My friend, Cindi has ancestors from France, so when she made her first trip to Europe to visit me, we decided to take the Eurostar Train to visit the country of her people. After exploring London and Kent for a few days, Cindi went ahead of me to Paris while I was teaching school. By the time I joined her on Saturday morning, Cindi was a pro at getting around the city, so we were able to dive right in to see as much as we could in a short time. We met at Musee d'Orsay. I loved their collection of Impressionist paintings, but I'm sorry to say photos were not allowed.
|Looking out from behind the clock in Musee d'Orsay|
|Inside Musee d'Orsay|
Next up was Notre Dame. I haven't been here for 26 years, so it was wonderful to be back!
|Dazzling Notre Dame Window|
|Parisian Street Performer|
I have to admit I didn't really know what the Conciergerie was, but we stopped by on our way to Sainte-Chapelle and found that it was a former royal palace that became a prison during the French Revolution. It was here that Marie Antoinette was imprisoned before her execution. I'd read a novel about her, including her time here, so it was really interesting to see.
|Marie Antoinette's Cell in the Conciergerie|
|Cindi and I take a break at a sidewalk café.|
|On the Boat Ride|
|So Pretty at Night!|
|The Eiffel Tower by Night!|
|Then they added twinkle lights!|
Our main focus on Sunday was a visit to the Louvre. It's been remodeled since I was last here in 1987, so I was really looking forward to returning.
|Outside the Louvre|
|Cindi and Winged Victory|
|Of course, Mona Lisa, behind her bullet-proof glass was a highlight.|
|I always love seeing paintings that are used in our art docent program|
at Sierra Hills, so I was excited to see this Portrait of an Old Man with a Young Boy.
|Venus de Milo|
|Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss|
The Code of Hammurabi, 1772 B.C!
|The Tuileries Garden|
|Obelisk at the Place de le Concorde|
|Arc de Triomphe|
Our last stop was Sacre Coeur. I took the funicular up to the highest point in Paris and took in the views from the top of Montmartre while Cindi did some last minute shopping in the lanes below. It was a treat to hear a choir of nuns inside the basilica during the Sunday worship service. The Eurostar station was only 2 metro stops away, and from there we took the 2 hour train trip back to the UK through the undersea"Chunnel" through the English Channel. I think Cindi enjoyed her first trip abroad, and I certainly enjoyed having company from home to join me on a quick trip to Paris.