Wednesday, April 9, 2014

paris

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Paris. The city I have been dreaming about visiting for as long as I can remember. It didn't disappoint. Architecturally, Paris is the most beautiful city that I have ever laid eyes on. I felt like I was in a movie the whole time that I was there. It was very special to have time together in the City of Love for our 15th wedding anniversary.

After a flight from Rome, we got to Paris in the afternoon and immediately set out for the Eiffel Tour. I was not prepared for how huge the Eiffel Tower actually is. I was amazed. Since the line for climbing the steps of the Tower was significantly shorter than the line for the elevators, we chose the former. Then we paid a little more to take the elevator to the very top. It was magnificent. The Eiffel Tower is just so iconic. Anytime it was in my view I was reminded of the significance of our trip. 

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Our very favorite part of Paris was the 5 hour bike tour that we did with Fat Tire Bike Tours. I cannot recommend it enough. We biked all throughout Paris, seeing all of the big sites. Biking + Paris = Perfection.
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And then Blake got shat on by a bird, so maybe not perfection.
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After the tour we stopped at Luxembourg Gardens, where, unfortunately, it was too cold for anyone to be out doing activities like chess and sailing boats.  
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On Day 2, we started at the Orsay Museum, but it was closed for visiting dignitaries. So we walked over to Napoleon's Tomb and the War Museum. This church was incredibly beautiful and the tomb was so impressive.
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After the tomb, we decided to check out the Orsay Museum again, and thankfully, it was open. It was surreal to be looking at paintings by Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh.
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Next up was Notre Dame. Obviously, so beautiful also. 
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We ended up using public transportation in all of the cities a lot. It was a fun challenge for us to figure each system out. In Paris, the subway was free for 2 of our days because they were trying to encourage its use.
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That night was went to Sacre Coeur, another favorite. We walked all throughout Montmartre, taking in life on this hill and its markets, restaurants, and shops.
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We ended our walk at the infamous Moulin Rouge.
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Our last day in Paris was spent at Versailles. I am fascinated by the extravagant lifestyle Parisian royalty lived, so I thoroughly enjoyed all of Versailles. 
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As a landscape architect, Blake thoroughly enjoyed the grounds.
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Marie Antoinette had her own fully functioning farm built (among other things), so that she could enjoy village life whenever she so desired. I just can't imagine why the starving public hated her so much.
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My only request for our last dinner in Paris was that we eat somewhere that I could see the Eiffel Tower. I just wanted to take it in one more time.
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Au revoir Paris! Next up for us was the Netherlands where some very special people awaited us!

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