Friday, October 10, 2014

Last day in Paris ...

Off to The Louvre for our last day ... you can't visit Paris without seeing this incredible museum and seeing a view masterpieces, right?  *smile*

The pyramid is the entrance to the Louvre and is surrounded by lovely fountains ...


I nice passerby offered to take our picture in front of the pyramid fountain ...


Our goal for our visit was to not stand in long lines ... so we bought our tickets a few days before and by passed the long lines .. it was wonderful! lol  Buying your tickets ahead of time really is helpful and so is renting the headsets that explain what art you are viewing.  We didn't rent those and regretted it ... after all the entire museum is in French, something we wish we'd rented.

With map in hand, we headed off to see the Mona Lisa ... on our way we saw just a few lovely paintings ...







The painting on the ceiling was awesome ...

We entered the room that the Mona Lisa is in and I wish I'd taken a picture of the crowd of people around her ... it took a bit of waiting to make your way to the front of the line ... but it was so worth it ... she's amazing!  Much larger than I expected.  Unfortunately this is about has close as you can get ... but wow, it's the Mona Lisa!


Off to find the Venus de Milo sculpture ... and I do mean find ... The Louvre is like a maze, even with a map it's a bit of a fun challenge.  Here's Venus ... she is lovely ...


We then went to see a couple of Michelangelo sculptures ... This is The Rebellious Slave ... such a moving sculpture ... 

This is Dying Slave, he looks like he should be laying down ...

This is a bronze statue of Hercules ... 

This statue of Mary and Jesus was wonderful, unfortunately the window behind made getting a good picture very difficult ... but we loved seeing this piece ...

We spent about 4 hours at The Louvre and only saw a very small percentage of all the wonderful works of art in this museum ... here are some more pictures ...




my, what big feet you have!






 

We're leaving the next day for Amsterdam ... just doing a quick layover before heading for home.  I'll post our short but fun trip to Amsterdam next week.  I'm getting ready to head to Myrtle Beach for PALS Fall Fling ... but I'll be back and bore you with more and more photos!  *smile*

I'll leave you with some random pictures of the city of Paris ... 








I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for pictures ...

 

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Part 2 continued ...

Day 3 continued after our enjoyable time with Edgar.  We walked back to our hotel .. I have to admit I loved walking in Paris ... even when we got lost *smile*

We got ready for a night on the town ... first up was dinner at the Eiffel Tower.  While we were waiting to be taken into the restaurant, this was the view through a plexiglass walkway.  It wasn't the whole walkway, just a a few windows along the edge .. pretty cool ...
 Dinner started with a yummy red wine.  Never did look at the name or kind of wine it was lol

 


Dinner was soooo good.  Forgot to take a picture of the appetizer which was a strip of raw salmon and a salmon mousse ... layered a bit like a slice of pie.  It was surprisingly good.

The main course was chicken and some amazing potatoes and veggies ...

 and who wouldn't love dessert ... chocolate chocolate and chocolate ...

 We were seated with two lovely young women at dinner ... both were traveling by themselves.  One from Australia and one from Japan.  We really enjoyed having dinner with both of them, although the young woman from Japan didn't speak much English ... They were both about 30 ... I really don't think I could have traveled to a foreign city by myself at 30!

The 2nd part of our night on the town was a night time cruise on the River Seine ... it was a beautiful night for a cruise, although we did wish the boat was a bit more open ... I have to admit that Lisa's date on the boat cruise, moi, did nod off a time or two.  My excuse ... we had just eaten a great meal and drank some wine ... the cruise was so nice and long and well, it just put me to sleep a time or two lol

Paris really is lovely all lit up.  This is the only good picture I got from the boat ... magical ...

 

Part 3 of our night out on the town was a show at the Moulin Rouge, a cabaret that opened in 1889!  They put on a great show, including a can-can number that they are famous for.








It was a lovely yet long night ... these two old ladies had to wake up the front desk of our hotel at 2:30 am to let us in .. the young man who let us in looked like we had woken him up ... bet he was wondering why two old ladies were getting home so late lol

More later .. thanks for visiting and for the comments .. love them all!

I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for late night fun ...

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Paris - Part 2

Day 3 was one of our busiest days ... we had a wonderful breakfast ...


and then hopped the tour bus and off to Champs de Elysee ... we were so lucky with the weather ... it was sunny and about 75 degrees with a lovely breeze .. couldn't ask for more perfect weather ...

This was the first view we had of the Arc de Triomphe.

We spent some time window shopping along Champs de Elysee ... has we walked towards the monument ... and what an impressive monument it is ...



you get to the monument from underground ... these views are the main floor of the arc




they you can walk or take a lift to the top of the monument ... we walked up the first set up steps and then took the lift to the very top.  There are no words for the views you can see from the top ... breathtaking and overwhelming come to mind ... we walked all around the top ... here's a few pictures










We hopped the bus again to head over to the Eiffel Tower ... we didn't have much time to spend around the Eiffel Tower, but the experience of seeing her in person was one of the highlights of the trip for me.  We got to see the tower at night too ... but I'll talk about that in another post *smile*




We stopped for a quick bite and potty stop ... I think all food vendors should offer champagne!
When Lisa and I were planning our trip, I emailed with Edgar a couple of times ... after all he's the Paris expert these days *smile*  Imagine our surprise when we found out that we would be in Paris at the same time!  Jumping for joy!  A few years ago Terry and I were vacationing in San Fransisco and had an opportunity to have dinner with Edgar ... I was very excited to see him again ... what a treat!  We met up at a quaint little cafe called Odette's ... we had a great visit and very yummy pastries ...




I'm grateful for new adventures ...