Bern Kasel-Kuis, Germany
vineyards along the Mosel Valley
interesting architecture, wonderful slate roofs
starting through the Black Forest
having a wonderful dinner at Birkenhof in Weidenthal, Germany
The Black Forest,
scary, narrow, twisting roads
now we're in Paris
our first stop----Notre Dame
The Rose Window
at Notre Dame
good view of the famous "flying buttresses"
walking along the Seine
our apartment building
27 Rue Daphine
We were 4 flights up (72 steps) and no elevator----helped walk off the baguettes and croissants
the small red door is our entrance
right next to a chocolate shop!
at Sacre Couer
Sacre Couer Basilica
a better look at the basilica
Cafe des deux Moulins, Monmarte--- yes, I am an "Amelie" fan ---had the best lunch here (vegetable tartine with goat cheese)
famous for their Can Can dancers
and of course, where Toulouse-Lautrec captured the dancers on canvas
La Tour Eiffel
The Eiffel Tower
view from the first platform stop
view from the Eiffel Tower
a rainbow---make a wish
view of the Seine
view from the top
over 1000 feet up
photos do not do the view justice
having galletes for dinner (dinner crepes) fantastic
the crepe chef was also the entertainment
typical street in our neighborhood---
this is just after sunset, 10 pm!
had to go to Poilane, Paris's most famous boulangerie (bakery) ---
has the most fantastic bread, baguettes, pastries
safe, great to use
we got off at the wrong metro stop---very modern part of Paris
The Grand Arch
The Arc de Triomphe---
Napoleon commisioned it in 1806---(Todd, Joe Pepitone designed it in 1802)
General Patton and American troops rode through when liberating France in 1944
the most famous avenue in Paris
some interesting cars in showrooms along the Champs-Elysees
no souvenir shopping here!
a view from the Champs-Elysees down to the Arc de Triomphe
the most beautiful bridge in Paris---The Pont Alexander III,
guilded with lots of gold
The Musée d'Orsay, my personal favorite museum in Paris , on the left bank of the Seine; it holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography, best known for its extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces by such painters such as Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Van Gogh.
Manet, The Young Flautist
don't recall the artist, but I love it!
self-portrait, van Gogh--I cried when I got up so close, almost can feel the brush strokes
Noon Rest---van Gogh
the Bedroom at Arles---van Gogh
Church at Auvers---van Gogh
The Ball at the Moulin de la Gallette---by Renoir
not sure of this artist
outside the Musee D'Orsay
inside our studio flat
dessert at Polidor's---Tart Tartine, fantastic
outside Polidor's---a bistro we went to twice---the food and atmosphere were so great
beautiful walk along the Seine
Venus de Milo, an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture---Created at some time between 130 and 100 BC, it is believed to depict Aphrodite (Venus to the Romans) the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm (6 ft 8 in) high. Its arms and original plinth have been lost.
the museum itself is a work of art
The Winged Victory of Samothrace, is a third century B.C. marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory). Since 1884, it has been prominently displayed at the Louvre and is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world.
Ah, finally I see the Mona Lisa!! It is a 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. The work is owned by the Government of France and is on the wall in the Louvre ==
The painting is a half-length portrait and depicts a woman whose expression is often described as enigmatic. Few other works of art have been subject to as much scrutiny, study, mythologizing, and parody--
much smaller than I realized
It's behind glass (plexiglas?) and hard to get a great photo
The famous Pyramid by I. M. Pei, is a large glass and metal pyramid, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard (Cour Napoleon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) in Paris. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. Completed in 1989, it has become a landmark for the city of Paris.
Dutch Painters of the Renaissance---the famous Vermeer was on loan to Kyoto, Japan
outside of the Louvre---holds more than 35,000 pieces of art
Jardin des Tuileries, right outside the Louvre,
is Paris's most central garden. It connects the Louvre with the Place de la Concorde.
If only I could paint this iris like van Gogh-----
view of the Obelisk of Luxor, a pink granite monolith that was given to the French in 1829 by Egypt. The edifice, which once marked the entrance to the Amon temple at Luxor, is more than 3,300 years old and is decorated with hieroglyphics portraying the reigns of the pharaohs Ramses II and Ramses III.
view of the Eiffel Tower from the Pont Alexander III bridge
zooming in for a better view
Arc du Carrousel at the Louvre
great view of the Louvre---it's hard to show the length and breadth and magnificence.
Samaritaine, the largest department store in Paris (unfortunately closed for renovations)
our boat ride along the Seine
Notre Dame at night
The Jardin du Luxembourg is the largest public park in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, France. This is the Medici Fountain.
having lunch (baguette sanwiches of course) in the Jardin de Luxembourg
all the trees were shaped---a beautiful park
We found the Statue of Liberty, first model, by Frédéric Bartholdi, 1870 ----Jardin de Luxembourg
Pétanque, a game being played at the Luxembourg Gardens
Outside Saint-Sulpice, the 1844 fountain by Visconti displays the sculpted likenesses of four bishops of the Louis XIV era.
Shakespeare and Company is an independent bookstore located in the 5th arrondissement, in Paris's Left Bank.The shop was often visited by artists of the Lost Generation,such as Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and James Joyce.
great view of Notre Dame
a procession on the Saint-Germain des Prés
around the corner from us (Saint Germain, 6th arrondissement)----perfect location!
entrance to The Palace of Versailles, the royal château
French school girls on a field trip
Marie Antoinette's bed
The famous "Hall of Mirrors"
you have to see it to appreciate the opulence and grandeur
no wonder the French revolted
the gardens at Versailles
Built by Louis IX in the 1240's to house relics from the Holy Land believed to be the Crown of Thorns and part of the True Cross----one of the inspiring visual experiences of Paris, due to its stained glass windows which essentially surround the entire upper floor.
also known as the jewel of Paris
Sainte Chapelle from the outside
the Conciergerie, a former royal palace and prison in Paris, located near Sainte Chapelle and Notre-Dame--- part of the larger complex known as the Palais de Justice, which is still used for judicial purposes---hundreds of prisoners during the French Revolution were taken from La Conciergerie to be executed on the Guillotine---probably its most famous prisoner was Marie Antionette