S: Kevin & Eileen Leckie ~ September, 2010 ~ Paris, France
FC: Paris, France | September, 2010
1: September 15th Montparnasse & the Latin Quarter | The Paris Catacombs, Jardin Marco Polo and the Fontaine des Quatre-Parties-du-Monde, Jardin du Luxembourg and the Palais du Luxembourg (the seat of the French Senate), La fontaine Médicis, crepes for dinner at Les Crepes a Gogo and Opera Cake for dessert at Dalloyau.
2: "In selecting the Parc du Champ de Mars and the iconic Eiffel Tower as the location for your special day, you have chosen one of the most historic and romantic of settings in Paris. It has been witness to many and varied events over the centuries and has inspired poets, painters, adventurers and lovers." | September 16th Wedding Ceremony in Champ de Mars
3: "For thousands of years, people have believed that the human soul and the world around them were intertwined. It’s this belief which assigned virtues to the cardinal directions; East, South, West and North. The binding of hands is to show that from this point forward, these individuals are no longer two, but are intertwined and united as one. It’s in this handfasting tradition that a blessing is offered:" | "Blessed be this union with the gifts of the East: Communication of the heart, mind and body. Fresh beginnings with the rising of each Sun. The knowledge of the growth found in the sharing of silences. Blessed be this union with the gifts of the South: Warmth of hearth and home. The heat of the heart's passion. The light created by both, to illuminate the darkest of times. Blessed be this union with the gifts of the West: The deep commitments of the lake. The swift excitement of the river. The refreshing cleansing of the rain. The all encompassing passion of the sea. Blessed be this union with the gifts of the North: Firm foundation on which to build. Fertility of the fields to enrich your lives. A stable home to which you may always return."
4: "Eileen and Kevin, you have chosen the ancient Celtic/Scottish tradition of swearing your vows on an 'Oathing Stone.' Many also believe this tradition to be the origin of the well known saying 'to set them in stone.' This custom has been passed down through the centuries and is considered to bind a couple strongly as they pledge to provide for and protect each other."
6: "May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home, and May the hand of a friend always be near. May green be the grass you walk on, May blue be the skies above you, May pure be the joys that surround you, May true be the hearts that love you. May the rains fall soft upon your fields, and May the light of friendship guide your paths together."
8: Place de la Concorde, French toast for breakfast at Ladurée Royale, Monet's water lilies at the Musée de l'Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, macaroons and éclairs at Angelina, a history of posters at the Musée de la Publicité and Musée du Louvre. | September 17th The Halles Quarter
10: Pain au chocolat-almond for breakfast at La Maison Kayser, assorted chocolates at Patrick Roger, Musée National du Moyen Age (Cluny National Museum of the Middle Ages), pizza for lunch at Pizza del Arte, Cathédrale Notre Dame, ice cream at La Maison Berthillon, dinner at Chez Hippopotamus, Le Bastille and Tour Montparnasse. | September 18th Ile de la Cité, Ile Saint-Louis & Le Bastille
12: La Sainte-Chapelle, Musée d'Orsay, lunch at Café du Musée, Musée Rodin, the tomb of Napoleon at Les Invalides - Le musée de l'Armée (the Military Museum of the Army of France), Pont Alexandre, Les Cars Rouges bus tour, and dinner at The Great Canadian. | September 19th The Seventh Arrondissement
14: September 20th Chantilly | Breakfast at Café de la Rotonde, Gare du Nord train station to Chantilly, Chateau de Chantilly - The Conde Museum, strawberries with Chantilly cream at Le Hameau, the remainder of Les Cars Rouges bus tour, the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais, and dinner at Le Relais de l'Entrecote.
16: September 21st Versailles | More pain au chocolat-almond for breakfast at La Maison Kayser, The Palace of Versailles, The Grand and Petit Trianons, The Queen’s Hamlet - Marie-Antoinette's estate, dinner at Polidor: the oldest bistro in Paris, established in 1845.
18: Le Panthéon, Les Deux Magots, Musée National Eugne Delacroix, lunch and Mille-feuille for dessert at Gosselin, and our second visit to Musée du Louvre. | September 22nd The Latin & Halles Quarters
20: September 23rd Montmartre | Breakfast at Coquelicot, Basilique du Sacre Coeur, Saint Pierre de Montmartre, Place du Tertre, Espace Dali, lunch at Le Grenier a Pain, Le Moulin Rouge, Le Chat Noir, Printemps Haussmann, Opéra National de Paris - Palais Garnier, Cineaqua - Paris Aquarium, Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, and dinner at Auberge de Venise.
22: September 24th Giverny | Catching the train at Gare du Nord la Lafayette, Giverny: a bicycle tour to Claude Monet's house and gardens - including his lily ponds and Japanese bridges, climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile.