Friday, February 18, 2011

Flashback Friday: J' adore Paris

Hello blog readers, I'm back! I must first start off by apologizing because I have been MIA for the past couple weeks. Since the start of February, I have been super busy with work, volleyball, and a little thing I like to call life. I know I have been neglecting my loyal readers, but not to worry, I have a lot of fun trips coming up in the next few weeks so I can guarantee some good posts. In honor of Valentine's day this week, I have decided to blog about one of the most romantic cities I have ever been to since beginning my travels. I think it's safe to say that Paris, France is an amazing city that oozes romance. The architecture, food, quaint coffee shops, museums, and language add to my love of the city. I first travelled to Paris back in 1997.  It was my first time leaving the USA and at 14 I felt like I had travelled to a fairytale of a city. Unfortunately back then there were no digital cameras, so I can't show you pictures at this point and time, but the memories I have in my head have been engraved forever. 

If you have been following my blog, you may remember from one of my past flashback posts I made an amazing friend when backpacking in 2006. Luis just so happened to live in Paris, so when he invited me for the weekend the only thing standing in my way was a 14 hour night train from Vienna.  So I boarded the train and made my way back to Paris. I will never forget arriving back in the train station and thinking what an amazing opportunity I was going to have to visit the city yet again. I had to check out some of my favourite places from my trip 9 years earlier. 

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris; Basilique du Sacré-Cœur which was constructed in 1919

View of the Eiffel Tower from the River Seine

I was blessed with amazing weather!

 Eiffel Tower 

Many people don't know about Pére Lachaise Cemetery, and because I was hanging out with a local, Luis insisted on showing me this attraction. I was a little hesitant about visiting a cemetery, but honestly it was really cool to wander around. A lot of famous people are buried at Pére Lachaise including: Jim MorrisonOscar Wilde, and Frédéric Chopin. 

Certain Friday's entrance to Louvre museum is free. This is my absolute most favourite museum in the world! The pictures below argue my case: 

Gustavo and Luis being ridiculous

On Sunday morning we decided to take a train outside of the city to check out the gardens at the Palace of Versailles. As you can see from the pictures it had been a long weekend so we had to sport our shades all day!

Versailles was just as grand and beautiful as I remembered it. I loved the fountains, gardens, and especially the Orangery

Can anyone really argue with Paris being the most romantic city in the world? I hope you all had a great valentine's week! Sending you love from across the pond.

Until next time, I'll see you on the internet

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