Paris Part III

This will be the final Paris post you have to suffer through. I am trying to hit only the highlights, but we did take over 400 pictures!

The Sacré-Coeur has to be another favorite attraction we saw. You can't take pictures inside but it is breath taking. The ceiling has a tile mosaic of Jesus that is beautiful. Similar to the Notre Dame it is equally majestic on the outside as it is on the inside.Mass was going on while we visited and we were able to sit and listen for a while.
The Sacré-Coeur was built in 1875 as a monument of Government Moral Order as a reflection of the national yearning for spiritual renewal after the Franco-Prussian War. The most humbling aspect was that someone is praying in the church 24 hours a day and has been for 125 years! It is a living church and glorious building.
Musée d'Orsay seemed small in comparison to the Lourve but was just as amazing. I learned I like sculpture and impressionist art the best. We saw some of Van Gogh's and Monet's most famous paintings to name a few.
After a hard morning of sight seeing we needed a little relaxation by the pond in the park. Love this about Paris! They provide reclining chairs.

Then we were off to the Place de la Concorde.
The 3200 year old obelisk was from the temple of Ramses II. It was given to Louis Philippe by the Viceroy of Egypt and installed in 1836.
At the North and South axis of the obelisk are two fountains. One represents the harvest of the river and the other the harvest of the sea.
I am thinking I need a fountain now too. :0)
We walked across Pairs' two most famous bridges.
Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, and Pont Alexandre III, the most beautiful.
Pont Alexandre III was built for the Universal Exposition in 1900 to allow visitors to cross the Seine river easily between attractions. It is decorated with intricate lampposts, cherubs and nymphs. At each end stand two huge pillars with gold statues.

The French really have an eye for beauty and grandeur.

A view of the Grand Palis from Pont Alexandre III.
Pont Zero - the point from which all distances are measured in France. I would have loved to know how many miles we put down while we were there. We tried to see as many of the top Paris attractions as possible before going to work and our feet took the brunt of it.

This was such a wonderful opportunity for us. We haven't been alone on a vacation that long since our honeymoon. Before we left I wondered if we would run out of things to say since we can hardly get a complete sentence in at home and if we do, it is usually about the kids. We traveled well together and really enjoyed this special time even though we missed the kids so much.

Working with Max was a delight and made me miss my professional side. Hopefully once the kids are all in school full time we will be able to work together more. Paris is indeed a romantic and magical place that we will never forget.


Courtney said...

Great memories. So happy you got to experience it together!

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