1. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    So yesterday I went to Paris. It was a sunny day in general but not as warm as it could be.

    We're exploring the different popular areas of Paris at the moment. Yesterday we went to the 4th arrondissement and the Marais district within it. The Marais is the Jewish quarter, gay friendly, fashionable, trendy, village area of Paris. Not sure about the village feel.

    Now, for those not familiar with France, a lot of things are typically closed on Sundays and lots on Mondays as well. Even in Paris. It's only been recently that shops in tourist areas are being allowed to open on Sunday. There's been a long struggle about Sunday shopping in France. So the Marais is one of the areas in Paris that has shops open. Though I'm sure there's others.

    On Sunday mornings you typically find bread shops and some small grocery stores open for half a day or depending where you are in France possibly longer. Cafes and restaurants are open on Sundays as well as cinemas. Also you'll find markets open on Sunday mornings as well, if there is a market on.

    The Marais district is nice. I took some pics which I'll post soon. It's a nice area in general. Lots of shops, restaurants and so on. One of the big things people go there for is the Jewish food and most specifically, falafel. There's an on going argument in who has the best falafel in Paris. This one place lays claim to it and I've yet to try it. We plan to soon.

    So we went to the Marais for lunch, to another Jewish restaurant that does stuffed pita but it unfortunately didn't turn out to be that great. We got recommended the place from an acquaintance who is also a tour guide.

    We went to the Picasso Museum, a boutique eclair place and the Swedish Institute and oddly, a bread festival which we stumbled upon. Along with just simply wandering around. Also due to where our train lets us off, we went by Notre Dame. We catch a train which is a short drive nearby and takes us into the heart of Paris in 45 minutes.

    So was a great day with some slight disappointment. We have a lot more to explore. Paris has 20 arrondissements. They start off in the centre and wind their way around like a snail shape going in a clockwise direction. I live in Ile de France, which some people consider Paris, but to most, Paris is the 20 arrondissements, especially to those who live there. However, like New York, London, Toronto, etc. Paris is getting bigger if you include the surrounding suburbs. If you only think of the 20 arrondissements then it's a fairly small place with a high density of people.
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    05-13-2019 02:59 AM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    So yesterday I went to Paris. It was a sunny day in general but not as warm as it could be.

    We're exploring the different popular areas of Paris at the moment. Yesterday we went to the 4th arrondissement and the Marais district within it. The Marais is the Jewish quarter, gay friendly, fashionable, trendy, village area of Paris. Not sure about the village feel.

    Now, for those not familiar with France, a lot of things are typically closed on Sundays and lots on Mondays as well. Even in Paris. It's only been recently that shops in tourist areas are being allowed to open on Sunday. There's been a long struggle about Sunday shopping in France. So the Marais is one of the areas in Paris that has shops open. Though I'm sure there's others.

    On Sunday mornings you typically find bread shops and some small grocery stores open for half a day or depending where you are in France possibly longer. Cafes and restaurants are open on Sundays as well as cinemas. Also you'll find markets open on Sunday mornings as well, if there is a market on.

    The Marais district is nice. I took some pics which I'll post soon. It's a nice area in general. Lots of shops, restaurants and so on. One of the big things people go there for is the Jewish food and most specifically, falafel. There's an on going argument in who has the best falafel in Paris. This one place lays claim to it and I've yet to try it. We plan to soon.

    So we went to the Marais for lunch, to another Jewish restaurant that does stuffed pita but it unfortunately didn't turn out to be that great. We got recommended the place from an acquaintance who is also a tour guide.

    We went to the Picasso Museum, a boutique eclair place and the Swedish Institute and oddly, a bread festival which we stumbled upon. Along with just simply wandering around. Also due to where our train lets us off, we went by Notre Dame. We catch a train which is a short drive nearby and takes us into the heart of Paris in 45 minutes.

    So was a great day with some slight disappointment. We have a lot more to explore. Paris has 20 arrondissements. They start off in the centre and wind their way around like a snail shape going in a clockwise direction. I live in Ile de France, which some people consider Paris, but to most, Paris is the 20 arrondissements, especially to those who live there. However, like New York, London, Toronto, etc. Paris is getting bigger if you include the surrounding suburbs. If you only think of the 20 arrondissements then it's a fairly small place with a high density of people.
    I can't wait to see your pictures from Paris.

    How cool was the temperature? It has been chilly here for the past several days.
    05-13-2019 03:12 AM
  3. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I can't wait to see your pictures from Paris.

    How cool was the temperature? It has been chilly here for the past several days. [IMG=678x1024]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190513/ad6632e71c1c9fc870d01249404bd86a.jpg[/url]
    Yesterday got up to 16C but the wind was chilly and when the sun went it was cold.

    Last week we had a polar vortex. Got down to 6C during the day and some areas had snow and frost.

    Had lots of rain as well. This week is looking decent but really looking forward to warmer weather.
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    05-13-2019 03:34 AM
  4. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Yesterday got up to 16C but the wind was chilly and when the sun went it was cold.

    Last week we had a polar vortex. Got down to 6C during the day and some areas had snow and frost.

    Had lots of rain as well. This week is looking decent but really looking forward to warmer weather.
    Ugh, that sounds like the weather we've had here. Saturday was the only day last week that it didn't rain. It got up to 25°C on Thursday, but it poured all day. Otherwise, it's only gotten up to around 8-10°C.
    05-13-2019 03:39 AM
  5. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    So pictures.

    To start, this is the Centre Pompidou. It's the modern/contemporary art museum. It's famous for it's inside out look. We walked from the train station towards the Marais district.

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    So this is a pic from lunch. Yes that's a head of cauliflower. Apparently it was supposed to be 'amazing' but it wasn't and neither was our experience here. Aside from the lack luster cauliflower, when we went to order it turned out they only had half the pitas available. Keeping in mind they just opened for lunch.

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    So just some pics of the local area.

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    This is a market in the Marais district. If you know your French, yes it says Market of Red Children. It mostly has cafes in it now but you can buy some fresh produce as well. Pretty small.

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    Next is the Swedish Institute cafe. We went there to compare it to the Finnish one that's in another arrondissement near the university. The Finnish one is better but this had a nice outdoor area.

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    Next came the boutique eclair shop. We've been here before and unfortunately this was slightly disappointing as well. Either they were old or their quality has slipped. Either way it wasn't worth the price.

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    We ate the elcairs in a park next to the Picasso museum. So that's where we went next. Again, maybe because I've seen some great exhibitions I was slightly disappointed.

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    05-13-2019 06:14 AM
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    We started to make our way to Notre Dame and passed St. Paul's Cathederal.

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    On the Marais side of the Seine river there's a market. This was a flower and bird market. I find captive birds depressing.

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    We then crossed over to the island which is where Notre Dame is but saw this area here with cafes next to the Seine. I think this is new.

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    05-13-2019 06:20 AM
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    Another bridge before Notre Dame. That's the City Hall or Hotel de Ville.

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    So lastly, Notre Dame. If you look closely at one of the pictures which shows the scaffolding you can make out the peak of the roof line. It gives you and idea of whats missing. The scaffolding was in place prior to the fire.

    We took pictures from the backside of the cathedral as it's blocked off all the way around it by barriers.

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    05-13-2019 06:29 AM
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    Last bit of interest. It's a bit hard to capture this correctly. This is the route we walked. The yellow marker is Notre Dame. The red line shows our travels. We walked over 6kms (over 4 miles)

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    05-13-2019 07:08 AM
  10. libra89's Avatar
    I'm not sure what kind of podcasts you like. However, my recommendation for a podcast app is Pocket Casts. I use it to listen to my favourite podcasts.
    Thank you! I recently started using Pocket Casts and I even bought the version that plays in the browser.
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    05-13-2019 07:39 AM
  11. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Thank you! I recently started using Pocket Casts and I even bought the version that plays in the browser.
    I'm currently checking out Podcast Republic. It's got way more features (tonnes more) than I need but it's got a nice interface. There's a free and ad free available. It's also has a website where you can continue to listen to a podcast if you want that.

    There's also another one I'm looking at called Laughable but not sure I'll keep it.

    Spotify is OK but I no longer have a premium account so it's not the best thing for me.
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    05-13-2019 08:44 AM
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    I'm currently checking out Podcast Republic. It's got way more features (tonnes more) than I need but it's got a nice interface. There's a free and ad free available. It's also has a website where you can continue to listen to a podcast if you want that.

    There's also another one I'm looking at called Laughable but not sure I'll keep it.

    Spotify is OK but I no longer have a premium account so it's not the best thing for me.
    Nice! I hope that one will work for you. I can understand how you feel about Spotify. I tried it and I dislike for podcasts because you can't rearrange it as well. I can't just play one episode from a podcast, it starts playing the other ones too. In the podcast apps I have tried, it isn't an issue like it is on Spotify.

    Also the quirk of having to open an episode to mark it as played if I remember correctly is eh.
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    05-13-2019 08:54 AM
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    Nice! I hope that one will work for you. I can understand how you feel about Spotify. I tried it and I dislike for podcasts because you can't rearrange it as well. I can't just play one episode from a podcast, it starts playing the other ones too. In the podcast apps I have tried, it isn't an issue like it is on Spotify.

    Also the quirk of having to open an episode to mark it as played if I remember correctly is eh.
    I still have to set things up. I was looking at reviews and this one came up as being one of the better ones available. I looked at others too.

    Pocket Casts was rated highly but apparently a lot of people are unhappy with the latest update so I decided to avoid it.

    There was another one I was interested in as well but similar issue where they updated the interface and people got upset.

    I can appreciate that devs want to keep things fresh but they shouldn't mess with things too much.

    This one I have does way more than I need, as I stated. Never needed to take notes of podcasts or save bits of them. My wife would probably like those features.
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    05-13-2019 09:11 AM
  14. raycpl's Avatar
    Moved my SD memory card from my 950XL to the Nokia.8.1... things are getting serious!!!
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    05-14-2019 09:06 AM
  15. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Oneplus 7/7 Pro, eh?

    Heh.
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    05-14-2019 09:38 PM
  16. libra89's Avatar
    Whew, one class finally down and another to go. So tired and so many OnePlus videos that I'm trying to binge but I think I might just let them play (on mute) because I don't have the energy for this and I have other things to finally watch.

    This time, I didn't have to take any time off to do work. Wow.*

    *= To be fair, group projects reduced the need for this.
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    05-14-2019 09:48 PM
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    Oneplus 7/7 Pro, eh?

    Heh.
    I feel like I have an idea on your thoughts on this and I get it.
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    05-14-2019 09:51 PM
  18. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I feel like I have an idea on your thoughts on this and I get it.
    It's not for me.
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    05-14-2019 10:52 PM
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    It's not for me.
    Gotcha. I figured as much considering that it is OnePlus.
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    05-15-2019 07:31 AM
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    Heard something that has me questioning things
    I'm starting to wonder if my ex was onto something or that this was by chance...
    05-15-2019 05:44 PM
  21. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Gotcha. I figured as much considering that it is OnePlus.
    It's not for me because simply it's not any improvement over either the V35/G7 and nowhere near the Mate 20 Pro in my current stable.

    Has nothing to do with the stuff the company does that still irks me, as I like their 6/6T from a hardware perspective.
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    05-15-2019 06:16 PM
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    It's not for me because simply it's not any improvement over either the V35/G7 and nowhere near the Mate 20 Pro in my current stable.

    Has nothing to do with the stuff the company does that still irks me, as I like their 6/6T from a hardware perspective.
    Noted. I would agree with that actually. Speaking of, how's the Mate 20 Pro been so far?
    05-15-2019 06:29 PM
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    Noted. I would agree with that actually. Speaking of, how's the Mate 20 Pro been so far?
    Dunno yet.

    Have a wedding upcoming on Memorial weekend to test the camera out at. I like the internals and the screen. The in-hand feel for me sucks but does get better in the case. Even though the XZ3 has a curved screen, I like its feel more. I also like the V40's in hand feel better. I gotta two hand this phone without a case as it's so narrow.

    I'm indifferent about the UDFPS. It works fine; I just prefer the rear mounted ones as I have to be more deliberate with it. I'm back to using plastic screen protectors, which I don't like, as tempered glass doesn't play nice with these crop of UDFPS. Will never use face unlock; notch doesn't bother me. Audio via USB-C is typical ****ty Huawei. The stock launcher annoys me but I'm using it - no Nova, no Niagara.

    I just know it's a bit too tall and narrow for my liking to be a daily driver. It's one of the reasons why I don't own a S8/S9 model. I think the G7 width is just wide enough (S10 is now in this ballpark). It's nice, but I still wished it was a Mate RS.

    Gonna get a nano SD card for more storage. Not really keeping a lot of stuff on it as I'm using it for the cameras.
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    05-15-2019 08:19 PM
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    05-15-2019 10:18 PM
  25. libra89's Avatar
    This is very interesting but I can generally get that it is a thing considering that some people believe that if you don't post it on social media, you didn't really do it.

    It is kinda sad that if someone forgot their wearable, it's a wrap.
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    05-16-2019 07:40 AM
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