Eiffel Tower: quite the scene when lit up on the evening of Day 1
Love this photo... admiring a frescoe in the Louvre. Paris was Hannah's personal choice for the start of her Cruise with Mimi and Pop Pop. We hope her experiences and memories will carry forward through a lifetime of travel and learning
Mike takes Day 1 early morning walk under leaky skies... while Stell and Hannah catch up from jetlag
Inclement weather was not deterring visitors at the Louvre
The sun makes attempt to break through
Vendors wrap goods in plastic
Umbrellas at the ready
ooh la la, sun momentarily peeks through
Not many pedestrians at 6:30
There is something special about rain-slicked Paris streets
Businessman walks right past turkey
Woman peers out to hail taxi under overcast skies
Early morning inventorying?
Love corner cafes for morning cafe au lait and freshly baked croissant
Big scarves are the rage
The original "Don't leave home without it" item, but who uses ink pens these days?
Engraved business cards are rarely seen these days
Stationer exclusif... catering just to English speaking scribes? What would Voltaire say?
Fine sheets, towels and feather pillows
Paris deli offers more than most in U.S.
Did the cock not crow?
Summer sales everywhere: you know what that meant, right?
George gets to recommend fare at fancy gourmand store
Boutique specializing in antique emerald rings
There is uniqueness to this one way street... bikers get to go wrong way
Fancy cheese shop...
Views from our top floor room... should have taken a photo of the tiny elevator
Not many skyscrapers in Paris
Every apartment appears well vented
Stamp dealer sorts his stuff through window below us
Back at Hotel Mayet: wake up coffee... at 10 o'clock
Clever foldout mirror behind a decorative panel; sophisticated young lady ready to go
On our way to the...
Women call me papparazzi
The greening of Paris (pharmacies in France display this sign)
Musee de l'Armee, tomb of Emperor Napoleon
Sidewalk cafe patron enjoys her repaste
If it's Wednesday, it must be Paris
Reflections on French dinner menu
Walking towards the Eiffel Tower... streets have temporarily dried in comfortable mid-70s heat
The size is right... room to spare on both ends
All 1200 feet of it
Hanging out near cooking school
The structure gets more and more massive
It has remained the highest structure in Paris since 1889
We find our guide amidst the throng at scheduled hour nearing sunset
Carriage driver claps for business
Disco ball ready to be elevated for Bastille Day
Time saved was worth the price...
... long lines were imposing
On the job two years, he said
Handbags of every size
Interesting that a ship should be the symbol of the Eiffel Tower
Our guide was tres expressif... and a bit eccentric
Bienvenue translates Welcome
Tour guide's girlfriend listens attentively
The city stretches before us
One more elevator ride to go
Elevator wheel churn back and forth
Paris and the Seine from every vantage point
Dramatic Eiffel angle
Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur dominate horizon
Gold dome of Musee de l'Armee at upper right
Tour Eiffel casts shadows over Champs de Mars
Ponts d 'Alma, des Invalides, Alexandre III and de la Concorde from L to R
Last rays gleam on golden spire
Monsieur Eiffel... in wax
... our parting shot
Hannah and I like decorative door knockers
Permanent stainless seats at this cafe
A favorite hangout of Hemingway and contemporary notables, per our guidebook
What did I miss?
Translation: Sales - Last Markdown
Message for Peggy
Europeans love flowers; so does Stell
The Louvre... we ignore threatening skies on Day 2
Jean d'Arc, savior of France, might have a problem saving Paris from today's tourists
(suggest a caption)
Looking for the No-Line entrance
Escalators help in world's largest museum
Lobby under I.M. Pei's pyramid
Bookshop hawks its money card
... life mimics art
Studying online guide on you go?
How can one possibly say which is the best masterpiece
Focus is sometimes off when the camera is fooled by protective glass
Eyes on us from every painting and statue
... a straighter one on this handsome Roman
... and this Egyptian
Gallery upon gallery
Look this way, Monsieur
... and who might this be?
Stell points and shoots
Each item identified... en francais
The fabric is as soft today as the day it was created
Haughty, disdainful, disapproving, distant... all in one glance
So much beauty all in one place!
Elegant simplicity... 3500 years old
The Greeks had rythm
... and angst
Fly with me
A busted nose doesn't daunt this beauty
Hannah and Pop Pop make eye contact
200 year old painters learning techniques from 200 year old Masters
Stell asks: "Why isn't she the Mona Lisa?"
Pop Pop really likes this one
Male and female forms have been admired through millenia
Almost too much to contemplate
One of Pop Pop's favorites
Sometimes the frame is more opulent than the subject matter
Tres interisante but this pace kills my back!
Catherine The Great visits Paris; soon we'll visit her in St Petersburg
Inner courtyard of immense edifice
Renoir does not disappoint
Scintillating Impressionist techniques...
Claude Monet: Ice Thawing on the Seine, 1880
Stell asked "How does a painter execute from close up?"
Making sure Pop Pop doesn't get lost
I.M.Pei designed a masterful entrance and lower lobby
Thousands of canvasses
Outstanding in every gallery
How do we get to... ???
Cappucino for Euros 10... I don't think so. We pass.
Pop Pop tries portraiture
Hole in the wall
Finding our way out from lower lobby
Reflection on Paris
... by all nationalities
What are pedastals for?
... at the Louvre?
Touring by Hop On Hop Off bus
Notre Dame on Isle de la Cite
... how many captions are taken every day?
"Don'ts" at Notre-Dame: photos are ok but not with flashes
Tres belles fenetres...
Famous Notre Dame gargoyles...
... but we skip the line for the bell tower where gargoyles are up close and personal
Many ways to make a Euro... even puppetering
Nice brickwork on the house in the alley
Gay Paris in black and white
We did some serious damage here...
One of the things women do best!
Competitive prices for postcards and music boxes
American in Paris
The French show inventiveness in decorative items
... and in displaying biscuits
Flower vendors abound
Lady in pink
Paris has style
Hannah and Stell shopped while Pop Pop has his fun
...finds a scarf... ooh la la
Danish salesperson demos Indian accessories in a Paris boutique
What do you do when you are waiting for your partner to be served?
I think we joined everybody in ice cream cones
Street scenes wherever you look
Louis Vuitton, mais oui
L'Arc de Triomphe is too big to photograph closeup
A model tourist
Ms Hannah Hart finds a heart in Paris
Neat salt and pepper tray
Fancy French cuisine (the place was full before we left) costs a bundle; we splurged
Back at the hotel: Joker en l'Air on our TV monitor
Game show host
Hotel Mayet on third morning
Petit dejeuner at Hotel Mayet
More views from our room...
Pop Pop rises hours before the women
Top floor decor
Wall decoration makes one dizzy
Off again... Day 3
Sister and Brother
70% off sales are too tempting; both shoppers find goodies
Parts of old city block are spared from redevelopment
Original iron Metro cover
We briefly took cover on heaviest but brief downpour
Umbrellas come out
The lights of Paris on a grey day
Basilique di Sacre-Coeur: we remember that Hannah's great grandfather Michael Ross Gannett Sr was born on this day in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris (July 14, 1919)
What to do for boredom?
Many North African visitors
Une visiteur tres chic, n'est-ce pas?
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur
It brightens up
Music at Sacre-Coeur... un Euro, s'il vous-plait
Designer knock-offs offered by African emigres
Always the princess
The charm of Montmartre lives on in the steep streets, flights of steps and ivy-covered houses , but not in the trinket-filled Rue Turgot
Roasted corn as seen from hop on & off bus
Backpacking Aussie ?
Passage Jouffroy (passages couverts)
Can't miss Paris' largest department store
Amazing glass dome inside; wish the colors had come out
From Musee d'Orsay, looking down on the Louvre
... and Sacre Coeur
... and Seine (note lower walkway)
Peculiar but popular relaxing chair
No photos allowed of world's finest collection
... but postcards are an option
Musee d'Orsay is a converted train station
Stell studied his straight nose
We depart on Bastille Day (akin to our 4th of July)
...located on a quiet street near the Metro