Monday, August 10, 2009


Bonjour y'all!

We just returned from an exhausting weekend in Paris... a trip to cap off Leah's Summer in Germany. We had a great time, and the most perfect weather we could have hoped for (70s all weekend)-- especially considering that the hotel we chose since it advertised AC, turned out to not actually have AC and we were on the 5th floor.

We reaffirmed that we are not "city people," and that traveling with children is a lot more work than traveling just the two of us. But we had a good time seeing the sights, and everyone survived. We took about a zillion photos, but here are just a few of my favorites.

Rob & I at the Arc de Triomphe

Sacre Coeur Cathedral (from the corner view.)

The doors of Notre Dame Cathedral--- I tried to prep Charlotte for this trip by having her watch Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. Wow!! That movie was way too scary for her, and she burst into tears when they threw food at Quasimodo, so I had to turn it off.

Riding the doubledecker Red Bus around gave us a different view of Paris and let us rest our weary feet.

The landmark that doesn't need explanation.

The streets of Paris---
sooo crowded on a weekend in August.

Leah at the metro stop in Pigalle. This is the "smutty" part of town just down hill from the beautiful Sacre Coeur. Home to Le Chat Noir (not there anymore) and the Moulin Rouge, which we saw only from a distance since I opted not to walk Leah past the 80 or so sex shops between us and there.

This is part of a series of sculptures outside the Musee d'Orsay called "Women of War." Charlotte put on her best "mean face" and posed like the statue. I loved seeing all of my favorite impressionists in this museum soooo much, that I forgot to take any photos.

Waiting for the Metro on Saturday evening.
The next morning we drove to Versaille before driving home.


Mim said...

Aww, oh I so want to come visit you. Beautiful places. Lots of things to see. I'm glad that you are enjoying your time abroad.

The Spiveys said...

SO JEALOUS!! That looks so fun! And too funny about Charlotte and the Hunchback movie. It is a little creepy considering it's supposed to be for children.

Mandy said...

Julie, you guys are so ambitious! Sounds like you had a great time, but I hope you are resting and recuperating now--traveling is so hard with little ones!!!! Hope to see you at playgroup, if you are up for it.

Harmony said...

That looks fun! I love Charlotte's mean face. She is so cute!

I had the same reaction to Disney's "Hunchback". I hated it. Too sad.