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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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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
02:15 PM on May 21, 2012 
Simply stunning! Thanks for sharing Claude!

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