June 1 to 8, 2015 / Paris, France
After our visit to the Moederland, we made our way down to the City of Lights.
Like London, Paris is a city that you think that you know because at every turn there is either a massive monument or an iconic building that you' swear that you've seen before -- now If only there was a French expression for that...
Of course to find art galleries on every corner, view scenic vistas down the river, or to just try and look chic with a cup of coffee on a sidewalk cafe, this is where you want to be.
While here, we managed to visit:
- the Musée d'Orsay, which made a great French Impression; and was good value for the Monet;
- the Musée Carnavalet to learn a bit about the history of the city, especially the Napoleonic era;
- the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, with its buttresses flying and gargoyles glaring;
- Sainte Chappelle, a medieval cathedral with breath-taking stain glass windows;
- the Eiffel Tower, because you just have to; and
- the Palace of Versailles, home to Louis' 14 through 16 until they were evicted.
We also managed to stroll down the Champs-Élysées, take a walk through the Tulleries Gardens, command a toy sail boat in the Luxembourg Gardens, and take a sunset cruise on the Seine. All pretty touristy stuff, I know, but it was amazing to see it finally.
We also enjoyed a nice visit with Jennifer, a schoolmate of mine, and her family in Jointville-le-Pont, a suburb just outside Paris proper. It was so lovely to have a quiet place to retreat to at the end of the day, and our kids enjoyed hanging out with her two children, Theo and Dominique. Thanks again.
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