Saturday, May 29, 2010

Randomosity - Paris

A few more random pictures from our trip:
At the president's house - we pretended this was Sarkozy and Carla Bruni going out for a night on the town. Who knows - it could have been. They did have a police escort...

We walked up those stairs. Twice, I think. That would be why I didn't gain any weight, even though I ate my way through every baguette I saw.

The librarian in me couldn't pass up this photo op.

I like to consider myself an adventurous eater. So, we ordered escargot. And I ate them! They really weren't bad.

I look unsure, but anything soaked in oil and spices makes me happy. Including snails.

When we were first dating, Greg and I did a night photography shoot around our campus. He pulled out his skills again with a couple of pictures of the Eiffel Tower. I love how bright it seems. It's really what it feels like when you're there.

No, THIS is what it feels like.

We got the best cappuccino I've ever had near Hotel de Ville. It was so good after a long day of walking. I miss the coffee so incredibly...

Except for the whole having arms thing, I think I look a lot like Venus...

I bet you didn't know Russel Crowe had a bust in the Louvre, did you? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!
Sorry. I just couldn't resist.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Seeing the Sights 2

I promise I only have a couple of posts left of pictures. And then we will get back to your regularly scheduled programming.

First up, the Arc de Triomphe...

We approached it from afar, and Greg got some cool night shots of it. I love the Champs Élysées (which I have trouble spelling) at night. It's so busy, so bright, and so beautiful.
More night pictures as we approached. This one reminds me of a Parisian "Abby Road."
When we got there, we decided to pay the 9 euro to walk up to the top. This was the staircase, and we weren't even all the way at the bottom. I think we'd already walked up a couple of revolutions by this time. I was almost dizzy at the end.
I am amazed at how well this telephoto picture turned out. That would be the Sacre Coeur off in the distance.

If this one was a bit sharper, I'd have it blown up and put it in our house. Unfortunately, it only looks good at about this size. Whatever. It's still an awesome picture.

Ah, Notre Dame. Greg and I enjoyed the church quite a bit. And don't worry, we stepped on Point Zero, just to make sure we'd one day return to Paris. Maybe for our 50th anniversary?

The infamous rose window. Greg has about fifty pictures of this - he was trying to get one that came out clear. We really could have used a tripod on this trip.

Did I mention that I hate picture after picture of people standing demurely in front of a famous site? I didn't? Hm....

Les Invalides. This wasn't a place we'd planned on going, but it turned out to be quite interesting. I really wish we had more time there, but we saw Napoleon's tomb, which was our main reason for going. What a neat place.

Do I look pensive here? Greg's favorite sculptor is Rodin, so naturally, we went to the Rodin museum. It was really quite beautiful (and cold). Rodin was a very expressive artist, and I was fascinated by his work. Moreso than I thought I'd be.
Some more random pictures to come tomorrow...

Seeing the Sights 1

Believe me, I know it's been a while. I've missed writing far more than you've missed reading, though, I'm sure.
Time to pick up where I left off - pictures of our trip. Which is now two months ago. Time flies.
Yes, we were "those" people. Segway touring our way through Paris. But I'll tell you - it's probably the best money we spent there. Four hours on a private tour, and the ability to play on Segways to boot? Nerdy perfection.
Oh, wait - THIS is nerdy perfection.
There was a group of us, so at least we weren't nerdy alone. Six couples in total - two from Ireland, two from Canada and us crazy Americans.
On to the Louvre! Greg was out of his mind excited about the Louvre, being an art major in college and all. I was excited, too, but my excitement started to wane around the fourth hour of exploring the endless halls. Greg's did not. I have about twenty pictures like this of him - standing in front of a priceless work of art, looking almost as proud as if he'd painted it himself.
You see that tiny thing back there? Mona Lisa. This is as close as we got. Too many Asian tourists, and not enough interest on our part. I'd already seen it, and Greg didn't care.
I am a fan of Winged Victory of Samonthrace, however, and I spent quite a bit of time examining it from every angle. I wonder, though, if it weren't at the top of such a beautiful entryway, if it would have the same effect. I can't say. But I loved it anyway, armless, headless and all.
See? The stairs, the majesty? It really does take your breath away when you see it. And makeup, too, apparently. I never once looked cute while we were on vacation. But I'm okay with that.
I was excited about this place - Napoleon's apartment. It is so... decadent. It was one of the few things I remembered from my first trip to the Louvre when I was 15.

This is one final picture of our Louvre trip. I love the reflection in the pyramid - how you can see the building in the background. Like a ghost.

More pictures coming tomorrow...