My Steampunk Dream Trip
What better place for a steampunk enthusiast to go than France! Birthplace of Jules Verne, home of the Eiffel Tower, Museums, Art and Industry! Disneyland Paris with the Nautilus! Mechanical elephants!
So for my fiftieth birthday we are making a journey to
Paris. Thanks to my husband's work, he
had a bunch of airline miles and hotel points, so we got the basics taken care
of. It won't be a luxury trip, but if
nothing else we are going to kick around the city of lights for a week.
I love traveling and what little of it that I've done in
Europe was amazing. I was there briefly
when I was about six, of which I remember almost nothing. Then back in 1993, I went on a trip to
Angouleme France for a bande desinee (comic book) convention. That is a long and bizarre tale for another
time. It turned out to be one of the
coldest winters in recorded history and I don't deal with cold well so I was
pretty miserable. I got to spend a very
surreal week in Paris afterward but I had a terrible head cold by that point
and my host was overly fond of Chinese food so I had a lot of hot and sour
soup. I have always wanted to go back
and see Paris properly.
Why am I telling you all this? Because I'd like to ask you for a little
help. For the past six years, I have
been working on Steamcon pretty much full time.
I do enjoy it, but it takes up a lot of my time and creativity, leaving
me with little to spare for myself. If
you appreciate all that hard work and you can spare it, I'd love it if you
would contribute to my trip fund. I will
completely understand if you don't want to.
I really don't even like to ask, but if I don't, I'll never know.
The way I see it, I have some very basic goals that I will meet and if I get funded I'll keep adding slightly bigger goals. I'll take lots and lots of pictures and I promise to blog about the entire trip when I return so you can live vicariously through me.
The biggest expense is a trip to Nantes to visit the Jules
Verne Museum and the Machines de L'ile.
It requires a train trip and an extra hotel night, but the museum is a
must and seeing the mechanical animals up close and personal would be a dream
Then, if we raise enough extra I would truly love to dine at the Jules Verne Restaurant inside the Eiffel Tower. It is an expensive meal even at lunch, but it seems so appropriate.
So here are my thoughts on the trip and how things can
expand if folks are willing to help us out.
· Basic trip "“ do walking tours around the city. Eiffel Tower etc. Munch croissants. Sit in sidewalk cafes.
· Visit the Musee des Arts et Metiers and the steampunk Metro station.
· Possibly visit the Musee des Arts Forain (Carnival Arts)
· A day at Paris Disneyland and especially the Jules Verne portion.
· A train trip to Nantes to visit the Jules Verne Museum and visit Machines de L'ile. Ride the Mechanical Elephant!
· Lunch at the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffel Tower on my birthday or if expenses allow dinner instead.
· Or Dinner at Le Train Bleu, a breathtakingly beautiful restaurant.
I am sure I will come up with a few other fun ideas. If you can help out, I'd be ever so grateful. If you have ever wanted to go to Paris or you are curious about the steampunk aspects, this is a great chance to assist with a dream. While I really can't offer incentives for donating, I do pledge that the person that donates the most will earn a special keepsake from my Paris trip!