Monday, November 28, 2011

European Adventures - Paris to Rome

10.20 Thursday

Even tired and a little hung over, Faith got me out of bed early enough that we could still make it to the Louvre, even though we had to cancel our plans to visit the Sacre Couer in daytime.

Parisian Breakfast of Champions

Pain chocolat and coffee

Louvre

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The Louvre is amazing and is something not to be missed, although it was really a shame that we only had about 3 hours there, when it would be easy to spend 2 or 3 days there to really soak in the entire complex. We made sure to meet with Emily and Jordan there, which was helpful because they had audio guides and Louvre guides on their phones to give us some additional information.

Venus de Milo

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Winged Victory of Samothrace

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Icarus maybe?

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You know when you run into a crowd this large you're about to encounter a very famous lady.

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Liberty Leading the People

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Josephine

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The Coronation of Napoleon

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Intervention of the Sabine Woman

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What the Louvre used to look like during Medieval times.

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A few metro rides after the Louvre and we are on our way to ROME.

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Rome doesn't have public transport quite up to par with the other cities we have visited, so we paid a little extra to get a ride to our bed and breakfast.

Going to interject on John's story here - public transportation in Rome was fine. We did so much walking in Paris because after our run in with transit police in Prague John became a little anti-public transportation. However, we did fly into an airport outside of Rome and with the luck we'd been having with public transportation we decided to opt for the transit provided by our hotel instead. It was totally worth the 30 Euros too.

Before bed we explore our neighborhood a little and grab a fantastic pizza in the local restaurant, Cera una volta. Pizza and beer, just like home, only better.

Pizza & Beer. Just like back home, only better

Arrivederci, Rome!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

European Adventures - Paris

10.19 Wednesday

Paris calls us to explore and we answer bright and early. After a quick stop at the local bakery, we walk all the way to the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy the view

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and a great lunch.

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Faith has been having ankle trouble all week so we stop on the way to the Eiffel Tower and buy her some more comfortable shoes.

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At the Eiffel Tower we are bummed to hear that the top is closed for the day so we pay to go up as high as we can and are still amazed by the 360 degree view of Paris.

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A quick ride on the Metro takes us to Notre Dame.

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Before we can head into the cathedral we get caught in a rain storm. We hide out in a crepe shop in the nearby Latin Quarter.

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We thoroughly explore the cathedral before heading back to our hotel to meet up with our old friends from back home; Emily and Jordan.

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Lover's Bridge

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Reuniting over a great beer at a local bar, we decide to get some dinner and find a local spot with an amazing pork and potato dish that was covered in cheese.

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I had an amazing beef dish that absolutely melted in your mouth.

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We all decide to take a quick metro ride to Sacre Couer

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and a stop for a few more drinks in the Montmartre area.

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Our night ends too soon with a walk back to our hotels through the Montmarte district and the Moulin Rouge.

Moulin Rouge

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Off to bed for more fun tomorrow!
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