Friday, March 09, 2007

where do i even begin?...

i am finally feeling back to normal after a couple of nights of no sleep and a messed up schedule. my mom went home this morning and i miss her already, estee is struggling a bit too... she has asked for her grandma all day, poor girl. i am still getting lots and lots of loves because she is so happy to have me back.
i am excited to share all about our trip, hopefully you dont get too bored because i took alot of photos and we kept really, really busy like non-stop all day everyday.
our trip started in paris, after a looong night of travel in very uncomfortable seats we arrived in paris at around noon, checked into our hotel and headed out... first stop the eiffel tower. We famillarized ourselves with the metro station the first day and it was our only mode of transportation our entire time in paris (there was a metro stop right across from our hotel) we didn't want to go to the top of the tower until it was night time so we just hung out and walked around the park, had a great lunch at a little cafe (we had a great book with fabulous restaurant recomendations so all of the food we ate was out of this world) and then went to the famous champs elysees. We walked around the arc de triomphe, shopped a bit, got a crepe filled with chocalate and sugar and whipped creme (we had one a day!) and just soaked it in... after a great dinner we called it a night because we had a ton planned for the next day... flowers on the street, paris, france

the next morning we had breakfast at our hotel, just one of the things i love about paris is the breakfast... fresh croissonts and breads (some even filled with chocalate) fancy cheeses (oh the cheese...) hot chocalate, waffles with nutella, oh i could go on and on... after breakfast we headed out for musee d'orssay this was the museum i was the most excited about before we came and it did not dissapoint. The museum is all the works of impressionists from degas, monet, manet, pissaro to van gough and renoir (i am going to dedicate an entire post to just the art that we saw in 10 museums in total that we visited, seriously mind blowing!)

eiffel tower, paris, france

after musee d'orsay we went to the georges-pompidou center where the musee national d'art moderne is which houses an extensive collection of modern art (i particularly loved the photography galleries, so inspiring) by the time we had been through both museums our feet hurt and we were really hungry so we had lunch and then went to see notre dame and sainte chappelle

a typical street corner in paris, france

i have such a thing for religous art and and all of the gothic architecture and the beautiful stained glass. they were such gorgeous cathedrals and all that you would imagine them to be. it had been raining a little bit on and off all day and so the sky was gorgeous and when the sun peeked through the clouds it was such a sight. we had a fancy dinner that night and then went to bed.

renoir works in musee d'orsay, paris, france

notre dame cathedral, paris, france

stained glass in notre dame, paris, france

chris in awe looking at sainte chappelle cathedral, paris, france

the next day was our anniversary and we planned on spending most of it in the famous louve museum, we set out early and spent nearly 5 hours in there (could have spent more time in there too) i still cant wrap my mind around some of the art we layed our eyes on, the venus de milo, winged victory (took my breath away), the dying slave (michelangelo), and of couse di vinci's mona lisa. we had planned on having dinner at le grand coulbert (where the last scenes in somethings gotta give are filmed) but when we got there they were full and we didn't have reservations but thanks to our trusty book we still had a delicious and very romantic dinner. after dinner we went back to the eiffel tower and watched it twinkle and took the ride to the top, it was cold and crowded but such an amazing expierence and a great way to celebrate our 4th anniverary... together, at the top of the eiffel tower.

taking a break in the louve museum, paris, france

looking out the pyramid in the louve museum, paris, france
the next morning we caught a train to the chateau de versailles it is actually about 20 miles outside of the city but so worth the trip. The palace was so beautiful with the most gorgeous fresco painted ceilings and fabrics and paintings like you wouldnt believe. after the tour of the palace we went to explore the gardens that were not adorned with the usual flowers and fountains (because of the season) but were still amazing.

a bycicle lined street, paris, france
a beautiful sight, versaillies garden, paris, france
inside the versailles palace, paris, france
the gardens of versailles, paris, france

after our trek to versailles we headed up to the montmarte area of town where the sacre coeur cathedral is. It is a really cool area with tons of artists all around painting and a lot of shopping, we walked around there and then headed back to our hotel to pick up our bags and catch our train to venice (an overnight train that left at 9pm) we were really sad to leave paris but so excited for venice and felt that we got to see most of what we had planned (of course paris has so much history and so much to do there is always more) but little did we know what was in store for us when we stepped off that train... i should warn you there will be some serious raving and gushing in my next post because i am crazy in love with venice...


amy m said...

Your trip really does sound like a dream. How cool that you guys were able to spend your anniversary in Europe no less the Louve pouring over all the art. I would love to go to Versailles as well. It looks beautiful.

I love all the photos you captured...amazingly beautiful. I have to say the on of Chris in the Louve has got to be my favorite. Something about it just begs me to ask for more.

Caroline said...


I am so glad that you liked Paris!
I hope any of my little tidbits helped you out on your trip.
Sounds like you got to see a lot in your short time there!
Just curious? Did you get a change to try the greek sandwiches? :)

Kim said...

What breathtaking photography Amy. You have THE most amazing eye. I am in love with every single one of these shots, and I too love the one of your husband in the Louvre, what an awesome shot. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Auntie Ann said...

These are beautiful, you are amazing! I am glad to have you back though!

emily said...

your trip is making me SO want to be there.
Joe and I got to go last June and we did so many of the same things you guys did.
Great description, nice sensory images, and good flow...

(can you tell I'm an English teacher??)

I made a Blurb book of all our photos, and it has been our new favorite possession. (And less overwhelming than scrapbooking this time.)

Kari said...

Oh, it sounds so dreamy!! I LOVE all the pictures and I can't wait to hear about Venice!!

sarah marie said...

ok my favorite hands down is the one of notre dame with the grey sky. then a close second is the one in versaillies..a beautiful sight. and i love the bycicle lined street too. ok..i love all of them. hearing every detail. keep it coming.

Andrea said...

Sounds and looks like you had an amazing trip! What a treat to be able to share your anniversary in Paris!!! How romantic...I love all of your pictures! You must be so happy to be back home with Estee!!!

Leah Wright said...

Can't adequetly comment on all of these through words. Must talk to you in person about this trip.

The Christian's said...

I loved seeing your pictures and hearing your descriptions! I felt like I was there too! I want to go to Paris and Italy now. :)

Heather said...

Talented lady....that is all there is to say about that.