Thursday, June 2, 2011

Euro Trip 2011: Part 8

Last but certainly not least...
We arrived in Paris on May 15th and were lucky enough to stay in a wonderful apartment in the heart of the city right next to the Louvre, thanks to this couple, who found the place and were fun and fabulous to stay with.  
After getting settled in, we met up with my sister and Ian, who stayed a block away in a hotel.  We found a little cafe for dinner where we had delicious soup, salads and sandwiches and then headed over to the Eiffel Tower for our reservations to go all the way to the top!  Scott planned it perfectly so we were on the top enjoying the beautiful views of the city as the sun was going down and although it was windy and a bit chilly, it was so fun!  Right as we were walking off the elevator back on the ground, the tower lights began to twinkle and we all just stood back and enjoyed the show.  We ate some delicious crepes while enjoying the lights and company of our friends.
The next morning we went to a little bakery around the corner from our apartment, where we saw some good looking pastries the day before and they were so yummy we had one every morning we were there.
After breakfast we all headed over to Notre Dame where we explored the cathedral and climbed the hundreds of steps to the top to enjoy the beautiful views of the city with the gargoyles and grotesque.  (Peyton informed us that gargoyles are the stone creatures with rain-spouts and grotesques are the ones that do not spout water :)  It was a bit chilly so we enjoyed a cup of hot cocoa, although bitter, it warmed us right up.
We wandered back near the Louvre and had lunch at Angelina's, which was quite classy and yummy too!  Everyone was drinking the hot cocoa so we made a point the next day to have some at the Angelina's in Versailles.  
After lunch we took a stroll through the Tuileries Gardens where we ate Amorino Gelato which I was introduced to by Christine last time I was in Paris and it was just as delicious as I remember it, probably my favorite.  Well maybe tied with Old Bridge Gelatoria in Rome, can't gelato just be my favorite.  
We continued our walk along the Champs-Elysées to the Arc De Triomphe, enjoying all the shops and each others company so far from home.
We spent our last day with Lauren and Ian in Versaille, admiring the palace and wandering around Marie Antoinette's Village and Gardens, my favorite part.
Our last day in Paris we spent with Blake and Peyton exploring the Latin Quarter and going to see Sacré-Coeur.  As we strolled through the streets we stopped in to try some macaroons at Laduree, ate lunch at a little Mexican Resturant, browsed through books at Shakespeare and Company, and tasted gelato at Berthillon which had delicious fruit flavors.
Our evening ended with a delightful dinner just taking in our last moments abroad before we headed home the next morning. 
We can't believe this trip we anticipated, planned and saved for has already come and gone.  We had the time of our lives and fell in love all over again.

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