S: Paris Vacation 2010
FC: Paris Vacation Summer 2010
1: Paris France Summer 2010
2: We arrive safely in Paris. This is the view from the apartment we stayed in. On the last day of our trip, not one but two trucks would hit this overpass because they were too tall to go underneath.
3: After we recover from jet lag, we head into Paris to see the sights. We pass by the Louvre, which we will tour later.
5: Our first stop: Notre Dame. We did not go inside, but it was still beautiful and impressive from the outside.
6: Our next stop, Sainte Chapelle, known for its amazing stained glass windows. Being inside this chapel is like sitting inside a jewel box.
8: The Louvre! Finally, I achieve a life long dream when we get to visit the Louvre. We take the highlights tour, which gives us a good overview of the works, although you would need days to see everything. And of course, I have to see both the top and the bottom of the pyramid! | The Louvre
9: We see the Venus de Milo, and tour Napoleon's apartments. This little three seat piece of furniture is called an indiscreet!
10: I, of course, have to go back later and look at more art and take more pictures. The picture on the other page is actually of the crowd looking at the Mona Lisa, which I thought was as interesting as the painting itself.
12: Off to visit Uncle... | Uncle's apartment is full of things to look at, such as artwork (including Mom's favorite) and his highly decorative commode.
14: Uncle takes great delight in showing us his Vincent van Gogh action figure with changeable heads (one missing an ear, of course.)
15: It was then off to dinner at Uncle's local brasserie. where we enjoy a most delightful evening of witty repartee', bad puns, and tales from Uncle about his younger days in Paris. We ended the evening with Uncle's sung tribute to Cafe de Flore.ep
16: David, Taffy, and I went to the Musee Rodin to look at some amazing sculpture. The rose gardens weren't too shabby, either! | MUSEE RODIN
18: We went to Les Galleries Lafayettes, a huge department store. There were amazing views from the roof of the Paris Opera House and the city skyline.
20: We met Uncle for a tour of the Cluny, the museum where the Unicorn Tapestries are housed. Everyone should be so lucky as to get a personal museum tour with Uncle!
21: A tapestry with a playful cat. | Beautiful stained glass birds. | Flashy medieval jewelery! | Huge medieval rings.
22: I cannot resist taking photos of statues with interesting hair!!!
23: The Unicorn Tapestries! We nearly missed them because the regular path to them was blocked by museum renovations.
24: the Eiffel Tower
25: You can't go to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower! Here is the proof that we did that very thing!
26: Disneyland Paris, for the day before my 36th birthday. We never really grow too old to believe!!
27: Mom and I wait in line for the Pirates of the Caribbean. | Space Mountain had a cool design, but was very intense! I had fun at the pirate ship.
28: It's a Small World was very colorful! | One of the tiny villages from the Storybook ride. | We get caught in a rain storm while waiting in line for the Haunted Mansion.
29: "Phantom Manor" was my favorite ride! I also could not leave without a Mickey shaped treat!
30: On our last day in Paris, we stop at the Musee d'Orsay for a picture with the rhino. We then head out for a dinner cruise on the Seine--and my 36th birthday!
31: The cruise was lovely, and the Eiffel Tower light show was dazzling. And we witnessed two marriage proposals. I guess Paris truly is the City of Love and Lights.
33: Mom--Thank you for everything you did to make this trip possible. It truly meant the world to me to be able to spend time with people I love so much and to see things I had dreamed of seeing for so long. Even with all of the amazing things to see in Paris, my favorite times were the ones spent around tables, eating,talking, and telling jokes and stories with my family. I love you. Allison