Oh wow! Paris. Paris. Paris. I guess the best place to start is day one (I know what you're thinking - she's really going to do this day by day? It's going to take forever! Well, I'll try not to be too boring, deal?).
Paris Day One:
Paris Day One:
- Overnight flight lands in Paris at 9:30am (3:30am NY time).
- The Notre Dame. Beautiful, no surprise.
- Archeological crypt. Let's be honest, it was boring. There's a little place called Rome that kinda puts this crypt to shame.
- Deportation Memorial (for 200,000 French victims of the Nazi concentration camps). Sad and quiet.
- Souvenirs at the Left Bank Booksellers. Fun.
- A short walk along the Seine River. Same color as the Hudson - aw.
- Shakespeare and Company Bookstore. Loved it, of course.
- A midwest choral concert at St Severin. Those kids from Iowa can sing!
- Observation of peaceful riot action in front of St. Michael. Good times. We all want a more unified France, don't we?
- A walk around the Latin Quarter.
- Oh my stained glass! at Sainte-Chapelle. BEAUTIFUL.
- Historical prison Conciergerie. The last place Marie hung out before she lost her noggin.
- Lots more walking and seeing of cool things that I'm probably forgetting that led us to the...
- LOUVRE! I saw with my very own eyes:
- Venus de Milo
- Winged Victory of Samothrace
- Mona Lisa (you can say she's small, but I was starstruck - a true masterpiece!)
- The Raft of Medusa
- And many, many, many other pieces of amazing art! Then...
- The Eiffel Tower! (yes, this is still day one. I know.) Much cooler from a distance, but we still went up because, hey, we're in Paris!
- Smooching in Champs de Mars while we watch the sparkling (it sparkles!) Eiffel Tower.
- Falling dead asleep in teensy hotel room.
Voici les photos!
Say I'm from America!
Wait in line and look up.
St. Denis: first bishop of Paris, decapitated in 257 AD and supposedly walked 4 miles with his head in his hands before collapsing
Flying buttresses, anyone?
New York definitely needs more accordions.
200,000 little lights; each one for a life lost.
Can I take a nap on your books?
Que La Lumière Soit:
Sainte-Chapelle stained glass depicts over 1,100 Biblical scenes.
Can you find her name?
Say I'm a tourist!
Wow. Hi there. Just in case you didn't believe me. I really did see her.
When Abbie gets grumpy, stick something covered in Nutella in her mouth.
Okay, now I need to unpack, do some laundry and take care of the month old layer of dust covering our apartment.