Day 1/2 - Traveling
We left Kansas City and traveled to Chicago and then boarded our plane in Chicago for Paris. Our seats were not so good - right by the bathroom. So we got to hear flushing for an entire 8 hour flight. Lovely. We arrived in Paris around 9am on Friday the 17th of June. When we made it to our apartment rental (which I would highly recommend), we broke all the rules and immediately took a five hour nap. We woke up briefly to run to the grocery store to stock our small fridge for the week with snacks and breakfast foods for about €18. We then right back to sleep after eating a frozen pizza. That's right, we had a frozen pizza for dinner on our first night in Paris. How very American of us.
Day 3 - Montmartre and Sacre Coeur
On our first real day in Paris, we decided to take ourselves on a little tour of Montmartre, since it was the closest neighboorhood to the apartment rental. The apartment actually looked out over the Montmartre Cemetary. Here's a few photo highlights:
|The Sacre Coeur Basilica|
|Lots of cute little cafes. We stopped and had crepes for lunch on this day.|
|Moulin Rouge in Pigalle - the red light district.|
On our second day in the city, we strolled through the Jardin du Tulieries to the Louvre. The Louvre contains some 35,000 works of art, and it would take you 9 months to view them all. Fun travel tip: if you want to go, enter through the Pont Des Lions entrance across from the Seine. The entrance is flanked by, appropriately, two giant green lion statues. No waiting in line!
|The view of the Pyramid from inside the Denon Wing (where the Mona Lisa lives - among numerous other Italian, Spanish, and French paintings)|
|Napoleon III's apartments. This was one of my favorite exhibits - such opulence in all the rooms! They even had the crown jewels on display.|
|One of my favorite Caravaggio paintings. I didn't realize it was this big in real life - as you can see, it's almost as twice as tall as me! I'm thinking I'm not painting large enough...|
|One of my all time favorite statues - Cupid and Psyche. I've painted this statue in watercolor many times.|
That night we ate a little cafe off the Rue St. Honore. Scott had the duck with potatoes au gratin, and I got a delicious white fish filet in a butter sauce (of course..butter). Our legs were KILLING us after this day.
To be continued with the rest of the trip at a later date (and more photos to come too, I promise!)...
All photos taken by my wonderful husband, Scott.