Thanks John for the photos!
John, Jenn, Aaron and I took a dinner cruise on the Seine when we were in Paris. It was another thing Aaron and I had not done before, so we were looking forward to the experience. My first trip to Paris as a teenager my family and I took a river ride on the Seine, but it was not a dinner cruise.
We had a great time! The waitress was so surprised when we told her we would not be having champagne or any alcohol. She asked us quite a few times if we were sure we did not want something more than water and/or soda. By the end of the evening she told us she was very impressed that we did not drink alcohol. It is a very hard concept for the french to understand and respect.
We arrived at the boat around 8pm and we left the dock at 8:30. It was a two hour cruise up and down the Seine. We had a menu with 3-4 choices for each course. We ordered our food at the start of the cruise and the courses, 4-5 total, kept coming until the ride was over. We started with an apéritif, cheese/cauliflower puffs, with our drinks, then we had soup or a salad, our main dish, a cheese tray and then dessert. I tried the duck and Aaron had a plate of veggies. Their mashed sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes were so yummy! We all really liked our food!
It was fun seeing some of the sites from the boat. For example, the Eiffel Tower was beautiful as we rode by. When the sun goes down the Eiffel Tower has a light show on the hour and we happened to be passing by right at 10 pm. It was so neat! Also, Aaron was able to capture the Statue of Liberty, with the Eiffel Tower in the back ground!
We loved being with friends and we had a night of laughter, good food, fantastic ambiance in one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
Last week I enjoyed taking Alexis and her roommate, Rebecca, to Paris. Rebecca was leaving for America and, of course, Paris was a must see. We visited all the popular sites.
The Eiffel Tower
The Louvre (the below pictures are of Napoleon III Apartments)
Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie (I didn’t get many photos.)
No photos: Versailles, Notre Dame, Champs-Élysées, Place de Concorde, Tuileries Gardens, Metro, RER, delicious restaurants, crêpes, Arc de triomphe…
The Vélodrome d’hiver was an indoor bicycle track and stadium not too far from the Eiffel Tower. On July 16 and 17, 1942 the French police, under German orders, round up over 13,000 Jews, 4,000 being children, and located them in this large stadium under terrible circumstances. The Jews were given barely any water or food, the sanitation conditions were almost non existent and it was extremely crowded. The Jews were held there for about a week and then deported to concentration camps throughout Europe. The majority never survived.
I have read many books and histories about this particular historical event. Our friend, Benjamin, loaned me a french movie, La rafle du Vel’ d’hiv, 16 et 17 juillet 1942, that was difficult for me to watch. It took me three days to get through the whole film. It is one of the most accurately portrayed film of these events.
When Aaron and I were in Paris we had a morning to ourselves and I wanted to find the small memorial in the location where the Vélodrome used to stand. I am so glad we found the monument and plaque. I felt like it was sacred ground and it stirred more emotions in me in regards to this period of history. I was happy to see that a future memorial garden is currently under construction.
One of our favorite places to visit in Paris is Versailles. Aaron and I love going and spending an afternoon in the gardens. We took Jenn and John to Versailles and we spent quite a few hours there. The grounds are massive, around 1,976 acres of land! We all had a fun time visiting the Château, Marie Antionette’s hamlet, the Grand Trianon, the Petit Trianon and the extensive gardens!
Aaron and I traveled to Paris two weeks ago to spend a few days with my best friend from college, Jenn and her husband John. We were so excited to finally have family and/or friends come to visit. We spent 2.5 days with them in Paris. Aaron and I went a day early so we could spend a little time together too. It was a fun few days in Paris and then we all took the train south so they could spend a few days with us in Sanilhac.
One of the places we visited while in Paris was the Sainte-Chapelle. Aaron nor I had visited this cathedral before. The Sainte-Chapelle is a medieval Gothic chapel dating back to the late 1230’s-1240’s. It was erected under the commission of King Louis IX to house his collection of the Passion relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns. The chapel was damaged during the French Revolution but it was restored in the 19th century. It has one of the largest 13th century stained glass collections in the world. It was magnificent! My iphone did not capture the vibrant colors of the stained glass. It is not a large chapel, like Notre Dame, but it is beautiful! The ceiling of the chapel is a vibrant blue that did not show up in my photos. The Sainte-Chapelle is a few blocks away from the Notre Dame.