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Sharing our European Vacation

Posted by bigceebee on May 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words so what follows is the 32,000 word story of our trip to London and Paris.


May 7, 2012


Our chariot awaits at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport



Just around midnight, Montreal time, 5am, London time


May 8, 2012


U.K. sunrise at 35,000 feet



The Tower of London and I



And, of course, the Tower Bridge


May 9, 2012


Kensington Palace... Nice restrooms in there, I must say



St-Paul's Catherdral



Funky Soho where we had amazing fish'n'chips at a pub called The Green something...


May 10, 2012


St-Pancras International Train Station, London... Destination, Paris...



Rue de Pastourelle, 3e Arrondissement, our neighbourhood for a week



A view from our fourth floor apartment


May 11, 2012

  First time one sees the Eiffel Tower is impressive.


Here's how close one gets to the top.



Me... In Paris... On a boat... On the Seine... Priceless... :)



Our first Parisian sunset...


May 12, 2012


The gardens at Musée Carnavalet



The famous Café de Flore in the St-Germain des Près district


Canal St-Martin


May 13, 2012


L'hôtel des Invalides built in 1670-1679


  

The Sennelier art supply store founded in 1887 which counted among its customers the likes of Picasso and Cezanne. The bottom photo was taken in the early 1900s... Little has changed.



The Palais Garnier, Paris' premier ballet venue.


May 14, 2012


Pei's Pyramid entrance at the Louvre



Napoleon's throne. They wouldn't let me sit on it.



And, of course, the Mona Lisa


May 15, 2012


Le château de Versailles. Bad home design... The garages aren't even attached... :)



Musée d'Orsay, where we saw countless works by Degas, Cezanne, Monet and others



Inside view of one of Orsay's massive clocks


May 16, 2012


Notre-Dame Cathedral. Beautiful view from atop but the 400 step spiral staircase is a bitch. :)



Champs-Elysées from the top of Arc de Triomphes. The climb here was only 286 steps.


Le Penseur (The Thinker) in the gardens of Musée Rodin


May 17, 2012

Home, Sweet, Home...

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2 Comments

Reply Adina
12:32 PM on May 21, 2012 
Awesome photos; made me uncomfortably aware of how long it's been since I was last in Europe. Thank you for sharing ... a vicarious vacation actually a decent option! :) And, welcome back!
Reply Edie
2:15 PM on May 21, 2012 
Simply stunning! Thanks for sharing Claude!