Meetup: Barricade Day 2010 in Paris

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Meetup: Barricade Day 2010 in Paris

Postby Marianne » Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:42 pm

So, as some of you may have noticed on the UK/European tour website or the regionals thread, Les Mis is going to be in Paris from late May to early July 2010. Which means it's going to be in Paris on 5 and 6 June, AKA Barricade Day. And it's at the Théâtre du Châtelet which is in central Paris very close to where most of the book's action takes place, and this is the show's 25th year, and we have an entire year to plan ahead. It's like the stars aligned for a Great Big Fan Meetup in Paris.

If you're at all interested in getting yourself to Paris on the 5th and 6th of June to see the show (it'll be in English btw), meet some other fans, and stand on the real-life actual Pont Notre-Dame imagining a guy in a greatcoat jumping off the quay, please reply to this thread! Even if you're not sure whether you can make it, I'd like to see how many people are interested.

This can be as simple or as elaborate as we want it to be--anything from an unofficial meetup to practically a full-on convention. It'll depend on how many people are interested and what y'all want to do. I'm going to be studying in Paris all year, so I can show people around and translate things and give the real-life version of the Mizzie Tour if desired.

Useful links:

Théâtre du Châtelet's 2009-2010 season - Les Misérables is already listed.

StudentUniverse - Massive discounts on airfare, train fare, hotels, car rentals, etc. for university students and faculty. I love this site; it got me a one-way plane ticket to Paris for about $350 including fees.

Kayak - Discount airfare and price comparison for those not affiliated with an institution of higher education

Budget hotels in Paris - Exactly what it says on the box.
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Postby Gulnare » Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:45 pm

I am definitely interested (seeing as I was planning a trip to Paris next year anyway) but I'm kind of the quiet and unimportant newbie, is that a big problem?
And it really depends on the dates of my exams next year but if I'll be able, I'd love to come :D

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Postby Mamselle Miss » Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:06 pm

I will be there. I'll be doing the passport paperwork next week, and I've already started looking at some hotels. Plus I've got a shiny new guide book that lists Hugo's house and Balzac's!

BTW, thanks for those links Marianne.
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Postby lesmisloony » Sun Jun 21, 2009 12:38 am

I'll say it again here: I'm in if I study abroad next summer, because said study abroad will certainly be in Paris.
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Postby Col.Despard » Sun Jun 21, 2009 1:09 am

I like this idea! It gives me the chance to get my act together, crystalise my vague plans to get back to Europe for a visit, do some basic language classes, possibly persuade my French-speaking sister who has worked in Paris to accompany me (we've spoken of her desire to get back to France for a visit, and her husband works for a French company in Singapore), and justify it all by doing some research in the UK that I've been putting off. I might be able to drag along the BFF, too - she loves travel and literature, and has never been to France.
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Postby MmeJavert » Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:54 am

I of course shall be there even if it is only three days in Paris. :lol:

Sign up for Travelzoo's weekly e-newsletter if you haven't already. Since I've signed up with them about a month or two ago, I keep being advertised less-than-$600 round trip flights to various cities in Europe and... I intend to use one of their deals to go to Paris next year.

There is a small budget-priced hotel near the real-life location of the barricade that I sort of had the idea of staying at. Marianne remembers it better than I do as she actually stayed there but I had the idea that we could all stay there: it's cheap and really, really conveniently placed especially for a convention of LM fangirls. :D
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Postby Charmer.of.the.shadows » Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:58 am

I'm interested. Don't know if my wallet is...

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Postby Marianne » Sun Jun 21, 2009 1:56 pm

Yeah, the Hôtel de la Vallée. It's the kind of place you have to consciously decide to stay in, though; it's in the Rue Saint-Denis right where it intersects what used to be the Rue de la Chanvrerie, which is about as close as you can get to a skeevy neighborhood in central Paris. Not dangerous, but there are porn shops everywhere. The hotel itself is cheap and clean and non-skeevy, but the rooms are tiny and have no amenities and it's full of tiny winding staircases that make big rolling suitcases a huge pain in the ass.
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Postby Mel » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:44 am

I am certainly interested. I had planned to see that production anyway, so yes, I will be there!

ETA: Marianne, last time I was in Paris I did your Les Mis locations tour (your website was an amazingly useful resource, by the way, thank you!) and I'd love a real-life tour version!! That should definitely happen :)

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Postby Col.Despard » Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:51 am

Erm...it findly occurs to tactless here (rushing in merrily where the angels look askance) to ask whether you'd actually mind not only if I barrelled in, but if I did bring BFF in tow? Refusal will not offend!

We were discussing it last night and she's gung-ho. Is already lined up for reading "Fatal Purity" and will follow up on her tentative question of a few weeks ago of "so...should I read Hugo?" If you can endure a couple of cocktail-knocking-back-knockabout-Aussies, we'd build it into a Revolutionary tour, visiting sites connected with Despard in the UK and the usual range of rebel locales in Ireland (if anyone's interested in that leg of it, I have a Dublin mate who's written a slew of books on Irish and maritime history who loves to drag around folks on pub-crawl-history-tours).
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Postby parnasse » Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:10 am

I would love to visit Paris with like minded folks. I've always wanted to go to France anyway, and this would be perfect.

Also, hopefully by next year's time I'll be financially stable and will be able to afford the trip. (:
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Postby sophiedegrouchy » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:39 pm

Ho boy does this sound amazing. My family's been trying to plan some sort of Big Trip to Europe for this summer but it looks like we might not have time, so if I could convince them to wait until next June... My little sister might still have a few days of classes, but I could probably fly out a bit early...

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Postby Marianne » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:55 pm

Col.Despard wrote:Erm...it findly occurs to tactless here (rushing in merrily where the angels look askance) to ask whether you'd actually mind not only if I barrelled in, but if I did bring BFF in tow? Refusal will not offend!


...gbuh? Why would we mind, silly? We've only spent the entire time since your arrival madly fangirling you, your art, your fic, and your nerdiness.

Besides, it's a fandom-meetup-bordering-on-convention--anyone's welcome, and nobody is uninvited unless they pose a safety problem. (I'm thinking people who have stalked actors or made real-life threats here.) Newbies, olbies, people who just happen to be in town... all welcome!
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Postby Lara » Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:45 pm

Ooh! I'm interested but probably not able to go. I'm already going to Scotland that summer (different month but still) by the looks of it.
Oh man, though. That looks like so much fun.

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Postby Col.Despard » Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:47 pm

I'll check with her on the stalking issue, but I think she's safe on that score...she's even more a blank slate than I am :D That's great then - I'll tell her to start reading so she'll get the full experience.

Have checked out courses at Alliance Francaise, and will sign up either in July or end of August. And new savings account.
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