Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Off to Paris!

It was hard to say goodbye to the Freench Riviera, but we were soooooo excited to head to Paris! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Paris? Have I mentioned that I want to live in Paris? Have I mentioned that I want to be Parisian? (Mom, if only you had given birth to me in Paris!) 

Our driver dropped us off at the teeny, tiny airport in Nice. Just as we walked up to the entrance, we realized that the airport had been evacuated and was locked down due to an unattended bag. Bomb specialists arrived. Thankfully, it wasn't a bomb. It was probably filled with someone's dirty underwear which, in some cases, might be worse than a bomb. We waited outside maybe an hour and then we were on our way.

We stayed at the Westin Paris which is in the heart of the city. 
The Westin is across the street from the Jardin des Tuileries, the 63-acre public garden adjacent to the Musee du Louvre. After we landed in Paris, we dumped our bags at our hotel and ran straight to garden. When we were in Paris last summer, it rained pretty much non-stop. We were so thrilled to have sunshine this time. 

These are all shots of the Louvre from different vantage points. We didn't go in again since we had so many other sites to see. I did, however, did take more photos of its exterior since it wasn't raining this time. 
There's a small amusement park along one side of the garden. That's the Louvre on the left
and in the background.
This is another triumphal arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, located between the Louvre and the garden. It dates back to 1080 and commemorates some of Napoleon's victories. I really like the pinkish marble.
Now for some shots of the beautiful garden. (The French gardens put American gardens to shame. Just sayin'.)
You can see la Tour Eiffel (the Eiffel Tower) in the background.
    
Here's my handsome sweetie.
I love this one. It's my attempt to be artsy.

Happy Wednesday, peeps!

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