"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience." Gordon B. Hinckley, 2006

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

PARIS!!!!!!! The rest...

Day 2 in Paris we were up bright and early, ready to hit the streets hard again!

We stopped by the boulangerie (again, studied about these in french class forever, and had to pinch myself that I was actually standing in a Parisienne boulangerie).  Too bad I can't have pain au chocolat every morning for breakfast!

We were practically the first ones in line at the Louvre, and when the doors opened, we ran all over that museum and I think we really did see everything.  It was beautiful and amazing, and way more than I ever could have imagined.

Hello.  See me down in the bottom.  Yeah, the tiny one.  This was the HUGE painting directly across from the Mona Lisa.

I kept coming back to this one.  I like it...

We were leaving just as all of the crowds were arriving.  See ya suckas!!!

So we hopped on our double-decker bus and were off to the next sight---the cathedral of Notre Dame!  Breathtaking.  It was fun to see how different the cathedrals were in comparison to all of the Russian Orthodox ones we had just been to in the Ukraine.

Next, I dragged Brian into the Musee D'Orsay.  He thought one museum would be enough,  but the Musee D'Orsay had all of my favorite painters, so we HAD to go.  I'm so glad we did.  It was incredible.  

You aren't allowed to do any photography in the Musee D'Orsay, and I did a really good job at obeying during all of Picasso, Monet, and even my favorite--Degas.

Quickly hopped back on our bus so we could make out...

Oops, I mean go see the Paris Opera House!!

We had to keep stopping for pastries everywhere.  Because who knows when you'll get a chance to come back to Paris, right?

Oh and more gelato.  :)

And the best hot chocolate is to be found across the street from the Tuileries at Angelina's.  Really.  This is not your average hot chocolate.

And we spent our last night of Parisienne Paradise on a romantic cruise down the Seine River.  Yes, we watched the sunset as we floated down the famous river.  They even played "Oh, Champs Elysees....."

It was one of those moments where you want to freeze time because life is perfect at that moment.  :)

We took a cute little rickshaw back to the Champs Elysees, held hands, strolled around, did some more shopping, and finished with a perfect dinner of Boeuf Bourguignon and French Onion Soup.  We didn't get home until 1:00 A.M. both nights.  We wanted to see and do it all, so we didn't go home until everything was closed and there was nothing else to see.  :)

i love you paris.
you were everything i hoped you would be.
and more.
if i never make it back to see you again...
thanks for showing me a really great time.


Desiree said...

Of course you will be back again!!

Krissy said...

Sounds like you had an absolutely amazing vacation. So many wonderful experiences. I'm so glad you had the opportunity to go and spend that special time with your hubby.

Maggs said...

Looks like an amazing vacation Wendi! If I ever get the opportunity to go there I'll ask you where to go!

Amy said...

Oh my gosh Wendi, it looks absolutely AMAZING there! I am so excited that you and Brian were able to spend not only quality time together, but in such a beautiful romantic place, awww.....sigh! I swear someday I will go there. LOVE all the pics!

Claudissima said...

ohhh laaal laaaa! I love love love love love love it. I love the photo of Brian with the statue in front of him, then yours singing at the opera....and the one with the eiffle tower in the background, and of course the foood oohhhhla lala ...the food....how fun, I am soo happy for you.! cute cute photos.

Photo Crazy! said...

Wonderful! I dream of going to Paris and Europe one day! So glad you two got to go! Oo la la!!

The Pierce Family said...

You took some amazing photos in Paris. I am impressed, and you and Brian looked darling (the sights were pretty cool too)! Your shot in front of Mona Lisa is REALLY great-we could barely elbow our way in to see it at all. I'm so glad you made it to the d'Orsay as well. The Van Gogh and Renoir just never stop, and it's great!

I am so with you on the pain au chocolate. In fact, I finally had to sort of limit myself to those once a week--they are soooo addicting!!

Please come back and tutor me in Fench, Wendi. Sounds like you have studied it. I didn't even know "au revoir" when I got here--it's such a hard language, and I am dying to speak it.