Adventures & Life in Paris: Part 3

This is from a series of photos from my travels to France. Check out part 1 and part 2 for previous posts.  I took A LOT of photos and have been slowly sharing them over a period of a few days. This post will be the last of this France/Paris travel series.

The Eiffel Tower and carousel nearby...
The Eiffel Tower and carousel nearby…
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It seemed that every bridge in Paris was covered in love-locks.
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Many vendors along the sidewalks were selling books among other random items that drew in tourists.
We had some laughs by taking random photos with the Eiffel Tower after we enjoyed crepes by the water fountains enjoying the view of the Eiffel Tower in front of us.
We had some laughs by taking random photos with the Eiffel Tower after we enjoyed crepes by the water fountains enjoying the view of the Eiffel Tower in front of us.
Learning young. I discovered many accordion players playing along the streets throughout Paris.
Learning young… I discovered many accordion players playing along the streets throughout Paris.
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On our way to visit Musee d’Orsay we passed by this gentleman painter taking in a creative moment.
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In the evening the Eiffel Tower will light up and about every hour there was a fun sparkly light show!

It was a lovely time and I am grateful for the opportunity to visit a friend and see a new and different part of the world. Until next time, au revoir!

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Adventures & Vacation in Paris: Part 2

This is a continuation from a previous post about my recent travels to France to visit a friend. After a few days traveling in and around Lyon, France we made our way on a fast train to visit Paris – a first for me!

Welcome to Paris, also known as the city of love! The view from the Arc de Triomphe.
Welcome to Paris, also known as the city of love! This view is from the Arc de Triomphe.

We made our first visit to the Palace of Versailles…

Just some of the many photos I had taken at the Palace of Versailles.
Just some of the many photos I had taken at the Palace of Versailles. You could spend a whole day just in the gardens!

For dinner we made our way to Montmartre and we enjoyed this view that also was entertaining (guy climbs light pole with soccer ball tricks?!) while dining on the steps in front of the Sacre Coeur church.

Beautiful view and entertaining entertainment in front of Sacre Coeur church.
Beautiful view and entertainment (he’s apparently famous on YouTube)  in front of Sacre Coeur church.

We made our way over the next couple of days to see various historic sites, views, and I enjoyed new flavors from France. It was amazing!

I didn't take the time to wait in line to visit the Louvre but did enjoy the courtyard area and the architecture.
I didn’t take the time to wait in line to visit the Louvre but did enjoy the courtyard area and the architecture.

I have to admit that when I saw on the map near the Louvre that there was a carousel and when I saw a sign for it leading underground I happily followed the signs (also hoping there would be a bathroom nearby as well). However, I was disappointed when I discovered it was just a really expensive shopping center BUT I was glad to see signs directing me to what I thought were “public” restrooms. Little did I know, I stumbled upon apparently what they touted “the cleanest bathrooms of Paris” and I paid the price for it too. I do agree they were quite clean, especially since there were two women cleaning each stall after a person used it. So, although I didn’t find a lovely carousel, I did find some very clean and colorful bathrooms and that was entertaining enough.

Notre Dame from a different angle.
The Notre Dame church from a different angle. The line to climb to the top was 2 hours long, I opted out of standing in that line we and carried on.
We made a visit to the Arc de Triomphe and climbed to the top using the spiral staircase.
We made a visit to the Arc de Triomphe and climbed to the top using the spiral staircase.
Some of the amazing views from the Arc de Triomphe.
Some of the amazing views from the Arc de Triomphe. It ended up being a wonderfully clear day that day which just made the view from the Arc so much better – hooray for blue skies!

More photos to come from my visit to Paris – Check out Part 3: Adventures & Life in Paris!

Note: the featured image at the top of this post is from one of the many, stunningly beautiful stained glassed windows at Sainte-Chapelle.

I delightfully fell off the radar for a week

My blog has been a bit quiet lately as I had taken some needed downtime away from the internet and volunteer-life in Moldova. I jumped on a plane about a week ago and made my first visit to Western Europe to visit a friend who lives in France.

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I had my fill of new foods, cheese and crepes along with some beautiful views and historic sites during my visit.

I’m happy to report that I am back in Moldova and already jumped right in to working on various projects and events — ready for year two ahead (or so I think so). 😉

I will share more photos and stories later when I have a bit of time to sort through the 1,000+ photos I had taken and try to understand why I took so many photos of doors and windows (I’m sure I will do something with them someday, right?) All-in-all it was a wonderful time, I finally got to visit Paris – something I only imagined when I was taking French classes in college.

More to come later!