Saturday, June 24, 2006

Scenes of Paris...

This was my first trip to Paris. (Jeff's second.) So, even though we were in Paris one day longer than London, Paris felt like a blur of postcard images. BEAUTIFUL images, but not yet personal. We had a really fun visit, and we plan to return soon to get to know Paris better.

Sainte Chapelle is a hidden gem and probably my favorite single site in Paris. This small gothic chapel is tucked away in the most unlikely of places--within the walls of set of government building. The 13th century chapel is unimposing and gives no hits of the interior. The ceilings of the chapel look like they are held up by walls of stained hardly do it justice.

We've all seen so many photos of Notre Dame, that its hard to take it all in when you see it. The cathedral is mammoth, yet has so many small personal spaces.

One lesser know site on the Ile de la Cite near Notre Dame is the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation--dedicated to the memory of the 200,000 individuals deported from France to German concentration camps during World War II.

On the truly grand scale...the Louvre...full of treasures so familiar that they hardly seem real.

THE icon of Paris: the Eiffel Tower. A magnificent structure with breathtaking views.

To be sure...Jeff and I will return to Paris...soon.


Buddy said...

I really like the bound angel !

Sherie Jane said...

Those are beautiful pix John! I can't believe you took all those with a point and shoot...Although I think you need to post Chris's video ;)

BullBunky said...

Buddy: Oh, I love that angel picture too! Thank you.

And Sherrie: THANKS! I love how these turned out. I'm not sure people are ready for my fit though :)