One thing I miss from living in the Midwest..you don't see many peonies here in Hawaii..
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
After the Fleas, we headed out for some good old-fashioned tourist sightseeing...
I was just in love with the street signs...I took a lot of pictures...
We were heading for the Arc de Triomphe...which just happened to take us through this entrance to the courtyard of the Louvre..
..which, btw, I had no idea used to be the King's palace, until Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles. Serves me right for not paying attention. Also btw, this was as close as I got to going to the Louvre...7 days in Paris is tragically brief, and all kinds of things got dropped from the schedule, though we would tried harder to make it in here if we knew we were going to run out of time so fast!
A view worth that monumental flight of stairs. Staring down The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, which is where we came up. I guess it was worth saying I have been there, but honestly, it was not my favorite part of Paris. I mean, there was a Gap. I did not come to France to shop at the Gap. I way, way preferred the little winding, cobbled side streets, with all the buildings and cobblestones and walls and character older than my whole country. THAT was interesting..
This view, otoh..yepp, I am in *Paris*..
Staring down Rue Jean Mermoz, according to Google. Was just damn cool, was all I cared..
I loved this view...the Sacre Couer in Montmarte, visible way off in the distance, through the rain..Did I mention the rain? It rained from the second day through the second to last day. I liked it, though...I came armed with a sturdy umbrella that fit in my bag, a warm jacket, and boots..I was ready to handle anything, and it sure added to the experience! :p
To warm up from the rain and freezing wind on top of the Arc, we headed to Angelina's Tea Room, across from the Jardin de Tuileries, famous for their hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was pretty damn good...what passed for vegetarian options for lunch was so not. Won't be doing that again. Yuck.
Even their amazing looking sweets lined up in the case were off limits to us, being filled with eggs and glazed with gelatin. Oh, well, they LOOKED pretty freaking awesome!
Monday, December 31, 2012
I have no idea where this is, and I don't think it's Hawaii, but, Happy New Year from Hawaii, anyway!! :D
Credit: Villa Altea (Oh, hey..looking up the credit, apparently the pic is somewhere called Costa Blanca in the Mediterranean..Not really so close to Hawaii, huh? :p )
Sunday, December 30, 2012
The second day in Paris, it was a weekend, so we headed to the Paris Flea Markets..
There were old things..
And as expected, beautiful things..
Things you just wanted to buy the whole collection of and stuff in your suitcase...
Decidedly weird and even downright creepy things..
But I have to say..the steampunk R2D2 was pretty much my favorite thing I saw there. I mean, come on...how awesome would that be to greet guests at the front door???
Thursday, December 27, 2012
I went on a trip a couple of months ago. My Awesome In-Laws were going, and decided to take me along. How could I refuse...
Straight off the plane, a quick shower (cause SERIOUS grime after 20 hours of travel!), and we were out on the streets...
Just strolling past the River Seine..I mean, COME ON..this was the stuff of poetry and song..and there I was..
And of course, right on the river, Notre Dame. This was about 1-2 blocks from where we were staying. It felt surreal just saying that. We walked past it ALL the time, cause it was on the way to almost everywhere we went. Did I mention surreal??
My mom's first comment when she heard I was in Paris was TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES OF THE ARCHITECTURE!! So I did. (If you are wondering why that was her first comment about it, it would be because I basically told NO ONE I was going, and just..left. I was NOT going to jinx myself!! As it was, it got pretty close!)
The cafe nightlife was big...seemed half the city ate out every night..
Yes, this is a pic of me, looking slightly shellshocked, partly from a 20 hour trip over from Hawaii; and partly cause I was standing in the courtyard of Notre Dame, a place I had til that point pretty much only heard about in relation to hunchbacks. Insane.
I found this in my folder of pics from the first night...I cracked up when I saw it, and then refused to have anything to do with it...I had not flown halfway around the world, to the City of Lights, to drink Florida OJ. No matter how fancy it looked written in French.
I stayed in Paris for 7 days, and then went on to the next destination...give me a chance and I'll get all the days up! lol