S: Paris France 2010
FC: PARIS FRANCE
1: Our trip in Paris France Friday - first class airline tickets on continental Saturday - we enjoyed a 4 hour walking tour. We took the metro to the Saint Michelle Square but after the tour, we walked back to the hotel. We were up for 26 hours and walked 12 of those hours. (thanks Katy for keeping me up and in shape) We stayed at the Hotel Relais Bosquet Sunday - We started our trip with mass at the Notre Dame cathedral. After that, we headed over to take another walking trip. Our meeting place was the Moulan Rouge. We traveled to Von Gogh's house and to a local wine vineyard. I think we walked like another 30 miles. On our way back we stopped at the Montemarte. We also saw the LOVE wall Monday - walking the streets of Paris we were able to visit the Eiffle tower and had a picnic. One of my favorite things was the crepes and street side dining.
2: 1 st day of the trip we walked the streets of Paris for 12 hours... | Traveling | byFOOT | a | the tops of buildings are lined with gutter systems made of gargoyles
3: We started our trip with a 4 hour walking tour 1st stop... the Moulin Rouge
4: Each Stain Glass window depicts a story. There were 2 alcoves located on each side on the chapel this is where the King and queen sat | La Sainte Chapelle
5: The stories follow the life of Jesus
6: van Gogh's house and the streets where he lived
7: The Montmarte is one of the highest points in Paris. It was christianised, signifying "mountain of the martyr". It owes this name to the martyrdom of Saint Denis, who was decapitated on the Hill. Saint denis was the Bishop of paris and is the Patron saint of France. | one of the 1st clocks
8: below is our tour guide and a vineyard in the background | above is The first caberet. t0the left is a Park... a cement park
9: the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur. Montmartre is known for this white dome | The church was celebrating its 25th year of adoration.
10: The Basilique du Sacre-Coeur receives eight million visitors yearly. It is a Roman Catholic landmark dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was completed in 1914 and was built by private donations.
11: Our wine tasting adventure down in the basement of an old wine celler
12: street leading up to the Pantheon | The Love Wall... Love spelled in all the languages
13: we didn't realize, until we saw the news back at the hotel that we walked right past a strike riot. | 2 cafes we visited for dinner and dessert crepes
14: Walking the streets of | PARIS | Conciergerie a prison where Marie Antonette was kept
15: In the early times there was a light keeper who had to light the torches located on all the columns. this is what kept the streets lit.
17: picnic at the Eiffel Tower | CHEERS !
18: inside the Louvre
19: the Mona Lisa | paintings so big they were from the floor to the ceiling.
20: two very famous paintings..... the last supper & the coronation of the king. In this picture the king takes the crown away from the Pope and crowns himself
21: Does anyone know where we are? | A Hallway...is it wide enough ! | A side stairway to the exit...look how detailed
22: The Arc de Triomphe is in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle at the western end of the Champs-Elysees. The arch honors those who fought for France in the Napoleonic Wars. | stairwell to the TOP!
23: vacations & spending time together | + | IS | the | 2 | a view from the top
24: Napoleons tomb | R | E | L | A | Kevin can sleep ANYWHERE | X | after a little relaxing it was off to Napoleons tomb
25: one of the many churches we visited | some of the churches have these places where the high priest sit during the mass, in the cathedral of Notre Damn there is an entire section in the middle of the church where the clergy sit. for special ceremonies
26: This church has a special dedication to my favorite Saint. "St. Anthony." Most of the European Churches have small chapels around the inside of of the church each with paintings and statues depicting stories of christ or the siants and martyrs. I feel so blessed to be able to travel and witness how AMAZING it is that the Catholic Church stands today as strong as it was in 300 a.d Thank you God for Everything!!!!