Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Our trip in pictures - part II - Paris

We headed out to Paris on the eve of my birthday, so that we can spend the 26th time that day came around in my favorite city in the world. We were awfully excited about taking the train through the channel, but were mostly disappointed with that part of the trip - we slept right through that! The part for which we were both awake we saw the most beautiful countryside, both British and French.
The view outside our room
The Louvre
One of the most amazing places in all of Paris (albeit with ginormous lines and steep admission price) - L'Oramgerie designed specifically to house Monet's waterlilies. And we're talking two big oval rooms with four giant canvases of just waterlilies (done at different times of day). I could've stayed there all day!
My first (of oh-so-many) creme brulee
Z was really excited to be on top of the Arc de Triomphe, can you tell?!
I'm a little bit (just a tad) obsessed with stained-glass windows and cathedrals - the first one is Notre Dame and the second is Sainte-Chapelle, but very beautiful, although so different!
Outside of Jardin de Luxembourg, so pretty!
Z really liked Pantheon with its Fucault's pendulum
One of my favorite places in Paris - Musee D'Orsay
Biking to Giverny - the French countryside is so peaceful and quiet! Monet's house and garden are a must see for anybody!
Another one of my favorite places in Paris - the Notre Dame cathedral
The amazing Chagall ceiling in Paris' Opera Garnier - love it!
The beautiful roof of the Galleries Lafayette - sadly we didn't spend much time doing any actual shopping there
One evening, we decided to go on a boat tour along the river Seine, it was really nice to see everything from a different perspective
Champagne tasting, hey, why not?!
The Notre Dame cathedral in Reims with its stained-glass windows by none other than Marc Chagall!!
This was our last attempt at being tourists. We have a picture similar to this from the last time we were in Paris, five years ago, so we had to recreate it. Right after this picture was taken, we headed back to the hotel to pick up our bags and off to the airport.

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