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August 13, 2012

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Owen Scott

In my six weeks, I was lucky enough to visit Paris twice. The first time I was with my Lyon group in early June, and the second time I was traveling with a group of friends from GTL in mid July. Paris already has some amazing places, but it was truly alive on Bastille Day.

I had expected the amazing fireworks show. The disco theme…that was just awesome. I hadn’t heard some of those songs for a good while (and I was a bit surprised to be hearing them at the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day), but it made the event especially memorable.

I did not just get to see the Eiffel Tower though; I went up it. After waiting in line a few hours, I went up with my group in two sets of elevators to the very top. As you can see above, Paris stretches almost as far…

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August 13, 2012

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Owen Scott

During my first weekend in Europe, I went to Paris with the rest of our Lyon Group as part of our BEST (Biomolecular Engineering Science and Technology) program. This post focuses more on what makes everyday Paris amazing, while my second one on Paris focuses more on Bastille Day festivities and the Eiffel Tower.

First up on our visit was the Pasteur Institute. The whole institute contains Louis Pasteur’s old home (shown above) and a large collection of labs that study diseases. Louis Pasteur is most well-known for curing rabies, but he is also known as the father of germ theory (the idea that microorganisms are the cause of many diseases). Inside, we got to see not only his house but also a significant part of what he used in his lab. They even had some of what they said were his original samples of diseases in their original containers…

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August 13, 2012

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Owen Scott

My program did an excellent job showing me some unique places in Europe, but, on my other weekends, I did get to go to a lot of other amazing places. This post will briefly cover parts of Rome, Munich, Marseilles, and Geneva.

First, I got to visit the Colosseum as shown above. Apparently, there was a way to actually go to the lower level, but my group was not there long enough to try to figure it out. As another note to future travelers to Rome, it was extremely hot when we went (a dry, intense heat kind of like it can be in Texas). As I walked the streets of Rome, the gelato stores everywhere were a welcome respite, and the gelato was incredible. Because of how friendly (and very Italian) the owner was, I feel confident recommending a gelato place called Valentino’s that we found on our way…

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August 8, 2012

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Owen Scott

Value the journey, not the destination. While I have heard many quotes to that effect, I had never quite experienced it so literally. In this journey, I met some amazing people and saw some amazing places I never would have seen in my original plan.

This is not a post about Rome. This is a post about my trip to get there. My original travel plans took me on the following route: lyon-geneva-domodossola-milan centrale-Rome Tiburtina. The wait times between stops for each change were 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 45 minutes. I expected the 5 minutes might be pushing it but those were the times that seemed to work best.

My first train was supposed to leave Lyon at 4:38 PM. Unfortunately, it arrived 10 minutes late to Lyon. I was a little nervous, but I figured that the train might try to make up a little time on the…

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August 8, 2012

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Owen Scott

Our whole BEST Lyon Group got to go down into the Large Hadron Collider at CERN! They clean one eighth of it at a time, and here I am right in front of it. Of course, they do not keep it open to the air during cleaning, but I trust the picture behind me to be accurate.

For those who have not heard of CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, or, in English, European Organization for Nuclear Research) or the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), they are basically used to study the particles that make up our world and their interactions. The LHC uses electricity to slowly add energy to beams of atoms. It uses magnets to guide these particle streams around a giant circle, the LHC. By providing enough little bumps of energy, these particles accelerate to extreme speeds. Colliding particle streams going opposite directions creates conditions of such…

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August 8, 2012

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My first week in Lyon was learning about what would be my home for the next six weeks.  To travel the city, everyone in our Lyon group bought a metro pass (covering tram, metro, and funicular lines) using our student cards that CPE Lyon had provided for us.

As a group, we were given a tour of Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) and Fourviere (a hill with a beautiful view of the city). Just to give you an idea of how the city looks, Lyon has grown from West to East across the Rhone and Saone rivers. You can see this in the picture below by just looking at the architecture of the buildings. This picture was taken from the West on top of Fourviere.

Here, I also saw the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere, which would be the first of many impressive churches I would see in Europe. A good bit…

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