the Northern Ireland collection was a bit mundane, certain parts of it stood out.

Thanks! I see what you mean about the Japanese air to it, although in real life, the concrete blocks are far from a nice, serene, wooden Japanese thingy ^_^
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Monday. July 30, 2007

It's a 50mm, but manual focus & manual exposure.

The focus I can deal with, the exposure is going to make life a little more difficult...
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Tuesday. July 31, 2007

A beautiful sunset as I rode & walked from my place to the MK2 at Bibliothèque.

Just a shame Hot Fuzz wasn't as good as my friends made out ^_~
eelend PRO 11 years ago
hey, that's so beautiful
the clouds look trapped in the glasses

have a nice weekend :)

eelend's 2007
sunshinecity 11 years ago
ohh... life on the edge ehi??

omg this last shot is Fu**in excellent!!!
LOVE it! Sublime!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Life on the edge?
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Wednesday. August 1, 2007
Il pleut

No more Versailles! My offices are now based in Paris' 12ème arrondissement, which means that I no longer need to travel to Versailles each morning. Instead, I have a 15 minute ride on a bike.

This makes me a happy Phil.

After work I got a call from a friend who had managed to lock his keys in his appartment. As had his two house-mates.

So we had to break in.

Well, I did.

Climbing up a drainpipe, and then holding on very precariously whilst trying to force open a window.

On the second floor.

I was scared. Very scared.

I've never felt so relieved as when the window finally gave way and I dived in through it.

That could have gone horribly wrong.

~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thursday. August 2, 2007

Another eeep, no photo day.

But I was packing as I would be going straight from work to the Peaks to go climbing for the weekend.

CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Been away a few days and now catching up...last series here really really good Phil. Keys and Paris apartments...got a few stories there myself...and a few from hotel rooms where you step out and the door locks - tell you next time I see you.

Beautiful clouds on MK2 glass.

ItinerArts 11 years ago
Congratulations on the move! I know how the keys-locked-inside experience feels--too well.

Great b&w intersection shot!

~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Thanks guys, for the comments on the photos.

And yeah, the keys thing was silly. I just can't believe that all three of them all forgot their keys on the same day!

CG - Are you going to the Meetup next Monday? I'm hoping I'll be able to make that one...
Glow* 11 years ago
I can't believe it neither ! lol
I'd have called one of those special people who ask you a lot of money to just unlock and open the door :s
I always say to myself I should leave a set of keys to the guardian (I'm not sure it's the right word) but I don't feel comfortable knowing they can get in my flat any time ! :D
eelend PRO 11 years ago
the pic of Aug 1st is wonderful

how was the climbing?

eelend's 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
This is a diary I have not often visited, for which I am sorry. I've just worked my way down the current page, starting with an interesting vanishing perspective, and enjoyed your individual take on Parisian life, velibs, parties, concerts etc. Some great pictures on the way, including Jul 31 and Aug 1 just above. Looking forward to seeing your pics from Russia (with love, I hope).
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Yep - the meetup is in my neighborhood - looking forward.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
The climbing was absolutely fantastic thanks - more to come when I (finally) catch-up with some posts! Needless to say there was plenty of sleep deprivation ;)

Hey Rob - thank you very much for the kind words, glad you found some stuff that you liked. And as for Russia, I'm hoping there will be some good things to be seen too, and some love ;)

Well hopefully see you then, then!
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Friday. August 3, 2007
Eagle's Eye

Back to the Motherland

Jumping on a Eurostar, I had only to sit there, before taking a leisurely stroll across London to catch a coach up to Sheffield for 9.30pm, where a car would be waiting to whisk me away into the Peaks and I would be camping and getting up with the sun.

Or at least that was the plan.

The Eurostar was delayed by an hour and a half, which meant I subsequently missed the coach.
Ready to take the next one, it was held-up even before it arrived, due to the Great British Motorways.
And then the driver didn't have enough hours to drive without taking a break.
And then...

I eventually arrived in Sheffield at 1.30am, where it was too late to head to the campsite, and so I stayed at a friend's place. We eventually got to bed around 3am.

The alarm would be going off at 5am...

Things are never easy ^_~

(But that's what makes them fun.)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oh dear, the Great, British f--- up. Welcome home, Phil.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Indeed! Mais c'est la vie. Eurostar shifted the blame to the folk who operate the Eurotunnel, and National Express (the coach firm) shifted it to 'the motorway'. Ho hum, c'est pas grave. Just very tiring!

But I'm back in the arms of the French bureaucracy now - t'was only a weekend trip.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Saturday. August 4, 2007

Day of Days

The alarm went off at 5am, two hours after crawling into bed.
A short drive later and we were in North Lees in the Peak District.
Seeing Tom's slits-for-eyes as he emerged from the tent was a small consolation for the urge to return to bed.

But by 6am, Bob, Anastasia and I were trekking up to Stanage, where we were afforded stunning views over the Peaks. England really is beautiful in places.

By 6.30, we were hitting our first rock with a spot of bouldering. The day would take us to four crags, and they would each lay claim to some skin and some blood. By the end of the day none of us had any finger-tips left - that gritstone can be tough!
I also did my first Solo - a Severe at Burbage North going by the name of Ash Tree Crack. It's not a great feat, but I have only climbed a hand-full of times in the last year, and this was the first real outdoor since last Summer. And at 14m without ropes, it was enough to give me The Fear!

After a wee nap at the top of the crag at Millstones, we trekked over to Hathersage to gorge on the cake and pint-mugs of tea served at the Outside Café, before heading back to the campsite to erect the tent.

By 8pm we were in the pub ordering some great British fare, and Tom was doling out the prizes.

Twenty hours after getting up I crawled into a sleeping bag, aching, bleeding, grinning and feeling very, very content.

I'd missed this life.
[A small set of the day]
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Most excellent posts!!!

As for Eurail.. I checked in with the wife, and she perked up very excited and said she wanted to do exactly that when she graduated from high school... but ended up going to America instead. So, we have a big trip planning to do.. thanks for the inspiration :)

Aug 1st... Don't tell me, you're into Parkour too?? :-) Sounds like it!

4th- Oh man, what an adventure... Sounds awesome. But yo, be careful... I think ropes are a good thing... :)
Glow* 11 years ago
I like your aug 3rd photo :-)
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