Friday, May 25, 2012

Europe Trip: Paris

I am so excited to finally share our pictures from France!  We will start with Paris, the first stop of our trip.  I have uploaded a song that you can listen to while tagging along.  You might recognize it from the French film, Amelie.  Enjoy!
(Mark, keep practicing the piano so that you can play this while your mom
 and I host a French dinner party!)
We arrived in Paris Monday morning after a full day of traveling.  We took the Paris Metro to the Marais Arrondissement, our neighborhood in Paris for the next few days.  People were headed to work  and I loved how fast the French move through the Metro station.  You walk to the right and if you jump on the escalator, you stay to the right so that those in a hurry can pass you on the left.  Meanwhile, musicians play music similar to what is playing now.  Hardly anyone is talking.
Our apartment in Marais...
After dropping off our bags in the room, we set out to explore the city by foot.
Seine River
Notre Dame
 And finally, we saw the Eiffel Tower!
( I will explain this picture of Brent on the bridge in another post!)
This is an "I can't believe I am actually HERE" jump!
A view from the midway up the Eiffel:
The next morning, we took the train to Versailles.
In the afternoon, we walked along the Champs Elysses and went to the Arc de Triomph.  In my opinion, is was just as impressive as the Eiffel.  It is a huge landmark in the Tour de France, so I might be just a little biased!
We then headed to Montmartre Sacre Coer for dinner overlooking Paris.  It is kind of strange that so many people go there to drink wine on the steps of the church, but it really does provide a beautiful view of the city!
The next morning we went to Polaine for our first Parisan breakfast.  FYI, the typical Parisan breakfast is fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, toast and a croissant, with butter and jelly.
 We waked the streets, packed, and took the train headed to Aix-en-Provence!

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