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Au revoir, Christine

Christine- arrival in Paris via Metro

My friend, Christine, has been here visiting for a bit but flew back to the US today. We had so much fun and covered some miles (walking) in Paris! We visited some interesting places, ate great food and laughed a lot! What this means for me is that I have to get re-focused now after having some playtime. I have several projects and classes that are needing my attention. I plan to get up early in the mornings and put in 5-7 hours of work…then go play for the afternoon into the evening, come back and work a few more hours. That is the plan. I will let you know how it works! : )

Christine riding the escalator in the Pompidou Center

Au revoir, Christine

 

Additional Notre-Dame pics

Beautiful day at Notre-Dame

I decided to add a few more pictures since I took so many!!!!

A view from the top - Notre-Dame

 

Inside the Notre-Dame -spiral staircase

Catch up…not

I have so many things to write about and show pictures of that this really could be a full-time job right now. I have taken more picture than I know what to do with or could ever remember where I shot the picture…oh well! I will have some great memories through the pictures!

= )

My friend, Christine, leaves on Wednesday morning. It has been so much fun having her here to visit, but I am sure her husband will be happy to have here return home. We have covered a lot of territory in Paris by many modes of transportation. The primary mode has been on foot and my feet show it. I have never had continuous blisters on my feet like I do now. Don’t worry…I thought about posting pictures, but I will spare everyone that visual image. You can thank me later : )  We have also been on the Metro, the RER (another type of train), numerous buses and a boat! We have debated about renting bikes but I am afraid that could be dangerous around here….at least for moi!

Christine & Kim in front of the Louvre

 

Cuisine in Paris

Dinner last night. German restaurant...really!!!

I know! I know! I am behind in updating this and I am hearing about it!! You people are sure demanding! = ) It is actually fun to know that people are reading this and following along on the adventure! I am going to try to be a bit better about the updates. I said I would try…no promises!

We have had some really great and varied food choices in Paris, so I am going to start off with pictures of various lunches and dinners for you to view. As you can imagine in a place of millions of people the food options are so diverse and abundant that it is difficult to choose. There have been a few times that we have had no idea what type of restaurant we are going into to have dinner but do it anyhow. That has actually been a lot of fun and has turned out quite well! One evening we were looking for a restaurant only to find that it was closed. Instead we ducked into a restaurant that looked interesting. To our surprise, the food was influenced by Madagascar. It was very tasty. Then last night we were headed toward the apartment but only made it a block because it was pouring rain. We ended up at a restaurant that served more German types of food…it is always a food adventure here!!

A type of fondue that is inspired by northern French regions- there were little grills built into the table where you cooked your food....very interesting!

Gazpacho & Salad w/ Cheese Tartine : )

Lemon hummus, avocado, white bean & tomato tartine....yum!!

 

Musee du Louvre

Inside the Pyramid at the Musee du Louvre

It was supposed to be raining again today so we planned the day around it. We decided that we would visit two more  museums today. The Musee du Louvre was first on the agenda. You could truly spend weeks in this museum. There were so many people around that it was difficult to get to some things like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. We did manage to see them but the Mona Lisa was from a distance. The crowds were just too much for that one! There are also signs all over the Louvre warning about pick-pockets : / Oops…be careful here! The outside of the Musee du Louvre is very beautiful and the inside is…well…it is just unbelievable!!! You could get lost and never be found in here! I know it will shock you to have me admit that I took way too many pictures in here…I have become my mother!! = ) So here are a few of my favorites from the museum…

 

 

"Venus de Milo" - Aphrodite

Painting in the Musee du Louvre--a favorite for moi!

Great sculpture in the Musee du Louvre

Staircase in the Louvre

Museum day – Musee Rodin

Sculpture in the Musee Rodin <3

The second museum that we spent time at today was the Musee Rodin. This museum had beautiful gardens to walk around and enjoy. The collection in this museum were primarily by the sculptor, Auguste Rodin. The museum is an 18th century mansion. The pictures are from the grounds as well as various sculptures in the museum. Enjoy!

 

Looking at Musee Rodin from the garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kiss - Musee Rodin

Museum day – Musee D’Orsay

Outside of the Musee D'Orsay

Inside the Musee D'Orsay

Today was once again rainy and cool so we opted for time in a couple of museums. The first one that we visited was the Musee D’Orsay. The building is quite impressive in its own right. The museum houses works from Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Manet & Renoir to name a few. It was quite thrilling to view these amazing pieces!

Top floor of Musee D'Orsay.....looking out

 

The tower!

Peeking through the flowers at the Tour Eiffel

Today started out a bit slow which was good. It was fun to lounge around and drink cafe creme, respond to email and complete some work. The weather was really nice today…only a little bit of rain and plenty of sunshine throughout the day. It was a lovely walk to the Tour Eiffel. I am in awe every time I see it!!! There were so many people around today that it was a bit distracting. There is a French holiday tomorrow and so we were told that many people form the countryside take a long weekend and come to Paris. The lines at the tower were incredibly long to ride to the top…even the lines to walk up several levels were quite a wait. One of the elevators is currently out of commission so the wait is around 2 1/2 hours! We did not wait….instead we walked all over the park that surrounds the tower and had a great picnic lunch in the park.

My feet are showing the amount of walking that we are doing. You should see my blisters! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! We walk probably a minimum of 6-8 miles most days and sometimes up to 10. It is great though. That is it for tonight…need to go soak my poor feet because tomorrow is a long day. Moulin Rouge tomorrow night at 11pm! FUN!

Wow! Incredible view of the Tour Eiffel!!

 

More pics…

From a distance

Bridge - Des Invalides

Amazing treats!

More food pics to tantalize you…

Oh la la...the cakes!!

La Boulangerie

 

Food!!!! Yum!!!!

The displays of food in Paris are so very beautiful! You truly want to stop in every market and stare at every window!! I have attached some mouthwatering pics for you to enjoy!

My oh my!!

Window shopping : ) Hmmmm...which one?

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