Sunday, November 22, 2009

Traveling in Europe: Paris

I know it's been a while since we posted about our trip to Europe, but here are photos from the second half of our trip. We took the Eurostar train from London to Paris, which was super easy and nice. Public transportation is something Europe definitely has over us. On to the pictures!

Along the Siene River in Paris.

Outside Notre Dame Cathedral was filled with tourists and lots of vendors. It was pretty much impossible to get a picture without tons of people in the shot.

There is so much detail carved onto the front of the cathedral. The churches in Europe are simply ornate and unlike anything we've seen before we went there.

Inside the cathedral were even more ornate carvings. This is the view, looking straight up toward the ceiling. We were glad photos were allowed inside. Sadly, St. Paul's in London was really our favorite, but we don't have any photos of the inside because we were good tourists =(

The first night in Paris, we went to the Louvre at night to see the inside, but didn't bring a camera. The place is just out of this world huge. It was super easy to get lost in there and the maps they give you just don't cut it. Since the outside it just a cool as the inside, we went back the next day to grab some more pictures. This is a shot of the courtyard and the famous pyramid. Being there definitely reminded us of the DiVinci Code, which Chris and I both loved.

Here is a video we took in the courtyard of the Louvre. It was just too massive to take a picture. This is almost a 360 video to capture the entire building from the center.

At the end of the courtyard are the gorgeous gardens of the Louvre, and this was our first sight of the Eiffel Tower from afar.

One of the many Egyptian obelisks.

We walked all the way from the Louvre to the Arch de Triumph. It was a heck of hike to get there walking down the famous Avenue de Champ-Elysees, but we finally made it to the Arch de Triumph and took a few pics from the median.

Finally, on our self-guided walking tour of the city, we made it to the most iconic and visited site in the world, the Eiffel Tower.

The line to ride the elevators was really long, so we decided to take the stairs, even though our feet were really tired at this point. This was our view of the city from the first level.

We went back to the tower at night for the famous light show and it was all lit up which made it much cooler.

Every hour, on the hour there is a light show.

Eiffel Tower Night Show:

Then, on our last full day in Paris we visited the Chateau de Versailles. There is so much history here and the decor on the walls and ceilings were like nothing we've seen.

The gardens around the chateau were even more amazing. This is the Versailles Orangery.

The property stretches on for miles. Trust us, we know. We walked like half of it and couldn't take anymore!

We saw so many great things in our week overseas, but it's always good to be back home. =)


Zekeshem said...

Wow, these are gorgeous photos!! Makes me want to go there even more! :) I especially love the shot of the Eiffel Tower at night, so cool! Thanks for sharing your awesome trip. Where will your next adventure be?? :D

Quinn said...

Beautiful pictures! I have GOT to get to France!

Krystal said...

How beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous...I'm jealous! Hope you both are doing well, and have a wonderful Christmas. :)

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