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Buzzfeed Provides a Parisian’s Guide to Paris

The list of things to do in Paris posted in Buzzfeed all look spectacular.  I’d certainly want to do stuff more off the beaten path when going back (and it will be a WHEN, not an IF).  I have visited a few of these previously (Visiting the Musee D’Orsay, Pere Lachaise Cemetery) but many I haven’t.  I’ve linked to the Buzzfeed article if you click on the picture below, but I’ve also listed out the things they recommend just in case the link dies in the interim before heading back to Paris!

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  1. The Marché des Enfants Rouges
  2. The Jardin du Luxembourg (did it!)
  3. The Arab World Institute
  4. The Jardin des plantes
  5. The Great Mosque of Paris
  6. The Coulée Verte
  7. Les Déserteurs
  8. The Palais de Tokyo
  9. The Communist Party Headquarters
  10. Saint-Ouen Flea Market
  11. The Aligre Market
  12. Du Pain et des Idées
  13. The Canal Saint-Martin (I remember this from Amelie)
  14. The Comptoir Général
  15. The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
  16. The Church of Saint-Serge
  17. Rue Crémieux
  18. Rue Montorgueil
  19. Le Bon Marché
  20. Passafe Jouffroy
  21. Le Grand Rex
  22. The French National Library and its Neighborhood
  23. Breizh Café
  24. The Musée d’Orsay (did it!)
  25. The Palais Royal (did it ….in Assassin’s Creed Unity)
  26. Merci
  27. The Galerie Vivienne
  28. The Passage des Panoramas
  29. Jacques Génin
  30. The Opéra Garnier
  31. Pére Lachaise Cemetery (been there!)
  32. The Riverfront (of course I’ve been there)
  33. Molitor
  34. L’Avant-Comptoir
  35. Villa Léandre

h/t to Buzzfeed as I clearly would have no idea what these are on my own.  I so want to though!

Also, in other news, NBCU is throwing a West Coast company-wide Christmas party at the Universal Studios Theme Park tonight.  Here’s hoping it’s a fun night where we get free reign in the park!  Pictures to come tomorrow.

Day 4: Paris & Nighttime Taxi

(2014 Note:  These pages are transfers from my original site so I can better view the many pictures I have from that trip and so it’s searchable within WordPress Search. Here’s a link to the original page!)

Day4Oui Oui, we were in Paris! (If you read that with a French accent, it totally rhymed). As you may have read from Day 3’s recap of events, we spent most of the night before traveling from London over to Paris, and didn’t get to sleep seriously until about 3:30am. So would you want to wake up at 8 or 9 the next morning? Yeah, didn’t think so. Unfortunately, we really needed to get our asses out of bed at that time, as we were meeting up with Jeff’s friend Brian (the one who was supposed to get reenlisted on the beaches of Normandy) and his wife Shannon that morning. They had decided to just come to Paris for the weekend so they could still visit with Jeff (and Susan and I, by virtue of us all being a group) anyways, and they were taking the Eurostar train in from London that morning. The plan had been to meet up at the Gare du Nord (which is the train station that services the UK) when their train arrived…. and when we finally woke up around 12 noon, well, yeah, it became obvious that we had missed that meeting. Oops. So we scrambled to get ourselves up and ready, with Jeff getting up first so he could go and meet up with them downstairs in the lobby. We all eventually got our act together and the day began, albeit late!

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So once Susan and I went on downstairs to the lobby, we met Brian and Shannon. They’re both very cool folks who are stationed in England now. Obviously meeting new people can be hit or miss, but as the next few days revealed, we would get along great and I definitely think that I made some good friends, even in only a few days. Anyways, back to the travelogue (just be aware that in addition to Susan and Jeff, I’ll be tossing out the names Brian and Shannon!).

We ended up finally getting out to the streets of Paris around 12:30 or so, and needless to say, the three of us were STARVING. So first order of business was finding a place to eat – fortunately in Paris, you can’t walk very far without walking by a cafe or restaurant of some sort, and about a block away we saw a place that had meat, so that won! We did find that the staff spoke minimal English, so it was time to break out the French phrase guide – and amazingly, I didn’t do that bad a job of getting the bare French essentials out. Eventually, both Jeff and I were pretty decent at communicating the basics, which is a true testament to the Rick Steves’ phrase book. Again, that man rules.

After having lunch and the ability to get to know Brian and Shannon a bit more, it was time to see some Parisian sights! We first walked down to Gare Saint Lazare (in English, that’s St. Lazare Train Station), sort of the long way in, as we managed to walk right into the main train platforms of the train station. After finding our way to the central lobby of the Gare, we then picked up our 3-day Metro Paris Visite card and headed on the very efficient Paris Metro system over to La Cite, which is the little island in the middle of the Seine. It’s also where the world-famous Notre Dame resides!

We made our way over there and got in, and of course, Notre Dame never fails to impress. Click here for Wikipedia Notre Dame goodness, although if it’s pictures you seek, look no further than below. It truly is a magnificent cathedral, both from the outside and once you go inside. The amazingly gothic construction and the fantastic stained glass, particularly the Rose, are wondrous. During this visit, we also were there during a mass, which is always an amazing thing to witness, especially in such a historical, ancient structure. What was cool, specifically in Paris, was that Rick Steves created some iPod Podcasts that you listen to while walking around certain attractions (Notre Dame, Versailles, the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay), which I did while in Notre Dame. It adds a little bit more to the whole experience, and it provided me more justification for buying my new iPod. Anyways, after seeing the inside, we decided to also go up to the towers of Notre Dame; unfortunately for us, by this time it was just about 4:00pm and that’s when they cut the line off. Bummer – it’s quite a view and to see the gargoyles up close is pretty cool. Instead, we went to the nearby cafe and everyone but me got crepes! I tried one of the Nutella ones that Susan had and I after the second bite, realized that I am ALLERGIC to Nutella. While my throat started closing up, I started drinking tons of water to wash out my mouth, and eventually my allergic reaction subsided. Crepes no more!

One thing I didn’t know about the plaza in front of Notre Dame: it has what’s called the Zero Point of Paris, which is basically the geograhical center of Paris. See pics below! And then we visited the Archaeological crypt right in that same plaza, thinking it was the same crypts that Melissa had told us were a ‘must-see’. This was the wrong one. Still kinda neat, but kinda eh.

Anyways, here are the pics. There are lots for Day 4, so pace yourself.

March 30, 2007: Meeting Up with Brian & Shannon; Notre Dame and Environs

Shannon and Brian at the lunch cafe
Shannon and Brian at the lunch cafe30-Mar-2007 14:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Susan and Jeff
Susan and Jeff30-Mar-2007 14:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Me at the Gare Saint Lazare
Me at the Gare Saint Lazare30-Mar-2007 15:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 187
 
There's the gang walking up ahead in the Gare
There's the gang walking up ahead in the Gare30-Mar-2007 15:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Here's the La Cite Paris Metropolitan station - so French
Here's the La Cite Paris Metropolitan station - so French30-Mar-2007 15:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 283
30-Mar-2007 15:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
 
30-Mar-2007 15:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.002 sec
Widescreen view of Notre Dame
Widescreen view of Notre Dame30-Mar-2007 15:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Ah, Notre Dame!
Ah, Notre Dame!30-Mar-2007 07:42, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
30-Mar-2007 07:43, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 125
30-Mar-2007 07:43, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 125
Susan and Jeff
Susan and Jeff30-Mar-2007 07:43, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
Pointing - see, there it is!
Pointing - see, there it is!30-Mar-2007 15:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
It truly is an imposing cathedral
It truly is an imposing cathedral30-Mar-2007 15:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Looking from the plaza away from Notre Dame - French and tourists alike
Looking from the plaza away from Notre Dame - French and tourists alike30-Mar-2007 15:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 

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After the impressive sight that is Notre Dame, we all headed along the Seine next to Notre Dame, which is where you can truly get a great sense of the gothic architecture and the flying buttresses (heh heh). We then veered across the bridge to the Left Bank of Paris, which is where the more artsy, hippie, and basically fun part of Paris resides. It’s here where we had a great dinner, followed by going back to the hotel. We then had a chance to rest up before embarking upon what was to be one of the coolest things we did during the trip (and an awesome recommended trip idea by Rick Steves – and next time you’re in Paris, you HAVE to do it): a chartered nighttime taxi trip around Paris’ most amazing sights.

March 30, 2007: Strolling Past Notre Dame and Over to the Left Bank; Dinner!

The heavily gothic Notre Dame
The heavily gothic Notre Dame30-Mar-2007 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Notre Dame
Notre Dame30-Mar-2007 17:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
ME
ME30-Mar-2007 17:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 
The Rose window from outside
The Rose window from outside30-Mar-2007 17:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
30-Mar-2007 09:20, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
Jeff and the Rose
Jeff and the Rose30-Mar-2007 09:20, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
Iconic shot of Notre Dame's rear
Iconic shot of Notre Dame's rear30-Mar-2007 17:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Getting the point
Getting the point30-Mar-2007 17:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
The WWII imprisonment memorial
The WWII imprisonment memorial30-Mar-2007 17:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
Shannon and the beautiful Left Bank
Shannon and the beautiful Left Bank30-Mar-2007 17:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Found a purple shop - had to take a photo with Susan!
Found a purple shop - had to take a photo with Susan!30-Mar-2007 17:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
Me and my heritage
Me and my heritage30-Mar-2007 18:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
I'm not the first to pioneer pointing as this restaurant ceiling glass shows
I'm not the first to pioneer pointing as this restaurant ceiling glass shows30-Mar-2007 18:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 400
Self portrait of the group eating dinner
Self portrait of the group eating dinner30-Mar-2007 19:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 400
30-Mar-2007 19:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 400
 

day4_taxi

In the Rick Steves Paris book, he suggests an awesome thing to do: charter a cab for 2 hours and have the cabby drive you around Paris, at night, and stop at all the beautiful monuments when they’re illuminated. And let me tell you, after doing it, I can only say that you HAVE to do this. But since this isn’t just a photo journal, of course I’ll have to tell you the story of everything!

First, it was ‘fun’ to just get a damn cab. Not many cabs are going to be able to fit 5 people – unless you charter a limo or something. Fortunately our concierge took a liking to us and helped me order a cab big enough. He got in touch with a cab company that definitely caters to tourists who want to do something like this. Rick Steves advocated for only an hour or so, but based on this experience, that is FAR too little time. We actually didn’t even make it to all the stops he suggests and we chartered the cab for TWO hours. Anyways, I jump ahead. It was well worth the price to charter the cab though, as if your cab driver is cool, as ours was, he will usually stop right at the monument and let you get out and just wait for you. These guys aren’t afraid of no meter maid! So our guy came and picked us up at the hotel in a minibus and off we were! I’ve modified a hella-ghetto map to give you an idea of what our route approximated. On the map are 5 numbers indicating where we stopped and to also help identify where we took pictures in the sections below.

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The route begins at the spot marked “OUR HOTEL” and follows the light purple path (in honor of Suzanne – Susan’s French name given to her by our taxi driver!) first. So where did our cab driver (whose name I can NOT remember now!) take us first? Well, we first worked our way through the Montmartre section of Paris down to the Champs Elysees, the grand Boulevard of Paris. There’s quite a bit of history to this street in addition to it being the premier shopping area of Paris. Read more about the Champs Elysees here if you’re so inclined. With it being a Friday night, this street was pretty crowded and hectic, but it made it that much more exciting to drive down it. We were headed towards the Arc de Triomphe, which you can’t help but see as you drive in its direction. One thing that I had not yet done in any of my trips was actually drive around the Arc in its ridiculously huge traffic circle – I think it’s 12 lanes wide, which is if you actually could see lanes. The traffic here somehow knows how to function, which is good. Our driver helpfully stopped on the perimeter of the traffic circle for our first stop (#1 above) and where we took our first set of pictures!

Nighttime Taxi Tour Stop #1: The Arc de Triomphe

Driving down the Champs Elysees towards the Arc
Driving down the Champs Elysees towards the Arc30-Mar-2007 21:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
30-Mar-2007 21:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 315
There's the Arc
There's the Arc30-Mar-2007 21:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
 
30-Mar-2007 13:45, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 400
ME at the Arc
ME at the Arc30-Mar-2007 21:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
Susan and Jeff
Susan and Jeff30-Mar-2007 21:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
 
Shannon and Brian
Shannon and Brian30-Mar-2007 21:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
Our group shot
Our group shot30-Mar-2007 21:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
The magnifique Arc de Triomphe!
The magnifique Arc de Triomphe!30-Mar-2007 21:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
 

From the Arc our cabby then drove us back along the Champs Elysees (on the map it’s the cerulean blue color) in the opposite direction and towards the end of the boulevard, which is the giant intersection called the Place de la Concorde. In the middle of this mass of road collusion is an ancient Egyptian obelisk which is hard to miss at any time of day. Our cab driver then stopped right in the middle of the ‘island’ and let us off at the obelisk. Pretty sweet. We also could see the Eiffel Tower doing its sparkly thing from here, but of course more on that later. I’ve also included a mini-video I took while out there. Did I mention that this idea was ridiculously cool?

Nighttime Taxi Tour Stop #2: Place de la Concorde

The Concorde's Obelisk
The Concorde's Obelisk30-Mar-2007 13:56, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
30-Mar-2007 21:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
Me and the Obelisk
Me and the Obelisk30-Mar-2007 21:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
 
Looking down Champs Elysees towards the Arc
Looking down Champs Elysees towards the Arc30-Mar-2007 21:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 800
Viewing the fountains on the island
Viewing the fountains on the island30-Mar-2007 21:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 800
30-Mar-2007 21:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
 
Looking north towards the Opera House
Looking north towards the Opera House30-Mar-2007 21:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
30-Mar-2007 21:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 800
The Eiffel Tower!
The Eiffel Tower!30-Mar-2007 21:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 800
 
More fountain goodness
More fountain goodness30-Mar-2007 21:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 800
A really great shot of the Arc taken by Jeff
A really great shot of the Arc taken by Jeff30-Mar-2007 13:59, SONY DSC-W100, 5.2, 23.7mm, 0.333 sec, ISO 125
Another great Eiffel Tower shot
Another great Eiffel Tower shot30-Mar-2007 14:00, SONY DSC-W100, 5.2, 23.7mm, 1.6 sec, ISO 125
 
30-Mar-2007 21:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 800
 

So after getting back into the cab, our next destination (shown by a lighter blue path) was one of the world’s most famous landmarks: The Eiffel Tower. Need I say more? Okay, I will. Our cabby drove us to the back side of the Eiffel Tower (nearer to the Rue Cler area) and parked and we all walked up to the Eiffel Tower at night. There’s something amazingly incredible about the Eiffel Tower at any time, but at night, and forgive me for saying this, but at night, the Eiffel Tower is magical. It now does a whole ‘Sparkling Diamond’ effect for the first 10 minutes of every hour, and where it was purely magic before, your jaw drops when you see this. And it doesn’t get old, no matter how many times you see it. I hadn’t had the chance to really explore the Tower at night before (dusk, yes, but true night? No.) so this was awesome. I could go on and on so I’ll stop. Here are some pics below!

Nighttime Taxi Tour Stop #3: The Eiffel Tower

Ah, beautiful Eiffel Tower
Ah, beautiful Eiffel Tower30-Mar-2007 22:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
Dramatic Eiffel Tower shot
Dramatic Eiffel Tower shot30-Mar-2007 22:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
30-Mar-2007 22:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 283
 
Me
Me30-Mar-2007 22:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 283
Susan and Jeff
Susan and Jeff30-Mar-2007 22:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 283
30-Mar-2007 14:14, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 125
 
30-Mar-2007 14:17, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 125
Looking up its underbelly
Looking up its underbelly30-Mar-2007 22:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
30-Mar-2007 22:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 800
 
There's the second level way up there
There's the second level way up there30-Mar-2007 22:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 800
 

Although there were only six pics here of the Tower, don’t think we didn’t spend a long time here – in fact we did. But I knew we’d come back at night to actually go up in the Tower, so be prepared for an onslaught of Eiffel Tower pics in the Day 5 page. After gawking at the Tower for a while, it was time to go back in the cab….so we could get an even BETTER view of the Eiffel Tower. And there’s nowhere you can get a better picture and vantage point of the Eiffel Tower than from the Trocadero, which is where the Palais de Chaillot sits across the river from the Tower. It’s elevated just enough to give any amateur and professional photographer the dream to take the most beautiful pictures. See below for some beauts.

Nighttime Taxi Tour Stop #4: The Trocadero / Palais de Chaillot

I told you it was a view to...a kill
I told you it was a view to...a kill30-Mar-2007 22:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 800
I LOVE this pic - the crowd silhouette in the front makes it for me
I LOVE this pic - the crowd silhouette in the front makes it for me30-Mar-2007 22:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 800
30-Mar-2007 22:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 800
 
30-Mar-2007 22:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 800
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower30-Mar-2007 22:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower30-Mar-2007 14:40, SONY DSC-W100, 3.5, 12.1mm, 1.3 sec, ISO 125
 
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower30-Mar-2007 22:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower30-Mar-2007 22:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
30-Mar-2007 22:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 800
 
30-Mar-2007 22:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Me and the E.T.
Me and the E.T.30-Mar-2007 22:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
30-Mar-2007 22:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
Shannon and Susan
Shannon and Susan30-Mar-2007 22:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Susan and Jeff
Susan and Jeff30-Mar-2007 22:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
30-Mar-2007 22:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 

Our last stop, unfortunately (because it would have been awesome to have hit Notre Dame and Sacre Couer at night, but alas, our two hours were almost up because we had to include taxi time back to the hotel as well, and on a Friday night, that takes a while) was the Louvre. We didn’t make it inside the Louvre, obviously, but looking at it at night, especially the dichotomy of the modern glass I.M. Pei pyramid vs. the ancient Louvre architecture, illuminated at night, is breathtaking.

Nighttime Taxi Tour Stop #5: The Louvre

The Louvre Complex
The Louvre Complex30-Mar-2007 23:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 800
30-Mar-2007 23:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 800
The mini-Arc in the Tuileries
The mini-Arc in the Tuileries30-Mar-2007 23:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
 
The right side of the Louvre
The right side of the Louvre30-Mar-2007 23:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
Left side
Left side30-Mar-2007 23:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 800
and closer to the Arc so you can see the Eiffel Tower
and closer to the Arc so you can see the Eiffel Tower30-Mar-2007 23:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
 

I must say it was a truly awesome trip, and we made it right back to the hotel two hours after our trip started, meaning we got back about 12:30 in the morning. Not bad for timeliness! Like I said – if in Paris, I highly recommend you do this! Afterwards, it was time to get some sleep as we did have some rest to catch up on – and tomorrow we were headed to Versailles first thing in the morning. But more on that on the Day 5 page!

 

Day 5: Versailles & Eiffel Tower

(2014 Note:  These pages are transfers from my original site so I can better view the many pictures I have from that trip and so it’s searchable within WordPress Search. Here’s a link to the original page!)

Day5

So it took me quite a bit of time (a month or so) to continue the recap of the amazing European trip…from over 2 months ago. Yes, I suck. But I endeavor to get these cranked out sooner than later, as hell, I’m beginning to forget just what it was we did! Part of my delay has been the fact that there are a TON of freakin’ pictures to go through…still. This page and the next have a fuckton of pictures to look through so persevere with me!

Let me bring you back into the vacation mode though – that’s the least I could do. The night before, we all (me, Jeff, Susan, Shannon and Brian) had gone on the kick-ass nighttime taxi ride through Paris. I must reiterate what a fantastic thing that is to do. Do it, if you are ever in Paris. We got back around midnight or so, but had to make sure to get some rest because we were going to get up first thing in the morning because it was time to beat the crowds to Versailles!

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To get to Versailles, you actually have to take a train out to it from Paris, as it’s not exactly right in town. We planned for this endeavor by making sure to leave early enough to get to Versailles shortly after opening, so we all met at our hotel lobby first. This morning, we added another to our crew, Mike. Mike is a friend of Susan’s and is currently stationed over in Germany so he took the train over. He is a pretty cool guy and got along well with the existing group of us.

I ended up using some more of my admittedly limited French skills to buy a Versailles Rail Pass which gets you a round-trip ticket on the RER AND a ticket into Versailles, allowing you to bypass the ticket line there, which is a definite plus. Easily enough, we got there and walked the brief journey from the train station to the palace gates, which you arrive at and immediately are overwhelmed by the sheer grandiosity and Size of the Palace of Versailles. It was the retreat from Paris politics and hubbub that the Sun King, Louis XIV, built – and it’s freakin’ amazing in its scope and over-the-topness. It definitely earns its reputation as Europe’s Top Palace, because while the palace itself is huge, when you actually get to the back of the palace, you see the immenseness of the palace grounds – which you’d need a whole day to walk around and explore on your own.

Anyways, we were able to walk right in and begin the self-guided tour throughout the palace. Jeff and I had downloaded the Rick Steves iPod walking tour which was very informative and fun to listen to – Rick Steves is kind of a dork. But it was a good tour, although the recording was based on an old tour route, as you see, Versailles’ tour path has been reorganized because they’ve finished restoring some sections that you weren’t able to visit before, including the Hercules grand entrance hall and, most exciting, the Versailles Opera House. It was amazing to see that, especially since it was featured prominently in the recent movie by Sofia Coppola called Marie Antoinette (boring movie, but beautiful). There was plenty to see in Versailles, but it mostly served to illustrate how much freakin’ money was spent on lavishness. Incredible. Oh, but if you really want to know more about Versailles, here’s a Wikipedia entry all about it! We finished the tour, walked around the top portion of the gardens briefly, but then headed soon enough back on the train to Paris, which was good timing on our part, as the place got PACKED by the time we were leaving. A Saturday is definitely not a ‘light’ tourist time for one of the biggest attractions in France!

March 31, 2007: Journey to and Exploring Versailles

Jeff and Susan are ready for their French breakfast
Jeff and Susan are ready for their French breakfast31-Mar-2007 07:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Keeping it real, yo
Keeping it real, yo31-Mar-2007 07:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Guess I'm trying to keep things in control here
Guess I'm trying to keep things in control here31-Mar-2007 07:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 192
 
31-Mar-2007 07:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
The map of Paris on the wall of our hotel's restaurant
The map of Paris on the wall of our hotel's restaurant31-Mar-2007 07:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 9.0, 10.487mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Us in line to buy our Versailles passes
Us in line to buy our Versailles passes31-Mar-2007 08:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 315
 
Walking the long plaza to the palace gates of Versailles
Walking the long plaza to the palace gates of Versailles31-Mar-2007 09:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
The Hercules entranceway
The Hercules entranceway31-Mar-2007 09:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
31-Mar-2007 09:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 
A better view of the Hercules' ceiling
A better view of the Hercules' ceiling31-Mar-2007 09:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
Golden something or an other
Golden something or an other31-Mar-2007 10:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
Me lounging in the halls of Versailles
Me lounging in the halls of Versailles31-Mar-2007 10:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Jeff and Susan
Jeff and Susan31-Mar-2007 10:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 644
31-Mar-2007 10:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
Hanging out by the windows
Hanging out by the windows31-Mar-2007 10:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 

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What visit to Paris would be complete without visiting a few choice sights: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Champs Elysees …. and of course, the Arc de Triomphe! This was built to commemmorate the many victories of Napoleon Bonaparte – and it certainly has one of the premier locations in Paris to be situated in, as it is directly at the end of the Champs Elysees away from the Tuileries and Louvre museum. And it is amazing to see it as you travel up the Champs Elysees. Here’s some more info on the Arc de Triomphe from Wikipedia.

We got back from Versailles and hopped off the Metro at the Champs Elysees in order to walk up it a bit towards the Arc. You have to approach it in order to really get a good look at it. The weather started to turn a little dreary and when we were up on top of the Arc, it actually did start to rain. But even with the dreary weather, there’s nothing like being on the top of the Arc and seeing all of Paris in 360 degrees. It’s amazing to see the crazy road turnabout that lives around the Arc but you can also see every main tourist landmark from the top as well. So here are some pictures from our time atop the Arc!

March 31, 2007: Living Large at the Arc de Triomphe

The Arc from the Champs Elysees
The Arc from the Champs Elysees31-Mar-2007 14:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
An even closer view
An even closer view31-Mar-2007 06:05, SONY DSC-W100, 9.0, 18.7mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 125
I had to take another picture that was similar to one I took in 2002...
I had to take another picture that was similar to one I took in 2002...31-Mar-2007 14:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Looking up at the Arc from the ground
Looking up at the Arc from the ground31-Mar-2007 14:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 116
More detailed shot
More detailed shot31-Mar-2007 14:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
At the top and looking out
At the top and looking out31-Mar-2007 14:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
There's Sacre Coeur in the distance
There's Sacre Coeur in the distance31-Mar-2007 14:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100
Looking straight down at the turnabout
Looking straight down at the turnabout31-Mar-2007 14:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Looking toward the modern Paris business downtown
Looking toward the modern Paris business downtown31-Mar-2007 14:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
You can see La Grande Arch - the hollowed out square building in the middle
You can see La Grande Arch - the hollowed out square building in the middle31-Mar-2007 14:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.005 sec
A view of the rainy Arc roof
A view of the rainy Arc roof31-Mar-2007 14:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.006 sec
More Paris scenery
More Paris scenery31-Mar-2007 14:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.008 sec
 
The Eiffel Tower!
The Eiffel Tower!31-Mar-2007 14:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
31-Mar-2007 14:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.004 sec
31-Mar-2007 14:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.003 sec
 

day5_sacrecoeur

So a part of Paris that I had always wanted to see was more of Montmartre, especially after seeing the movie Moulin Rouge. Within Montmartre, I’ve always wanted to see the cathedral of Sacre Coeur, mainly after seeing it in Amelie and just having seen it in the many guidebooks of Paris. So while we were strolling around the Champs Elysees in the rain, and everyone was kind of like “What Do We Do Now?” (and at the same time, driving Susan insane…), I suggested going to the Montmartre area and seeing not only that eclectic neighborhood but the Sacre Coeur cathedral. So off we went on the Metro to Montmartre!

Arriving there, you get to street level and are immediately enveloped in a sense of exciting activity and ‘alive’ness. It is a very interesting neighborhood to say the least. Lots of vendors and lots of people. To get to Sacre Coeur you have to walk uphill through the area, eventually getting to the main plaza below the cathedral. And then you have even more uphill walking to do to just get to the cathedral, but it’s well worth it, as the view from the top of Montmartre is stellar, just like from the Arc. Unfortunately the weather was still gloomy, so while the view was still great, it could have been better with some clearer skies. A few of us toured the inside of the cathedral, which is amazing in its own right, but in a town full of ancient landmarks, this one is almost a baby: it was built in the 1800s, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it. Again, more information to be found at Wikipedia.

After visiting the cathedral, we met up with everyone and started walking along the main street in Montmartre, which takes you through the red light district of Paris (where all the sex/porno shops are) and to the illustrious Moulin Rouge! It is certainly interesting to see all those strip clubs and stores – interesting things that are sold there!

Finally, it was dinner time and we found a cool restaurant in the area that served us great food, but most importantly, red wine and chocolate mousse (our first round of chocolate mousse for the trip – but rest assured, there would be more chocolate mousse, let me tell you!).

March 31, 2007: Exploring Montmartre and Sacre Coeur; having dinner in town

The bustling neighborhood of Montmartre
The bustling neighborhood of Montmartre31-Mar-2007 16:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 133
There's Sacre Coeur atop the Montmartre hill
There's Sacre Coeur atop the Montmartre hill31-Mar-2007 16:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
Closer view
Closer view31-Mar-2007 16:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 124
 
ME
ME31-Mar-2007 16:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
The carousel at the bottom of the hill - it was in Amelie too
The carousel at the bottom of the hill - it was in Amelie too31-Mar-2007 16:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 111
The cafe at the bottom of the hill - and Susan crossing the street
The cafe at the bottom of the hill - and Susan crossing the street31-Mar-2007 16:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 400
 
The same curvy walkway up the hill to Sacre Coeur as seen in Amelie
The same curvy walkway up the hill to Sacre Coeur as seen in Amelie31-Mar-2007 16:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 209
Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur31-Mar-2007 16:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
31-Mar-2007 16:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
31-Mar-2007 16:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
There's Mike hiking up the hill
There's Mike hiking up the hill31-Mar-2007 16:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 204
Jeff and Susan making their way up too
Jeff and Susan making their way up too31-Mar-2007 16:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400
 
Looking down the hill to Montmartre district
Looking down the hill to Montmartre district31-Mar-2007 16:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 151
31-Mar-2007 17:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 265
looking right close at the cathedral
looking right close at the cathedral31-Mar-2007 17:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 

day5_eiffeltower

After dinner, I invited myself along with Brian and Shannon to go visit the Eiffel Tower at night – it was time for Jeff and Susan to have some alone time….

We Metro’d over to the Rue Cler area and proceeded to walk to the Eiffel Tower from the L’Ecole Militaire section, so you get a good long approach to gaze at the wonder that is the Eiffel Tower at night. As you’ll see below in the pictures, the Eiffel Tower is truly amazing to see at nighttime with all its lights on. We also went and walked up the first two levels of the Eiffel Tower via the stairs which is always a fun experience and I think Shannon and Brian enjoyed doing it. To get to the very top though, you do have to take the elevator, which is not exactly my favorite thing to do…but at least at night, it’s not nearly as scary as it would be during the day. The night we were there, it was still a bit murky out there, so the view wasn’t as crystal clear as it sometimes as (see Jeff’s pics from the next day).

Well, there are lots of pics to see, so no more blathering on by me…this has been a lot of freakin’ webpage to write. To say the least. And there’s still THREE MORE DAYS to write about!

March 31, 2007: Journeying to the Eiffel Tower at night with Brian and Shannon

Looking at the Tower from the Ecole Militaire area
Looking at the Tower from the Ecole Militaire area31-Mar-2007 21:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 800
There's Brian
There's Brian31-Mar-2007 21:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.3 sec, ISO 800
We would soon be walking this distance to the Tower
We would soon be walking this distance to the Tower31-Mar-2007 21:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 800
 
31-Mar-2007 21:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.3 sec, ISO 800
Shannon poses with her umbrella
Shannon poses with her umbrella31-Mar-2007 21:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
A WWII memorial at the end of the lawn
A WWII memorial at the end of the lawn31-Mar-2007 21:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
 
Getting closer to the Tower
Getting closer to the Tower31-Mar-2007 21:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 800
So cool - even with the spotlight
So cool - even with the spotlight31-Mar-2007 21:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 800
Different flash settings of that same pic
Different flash settings of that same pic31-Mar-2007 21:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
Here's the Tower again (notice the theme)
Here's the Tower again (notice the theme)31-Mar-2007 21:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 800
Doing my impression of the Eiffel Tower
Doing my impression of the Eiffel Tower31-Mar-2007 21:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Brian and Shannon sing a happy French song for the occasion
Brian and Shannon sing a happy French song for the occasion31-Mar-2007 21:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
 
Even jumping to show their joy
Even jumping to show their joy31-Mar-2007 21:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
31-Mar-2007 21:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 233
Getting real close
Getting real close31-Mar-2007 21:47, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
 

Day 6: Louvre & Miscellaneous Paris

(2014 Note:  These pages are transfers from my original site so I can better view the many pictures I have from that trip and so it’s searchable within WordPress Search. Here’s a link to the original page!)

Day6The night before I didn’t get back till pretty late, and it had been a very tiring day. So that resulted in me passing the hell out…and when we woke up, and it was 1 April, I told Jeff and Susan I had no interest in going to the Louvre. Jeff thought I was playing my April Fool’s Joke – I wasn’t. I just was exhausted and didn’t really care to see the Louvre. I’d been there twice before and while part of me would have liked to see it, especially since the release of the DaVinci Code, my tiredness overrode all that. So the whole gang went on without me. In fact, many of the pictures from today are primarily Jeff’s. So with no more further ado, here are the pics from the Louvre. It was a Sunday, so it was Free Museum day in Paris, and accordingly much more crowded. But it is such a huge place that even with a ton of people in it, you can’t really feel overwhelmed (except at the Mona Lisa, of course).

day6_louvre

I really don’t have too much to write about for this portion of the page. I was resting peacefully back at the hotel. But as you can see below, they made it to the main sights to see in the Louvre, including the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothraces, and the Mona Lisa (which you can’t take a picture of anymore). This visit also started a bit of an unofficial DaVinci Code tour, as you’ll see that Jeff went to where the two pyramids meet (see or read the DaVinci Code to understand the significance!). By the way, Jeff takes some fantastic pictures – especially the ones of the Eiffel Tower at the bottom of the page. He actually knows how to use his camera’s night features!

April 1, 2007: In and Out of the Louvre

The interior courtyard of the Louvre
The interior courtyard of the Louvre01-Apr-2007 01:05, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
I.M. Pei's controversial yet beautiful pyramids
I.M. Pei's controversial yet beautiful pyramids01-Apr-2007 01:06, SONY DSC-W100, 4.5, 18.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
01-Apr-2007 01:08, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
A great, shadowed portrait of the pyramid
A great, shadowed portrait of the pyramid01-Apr-2007 01:14, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
See through the pyramid to the main Louvre building
See through the pyramid to the main Louvre building01-Apr-2007 01:16, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Jeff at the corner inside the Pyramid
Jeff at the corner inside the Pyramid01-Apr-2007 01:21, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 
The Venus de Milo
The Venus de Milo01-Apr-2007 01:45, SONY DSC-W100, 3.2, 10.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 400
Jeff and Venus
Jeff and Venus01-Apr-2007 01:47, SONY DSC-W100, 3.2, 9.2mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 125
Hallway of Antiquities in the Louvre
Hallway of Antiquities in the Louvre01-Apr-2007 02:10, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 125
 
More Hallway goodness
More Hallway goodness01-Apr-2007 02:12, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 125
01-Apr-2007 02:13, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
The Winged Victory of Samothraces - it's such an impressive sight; also the basis of Nike
The Winged Victory of Samothraces - it's such an impressive sight; also the basis of Nike01-Apr-2007 02:15, SONY DSC-W100, 3.2, 9.2mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
01-Apr-2007 02:16, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
a model of the Louvre castle wayyy back in the day
a model of the Louvre castle wayyy back in the day01-Apr-2007 03:17, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 200
01-Apr-2007 03:17, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 200
 

day6_cafe

After they visited the Louvre, they came back to the hotel to get me (awww….they care). Shannon, Brian and Mike were all leaving from Paris this afternoon, so instead of trying to cram in more sights, we all thought it would be nice to actually relax. What better way to relax in Paris than letting a Sunday morning/afternoon roll on by while you’re sitting at a sidewalk cafe? Even better? It was a beautiful day, the temperature was amazing, and we were at a cafe situated right on the Seine. Truly, it was awesome. We all got some delicious food and top it all off, we had chocolate mousse!!!!!! I LOVE Chocolate Mousse.

April 1, 2007: Enjoying a Sunday Afternoon in Paris at a Sidewalk Cafe

Walking on the Ile de Cite to the Seine
Walking on the Ile de Cite to the Seine01-Apr-2007 12:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
The view to Notre Dame from our cafe
The view to Notre Dame from our cafe01-Apr-2007 12:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Panning to the right, with French lady as a bonus
Panning to the right, with French lady as a bonus01-Apr-2007 12:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
Further panning to the right
Further panning to the right01-Apr-2007 12:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Hey there, who's this dashingly handsome guy?
Hey there, who's this dashingly handsome guy?01-Apr-2007 12:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Brian and Shannon
Brian and Shannon01-Apr-2007 12:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
01-Apr-2007 12:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Jeff, Susan, and Mike
Jeff, Susan, and Mike01-Apr-2007 13:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
I love this pic of all 6 of us. Taken by a precocious British girl
I love this pic of all 6 of us. Taken by a precocious British girl01-Apr-2007 13:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Notre Dame from our cafe
Notre Dame from our cafe01-Apr-2007 14:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.001 sec
Cosmopolitan Susan and Mike
Cosmopolitan Susan and Mike01-Apr-2007 14:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Susan and Jeff
Susan and Jeff01-Apr-2007 14:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.003 sec
 
Brian and Shannon
Brian and Shannon01-Apr-2007 14:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.002 sec
Shannon and Me
Shannon and Me01-Apr-2007 14:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.2, 9.028mm, 0.002 sec
Me with the girls
Me with the girls01-Apr-2007 14:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 9.028mm, 0.008 sec
 

day6_seine

We said our goodbyes to Brian, Shannon and Mike after our 3-hour lunch was over. They had been great travelfriends but they had to go back to work the next day (Monday). We didn’t though, so after goodbyes, we strolled across the Seine and began our quest to look for the St. Sulpice church, which continued our unofficial DaVinci Code tour, as that is the chapel which in the book is the place that houses the Rose Line and also where Silas did a bad thing to a nun. Of course when you go to the church, they disavow all the speculation that Dan Brown put in his book and illuminate exactly what the purpose of the Rose Line was (I honestly don’t remember it’s purpose, alleged or real – that’s what waiting 3 months to write this page up will do to ya).

After going through the church, we Metro’d back to the Pont Neuf area, which is where the Seine River cruises originate (you can also pick them up at the Eiffel Tower, but we weren’t there, obviously). We got there with enough time to spare so that we could both get a good seat and also spend some time on the point of the Ile de Cite where there’s a little park. It’s awesome there. Anyways, we ended up getting great seats on the top deck of the boat at the front row, which while cold when going upwind, it was nice when going downwind. Anyways, on the boat ride you head up the Seine to the Eiffel Tower, passing under all the famous and beautiful bridges along the Seine. Here’s a Wikipedia entry on the Seine River. Read all about it.

April 1, 2007: Checking out the St. Sulpice Church and Taking the Seine River Boat Cruise

01-Apr-2007 05:42, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
Great shot of the Metro structures
Great shot of the Metro structures01-Apr-2007 05:43, SONY DSC-W100, 9.0, 18.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
Notre Dame
Notre Dame01-Apr-2007 05:46, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
The Seine
The Seine01-Apr-2007 14:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
A stoic Seine shot
A stoic Seine shot01-Apr-2007 04:36, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
Susan and Jeff on the Seine
Susan and Jeff on the Seine01-Apr-2007 06:56, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 
Me and the Seine
Me and the Seine01-Apr-2007 14:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Widescreen version
Widescreen version01-Apr-2007 15:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
01-Apr-2007 05:38, SONY DSC-W100, 5.6, 7.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
Sad Selfie
Sad Selfie01-Apr-2007 15:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 107
Me in my Paris
Me in my Paris01-Apr-2007 15:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Susan looks so French here!
Susan looks so French here!01-Apr-2007 15:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
And here
And here01-Apr-2007 15:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Me
Me01-Apr-2007 15:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Again
Again01-Apr-2007 15:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
 

day6_jeff_et

Susan and I were done sightseeing after dinner. But Jeff wanted to still see the Eiffel Tower at night and I had just done that the night before. Susan was still done though, so I ended up escorting her back to the hotel while Jeff Metro’d over to the Eiffel Tower. He ended up taking some fantastic pictures over there, because like I said above, he actually knows how to use the night picture feature of his camera. Plus, it was a clear night, unlike the night before. Just take a gander at the pics below. Bravo, Jeff!

April 1, 2007: Jeff heads to the Eiffel Tower and takes some awesome photos

01-Apr-2007 00:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
01-Apr-2007 00:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
01-Apr-2007 00:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
01-Apr-2007 13:08, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 125
01-Apr-2007 13:11, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 125
The Ecole Militaire
The Ecole Militaire01-Apr-2007 13:44, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 2 sec, ISO 125
 
Closer view
Closer view01-Apr-2007 13:45, SONY DSC-W100, 5.2, 23.7mm, 2 sec, ISO 125
There's the Les Invalides
There's the Les Invalides01-Apr-2007 13:46, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 2 sec, ISO 125
Trocadero across the Seine
Trocadero across the Seine01-Apr-2007 13:51, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 1.6 sec, ISO 125
 
01-Apr-2007 13:51, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 1.3 sec, ISO 125
Looking down from the first level
Looking down from the first level01-Apr-2007 13:54, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.4 sec, ISO 125
Looking straight up from the second floor
Looking straight up from the second floor01-Apr-2007 13:59, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 125
 
The Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe01-Apr-2007 14:01, SONY DSC-W100, 5.2, 23.7mm, 2 sec, ISO 125
Another view up from the corner
Another view up from the corner01-Apr-2007 14:05, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 125
01-Apr-2007 14:05, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
 

A Fantastic Ad Featuring Paris & NYC

I’ve been recently looking at many of my pictures as I keep working on perfecting my Travelogue section of this site. Lately I’ve been meandering in my Paris pics from the 2007 trip I took with Susan and Jeff and I just can’t help but want to go back there right now!  It’s such a beautiful city and the fun and food you can have there while taking in the beauty is so wonderful.  Anyway, this ad is simply stunning.