S: France/England Trip
FC: 2007 | Our Trip To France and England
1: Paris was even more amazing than we ever imagined.
3: On our first day we were hypnotized by the beauty of Paris. We were pleased to discover our hotel was located very close to the Eiffel Tower with an astonishing view of it from our room. We walked to the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and the famous park Jarden du Luxembourg to stretch our legs after the 9 hour plane trip.
4: The Louvre, where else can you see Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, Napoleon I's palace, and the Mona Lisa?
5: We celebrated Billie's birthday with dinner at a restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards we took a scenic cruise down the Seine River. It was wonderful and unforgettable!
6: We greatly enjoyed our visit at Les Invalides. It houses several military museums and a chapel. The Chapel is a replica of St. Peters Basilica in Rome. Beneath the rotunda is the sarcophagus of Napoleon. It was massive. From the outside the dome is gold. We spotted it from the Eiffel Tower and walked to it.
7: Versailles! We took a train from Paris and spent the day. | To the left is the Grand Trianon. In the center is the view from the Grand Trianon. | Bottom center is the view looking toward the Grand Trianon. Far left is the Royal Chapel. Above is the Hall of Mirrors.
8: The magnificence and opulence of the palace was beyond breathtaking! | The details were exquisite and in gold no less.
9: Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon was a charming hamlet she had built on the Royal Estate as her own little escape from life inside the formal palace. We enjoyed walking the grounds and discovered a unique little restaurant open for lunch with musicians attired in period costume.
10: We had enjoyed one of the most incredible days ever. We took the train back to Paris after dark. Since restaurants do not open until around 8:00 in France we enjoyed dinner back in Paris at one of the charming outdoor cafes. The next morning we traveled on the Eurostar first class to London. It is a high speed railway beneath the English channel.
12: While in London we toured Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, the Tower Of London, the Crown Jewels Exhibit, Westminister Abbey, St. Pauls Cathedral, the Chapel Royal of St. Peter, and London Bridge.
13: We actually toured Windsor Castle on the day we took an excursion out to see Stonehenge. It was a cold blustery day when we arrived at Stonehenge. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at a little pub before traveling on the Bath. In Bath we saw ancient Roman baths which have been remarkably preserved. We returned to London well after dark.
14: We spent the entire day at the British Museum. We saw the Rosetta Stone! | So much to see and so little time!!!
15: It is impossible to describe all the things of wonder we saw at the museum. We were most astounded by how many artifacts from ancient Greece and Rome were housed in the museum. Below is what we saw as we walked miles back to our hotel on a busy Saturday night in London. We sought out a charming English pub to end the day.
18: It was time to say good bye. We had seen, learned, and enjoyed so much during our brief journey here. We left exhausted but comforted in that knowledge that we were only just beginning our quest to see the world. Sure enough, on the way home we were already planning our trip to Italy the next year ......which would be spectacular! But that is another book!