S: SUMMER 2011
BC: By suzE | 2011
FC: Tadoussac | from | Having a great time! Wish you were here xox | LONDON | Summer 2011 | Greetings
1: First Stop: MONTREAL City of Festivals | Giving out condoms at the gay-lesbian festival! | Closing act of the comedy festival | We just stumbled on this parade- took us a few minutes to figure out it was a twin parade. So odd.
2: Montreal City Hall | Dinner at Chez Chose | We all met in Montreal, late on Friday, July 29th. Avery arrived by bus from Boston. We stayed in a family suite at the Square Philip Hotel which was spacious and comfortable. We all loved it! | Our first day we wandered around the old town. Saw Notre Dame and went down lots of quaint streets. Ate lunch at a creperie and went to the waterfront. Montreal is charming and beautiful.
3: Evan going for the TV show "White Collar" look | Colorful Convention Center | Chateau Ramezay Built in 1705 as the residence of then-governor of Montreal, Claude de Ramezay
4: Mont Royal & McGill University
5: Views of Montreal from the top of Mont Royal Had dinner outside on Crescent Street. Beautiful, balmy evening and Avery so pleased that she can legally drink and Evan can't! View of Crescent Street from our second floor cafe.
6: We were really lucky with the weather. It was really sunny in the morning on the first part of our rafting trip, poured while we were at lunch (and had shelter) and was basically sunny in the afternoon. After we got back to camp it literally hailed for 45 minutes! Had dinner there and then had late night crepes. We've been obsessed with crepes on this trip. | Rafting on the Rouge River | Evan | Pat, our river guide was wild and like to flip us over a lot. Very different experience from previous river rafting trips. The water was really warm and we got to do stuff like "surf" the rapids and flip over!
7: Second Stop: QUEBEC CITY also City of Festivals | Free Cirque du Soleil show | Bought 4 of these-total waste of $40 | These acts were really good | SCARY | New France Festival Parade
8: Castel D'Amerique Francaise, our charming B&B in Old Quebec where we all shared a room | The Walls of Old Quebec at night | Eating in a cafe inside of Old Quebec. You can see the walls in the background. | In a fruit market | Yummy Crepes!
9: CHATEAU FRONTENAC
10: Where to next? | happy | smile | Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church in Lower Town | At the top, below is Lower Town
11: The Citadelle | The Citadelle is a military installation and official residence of the Governor General located atop Cap Diamant, adjoining the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City | Tom and Evan toured the Citadelle while Avery and Susie toured the Governor's Mansion (no photos allowed). Prince William and Princess Kate had been visitors the week before! | "Je me souviens "means I remember and is the official motto of Quebec
12: Parliament Building | Fields of Abraham | Quebec's National Assembly's provincial parliamentÂ— is housed within this imposing and beautiful 1886 building just outside of the city walls. The Louvre was its inspiration. | Playing "hearts"- a favorite vacation pastime | Twenty-four bronze statues of some of the most prominent figures in QuÃ©bec's tumultuous history gaze out from the facade, which pays tribute to the women and men who have made a historical impact on QuÃ©bec society. | Frontenac | Taxi! | Part of New France festival
13: Montmorency Falls and Canyon Ste-Anne Falls | We stopped off at these falls on our way to Tadoussac | Canyon Ste-Anne | Montmorency Falls | A beautiful rainbow! | Photo with the National symbol for Canada
14: Our B&B attic room with the bathroom down the stairs and the potential to hit your head TWICE going to it! | TADOUSSAC | Tom pretending to have hit his head!
15: We had a delightful time in Tadoussac. We walked on the boardwalk, hung out at the Tadoussac Hotel and checked out the sand dunes. The biggest highlight and the raison d'etre was the whale watching!
16: Whale Watching | in Tadoussac was awesome! | We must have seen about 30 whales! So amazing that I think we will never go again as it can never be as spectacular. | We were on a Zodiak with about 30 people and we managed to get really close.
17: 7 Cities: Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Cleveland, Canton, & Cincinnati 6 States: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan & Ohio 4 Baseball Fields 3 Colleges 2 Hall of Fames 1200 miles... | Cincinnati | Madison | 8/7-8/14
18: MINNESOTA | MINNEAPOLIS
19: COLLEGE TOURS | Danielle's future dorm | ISCONSIN | W
22: CANTON | CINCINNATI | MEANWHILE...
23: While the boys took their road trip, Avery went back to Boston (flight to DC cancelled, overnight stay in Newark) and Susie went | PARIS | LONDON | and | to... | 8/7-8/15
24: Day One | I arrived at Apostrophe, a charming boutique hotel in the 6th arrondisement near the Luxembourg Gardens. | The shower was amazing with a rain shower at the top and jets at the side! | A quick lunch at an outdoor cafe got me fortified for sightseeing | First stop: Arc de Triomphe | Champs D'Elysees | View from underneath | Lady Liberty screams "Freedom is this way!" and points the direction with a sword. The soldiers below her are tired, naked and stumbling, but she rallies them to carry on the fight against oppression.
25: Montmarte Walking Tour | Montmarte Cemetary | World famous singer & actress | Moulin de la Galette | Moulin Rouge
26: Toulouse -Lautrec's House | La Maison Rose Restaurant, made famous by Utrillo was frequented by him, Picasso & Gertrude Stein | Au Lapin Agile Cabaret Picasso, Renoir, Utrillo, Modigliani and other artists would gather for "performances"
27: Sacre-Coeur Basilica | Montmarte Graffiti
28: The rue de la Huchette is one of Paris' oldest Rive Gauche streets in the Latin Quarter | Fontaine Saint Michel in the Latin Quarter | Ending a wonderful first day with a rainbow | Notre Dame far away and close up
29: Day Two | Marais Walking Tour | (ala Rick Steve) | Place de la Bastille | Looking down Rue St. Antoine | Colonne de Juillet | Opera Bastille
30: Walked through Hotel (Mansion) de Sully to Place des Vosges, one of Paris' finest squares. Victor Hugo lived at #6 from 1832-1848. He wrote much of his important work there including Les Miserables. | Statue of Louis XIII is at the center of the square. The second floor view is from Hugo's home.
31: Carnavalet Museum | Loved this museum! So many interesting things to see and beautiful gardens | Louis XIV | These were the signs shopkeepers used to show their trade
32: Rue des Franc Bourgeois | Paris Historical Library | Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue | Used to be Jewish Turkish Baths | Sign by the Ecole de Travail | Holocaust Memorial | Honoring those who saved Jewish lives in WW11
33: Pompidou Center
34: Obelisk of Luxor at Place de Concord site where Louis XVI and others guillotined | L'eglise Saint Merry built in 1500s. Has oldest bell in Paris cast in 1331. | Tour Sainte Jacques
35: Ob | I went on the night bike tour of Paris! | We met at the Eiffel Tower and then went to their office to get our bikes | Official authority of French Language | Locks of love on the bridge | Notre Dame | Academie Francaise
36: Biking around the Louvre | The bike tour included a boat ride down the Seine. Very beautiful! Unfortunately my camera ran out of batteries | and these were taken with my iPhone.
37: Day Three | Luxembourg Gardens | Bought a 2-day museum pass & ended up getting my money's worth: | Palace | St. Chapelle, Conciergerie, Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Orangerie, Rodin Gardens, Musee d'Armee ( all day 3) and Versailles, Musee Quai Branly (day 4)
38: Sainte-Chapelle | 6500 square feet of stained glass-two thirds of it 13th century original. Just stunning! | One of the most beautiful churches I've ever been in. | Baby Moses being placed in the river by his sister
39: Palais de Justice with Sainte Chapelle in the background | "Liberte, Fraternite, Egalite" | Conciergerie | The Hall of the Guards | Hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from La Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine, including Marie Antoinette | Poorest prisoners got nothing | Those with money got a bed | The richest got a desk and light
40: Arch de Triomphe du Carousel, opposite Louvre | From inside the Pyramid | Louvre | I battled the hordes to see the Mona Lisa | Eros & Psyche | La Victoire de Samothrace | Worth it but then I left | Statue of Thomas Jefferson
41: Went to Musee d'Orsay- fabulous impressionist works and then to L'Orangerie which has a circular room with eight mammoth curved panels of Water Lilies by Claude Monet. Orangerie allows photos. | Orangerie Museum | Modigliani | Renoir | Picasso | Matisse
42: Rodin Gardens
43: L'Hotel des Invalides aka Musee de l'Armee | Eglise du Dome church built 1679 | The remains of the emperor, inside this sarcophagus, are protected by six concentric coffins, built from different materials, including mahogany, ebony, and oak, all one inside the other. | Dome seen from the Rodin Gardens
44: Pere Lachaise Cemetary | Oscar Wilde | Edith Piaf | Moliere | Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas are buried together. I tried to see Jim Morrison's grave but they kicked me out at 5:50pm without letting me see it! So frustrating. Now I have an excuse to go back to Paris.
45: Ended an action-packed day 3 with a sunset | Located in Saint Germain-des-Pres both of these cafes had famous patrons such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. | Hotel de Ville-City Hall
46: Day Four | Day at Versailles | We traveled by train with our bikes to Versailles, stopping at the market to buy provisions for our picnic lunch. We biked all around the grounds seeing Marie Antoinette's house and the Grand & Petit Trianons. and the Palace. | Desserts in Paris are super yummy. | I fell off my bike once on each bike trip. Not fun!
47: Our guide, Billy, was entertaining and informative! | Grand Trianon | Petit Trianon
48: Versailles Front
49: Rear | & Gardens
50: Hall of Mirrors | Chapel | Louis XIV bed where he died and was also used by XV & XVI | Marie Antoinette's bed and of previous queens. Nineteen princes were born on it.
51: Walked the Champs -Elysee after Versailles | Most delicious macarons ever! | Musee du Quai Branly | Went in to use the bathroom (free because of the museum pass) but became fascinated with the ethnic art | Pistachio my favorite | Original Art Deco metro signs. Metro very easy and fast although I walked a ton!
52: Last evening in Paris | Waited for it to sparkle at 10pm
53: Off to London! | Went by Eurostar- From Gare du Nord to St. Pancras Station in just over 2 hours!
54: First night went with Dad to this beautiful restaurant- Wolseley- and then to see "Yes, Prime Minister" which was very funny. The next day I met Dad & Jessi for lunch and a stroll on Portobello Road. | Then Dad and I wandered around Regent's Park, enjoying the roses.
55: Later on, Steve, Gaby and I had drinks, sushi and ice cream (3 different places) in Soho and caught up with the news of the past year.
56: I stayed with Maggie & Greg and on my last day, we went to Claydon House in Buckinghamshire. | Florence Nightingale spent a lot of time there and this is her bedroom and office | We went to a pub for lunch and I had my last scone fix at afternoon tea | I had a fabulous trip! Can't wait to return, especially to Paris!