Our vacation in France 8th to 15th, September 2011!

September 15, 2011

Tomorrow we’re off to Normandy for 7 days. We’ll continue to post some of our adventures and sightseeing from Paris for the next few days in an effort to catch up. There’s a lot of catching up to do, Bill has taken over 500 photos and Marcia has taken over 400 photos so far!

Ok, here are some more photos of our adventures with a little bit of commentary.

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Looking up the street towards the Arc de Triomphe.

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Some of the sculptures on the Arc de Triomphe.

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This is the tomb of the Unknown Solidier located under the Arc de Triomphe.

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This is the view looking down the spiral staircase inside of the Arc de Triomphe. 284 steps to go!

Next up, Sacre Coeur!

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Finally (for this posting) here are a few photos from at night around Paris.

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The Eiffel Tower at night.

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Another view of the Eiffel Tower at night.

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The Petite Palais at night.

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Finally, the National Assembly building at night.

Merci and Thank You for viewing and coming along with us!

Bill & Marcia

September 14, 2011

OK, its going to be alot of work to catch up day-by-day, so we’ll start posting whatever has happened since the last Blog. We’re still new at this blogging thing (actually ME, Bill, since Marcia has a blog of her own that she regualrly updates) and getting the hang of it.

So here we go with lots of pics and a little bit of commentary along the way.

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This is the “Petite Palais” built around 1900 for the Universal Exposition.

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This is the “Grand Palais”, across the street from the Petite Palais. Also finished in 1900 for the Universal Exposition. The roof of this “Palais” is all glass. Neither “Palais” is exhibiting anything permanent nowadays. Mostly used for special events and temporary exhibitions.

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This is a shot of the Musse d’Orsay. A great museum with a great collection of the Impressionists paintings. Renois, Monet, Manet, etc. Some of these pieces recently visited San Francisco while parts of the d’Orasy was remodeled. They also have the painting “Whistlers Mother” on display.

It was a former train station that was going to be destroyed and they decided to convert it to house the many pieces of art scattered around Paris. Good Choice. We easily spent most of the day there.

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This is one of the fountains in the “Place de la Concorde” in central Paris. Note the bride to the left of the fountain. Great place to get married or take wedding photos. It had just finished raining when we pasted by.

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And of course……the “Arc de Triomphe” We have more photos later on from the top!

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This is a shot looking up the river Seine. It had just rained and the sky looked very dramatic, we couldn’t resist the photo.

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This is a shot of “Sacre Coeur” from atop the “Arc de Triomphe”. Sacre Coeur sits atop the highest hill in Paris right above the Montmartre area. Montmartre used to be the area where the artists hung out, today its full of tourists(yes, including us)!

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This is a shot of the backside of “Les Invalides”. It was built as a hospital by Napolean for his solidiers. Today it serves as a military museum and the final resting place for Napoleans remains…his tomb is here. It is right in the middle of Paris, about a 10 minute walk from our hotel.

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This is one of the figures that adorns the top of one of the four posts on each corner of the “Pont Alexander” bridge crossing the River Seine with the French Tri-Color flying in the background. The Pont Alexander bridge leads into the “Les Invalides” above.

So much for now……more later. Thanks for reading! Merci and au revoir for for now!

Day 2 (Saturday), September 9, 2011

On our first day we decided to take the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus, “Le Tour”, around Paris to orient ourselves with the city and to take a rest from jet-lag.

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This is Marcia at the Eiffel Tower.

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and Bill….

Our hotel is about a block from the Palais Elysee, the American equivalent of the White House. This is the entrance to the palace.

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Les Invalides is a hospital that Napolean started building for his soldiers in 1670 and finally completed in 1676, however today it only houses his tomb and military museums. Les Invalides is down the street from our hotel and on the other side of the Seine river. A very impressive building!

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Les Invalides

This is all for now, more later…..maybe later tonight.

Day 1, September 8, 2011

We were scheduled to leave SFO at 6:10PM on September 8, 2011, however when we got to the airport we found out that the flight had been delayed until 7:00PM. The flight was delayed due to a late arrival at SFO. Not a problem as we had a direct flight with no connections that we might miss, so we spent our time relaxing in the Air France lounge. We eventually left at 7:00Pm with no issues and arrived at Paris, CDG airport around 3:00PM the next day, September 9th.

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This is our airplane at CDG.

Our apologies if you have gotten several notices that we have updated the blog, as we were figuring out how to use the WordPress app. I think we’ve finally gotten the hang of it!

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One Response to Our vacation in France 8th to 15th, September 2011!

  1. BFFLinda says:

    Lovely shots and thanks for all the explanation. I enjoyed seeing where all those great de Young Exhibits came from…Oh and how ironic “Arrangement in Grey and Black” so famous…from the impressionist era is actually by an American! Never new it’s real title until I saw it at the de Young.

    All those stairs! You guys are gonna stay young climbing. That photo was only particially on the way up…you still had 284 more? How many total at the Arc de Triomphe?

    My request: Take some pics of your food!

    All the best, enjoy!

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