Paris 2009

Susan and I took Max and Ben to Paris for a week, a celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary.  We did a ton of touristy things, and marvelled at everything.

Day 1: get there, nap, then walk a bunch.

 
Lunch at a nice little cafe; cost too much, however. Susan's goat cheese was particularly goat-y.
 
Surprisingly, the boys found things to eat at every meal, not always easy when traveling.
 
Gilded creatures
 
Pont Alexandre III, Susan's fav (though a bad Tsar!)
 
Tuileries carnival across from our hotel
 
Susan and Ben tried a really great ride at the Tuileries. They saw the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the distance.
 
View from the top of the Ferris Wheel.

Day 2: Notre Dame, Latin Quarter, and Ile St. Louis for ice cream.

 
Refreshed and ready for a long wait in line and a 400-step climb.
 
C'etait incroyable.
 
The bell tower
 
Modern family, ancient light
 
A vegetarian gargoyle.
 
Max got video, I got stills.
 
Taking their places among kings and queens.
 
We rode the Metro a lot.
 
Latin Quarter sweets: "Ooh, what's that!?" Something called "Butter and Sand," and also a honeyed confection for Max. Should have eaten much much more.
 
The butter and sand thingies directly right of Susan.

Day 3: Montmartre and Sacré Cœur.

 
Climbing Sacré Cœur, a cream-puff-like confection of a church.
 
Fun to be at the top at last.
 
Utterly magical view from Sacré Cœur.
 
A whimsical fountain.
 
A rare all-family shot.

Day 4: Catacombs, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées

 
Another cafe breakfast before the catacombs.
 
Walking through the quarry tunnels was spooky enough...
 
... then you get to the Empire of the Dead.
 
Not only spooky; also sad and somber.
 
Now.. where are we?
 
To the Arc de Triomphe.
 
Detail of sculpture inside the Arc.
 
I was fascinated by the Arc, how massive it was, how beautifully carved. When I learned you could climb it, I went back on my own and did.
 
Beautiful, but Susan and Ben were too tired to see much more that day.
 
Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc.
 
A light snack at Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées.

Day 5: Assault on the Eiffel Tower!

 
It's amazing to see the Tower peering over the neighborhoods.
 
The Eiffel Tower is big...
 
... really big.
 
Climbing the stairs is a little intimidating...
 
Max is the tallest person in all of France.
 
A fine way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, and with Champagne, too!
 
Back down on the ground, a quick Batobus hop...
 
...back to the Tuileries...
 
...and the amazing Ferris Wheel.

Day 6: Chateau de Vincennes, etc.

 
Chateau de Vincennes is an 800-year-old castle, home to Kings like the pious Charles V.
 
Susan kept feeling like she was going back in time.
 
Medieval love seats.
 
I guess it was pretty windy.
 
A fireplace fit for a king.
 
Beautiful. The flowers are nice, too.
 
Scary fork-gate at Invalides.
 
A gorgeous dessert of noix de coco and framboise glace, at Amorino in Le Marais, 3eme arrondissement .
 
Dessert after dinner at Amorino's gelato

Day 7: Leaving :-(

 
Even waiting for a cab is historic in the shadow of the Louvre...
 
Settling in for the flight across the Atlantique.