Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Photo Essay of Paris Trip February 2011

Tour de Eiffel night

A photo essay of my short trip to Paris...

I just returned from Paris and Switzerland and it was my first and definitely not my last visit. I stayed for 3 days and then took the rail to Montreux, Switzerland. Three days is too fast to really experience the "City of Lights". I was lucky to stay right next to the Jardin des Tuileries which is also walking distance to Musée de Orsay, Louvre, Place de la Concorde and Grande Roue de Paris and the autobus (boat shuttle.)

Flying over the Sierra Mountains en-route to Paris
Flying over the Sierra Mountains, en-route to Paris

The Many Faces of the Tour de Eiffel

Welcome - Chocolate Eiffel, macarons, and truffles
Welcome! Chocolate Eiffel, Macarons, Truffles

Bokeh Eiffel Tower
Bokeh Eiffel

Rain drops falling on the Eiffel...
Sprinkled Raindrops Eiffel

Light Show, Tour de Eiffel
Light show Eiffel

Very very cold day at the Tour de Eiffel
Eiffel from the Boat

Cars in motion. Cars parked. Lamppost starburst. The Eiffel Tower
Cars in motion. Cars parked. Lamppost Star bursts. The Eiffel Tower

Musée de Orsay is by far my favorite museum from the list of museums I have visited on my travels. The space is grand but small enough to see everything in 3 hours. I love the history of the museum as it was a Train Station and a place for wounded soldiers in its past life. The crowd is much smaller and manageable than the Louvre so I was able to actually enjoy the art pieces.

July Column, Paris
July Column

Over the bridge to the Musee de Orsay
Over the bridge to Musee de Orsay

I had afternoon tea at one of the many Laduree. The window display "pops" out of the dreary, cool February weather and grey concrete space.

Macaron Cake, Laduree, Paris
Macaron Cake at Laduree

Along the Seine River...
Along the Seine River...

Lovers in Paris
Lovers in Paris

Pont Alexandre Bridge, Paris
Pont Alexandre Bridge

Norte Dame
Norte Dame

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Through the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel to the Louvre

I took the metro out to the Palace of Versailles, surprising only a 40 min ride and the train stop was about 3 blocks away from the attraction. Versailles was packed with lines like Disneyland and I visited during off-season. I can't imagine navigating the Palace during the Spring and Summer months and truly getting to enjoy the splendor and beauty.

Place de la Concorde & Grande Roue de Paris

At the break of dawn - Place de la Concorde & Grande Roue de Paris
At the break of dawn

Spinning - Place de la Concorde & Grande Roue de Paris

I did not have an opportunity to dine at the many recommended places on chowhound because the visit was so short I could not commit to a set itinerary. I wanted to dine at Spring, L'astrance, Jules Verne, L'ami Jean Bistro, the pressed duck dish and many more.

Ah, but it only means a return visit to Paris and maybe during a warmer season.

Peeking out from the Palace of Versailles Garden
Moi peeking out from the garden of Versailles

Until next time...

Road to Gare de Lyon
Road to train station Paris-Gare de Montreux, Switzerland


Lolia S said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the pics. I was eagerly awaiting your report on Paris. More macaron pics would be appreciated :)


foodhoe said...

what a wonderful photo essay! sadly, I've never been to europe so I always love to read about travels and especially look at the pictures... I studied art in college and just swoon at the thought of those museums!

Forager @ The Gourmet Forager said...

Gorgeous - had to laugh at your pictures of the Eiffel Tower from every vantage point! And I'm hoping to finally head there myself this year!

Heavenly Housewife said...

What lovely pictures! Isn't Paris the most beautiful, romantic city? Can't wait to go back for my birthday :D
*kisses* HH

michael94112 said...

Great photos Bonnie! Makes me wish I appreciated France a lot more when I went as a teenager.

Kung Food Panda said...

I'm jealous. Really jealous. I need to make it a goal to visit Europe soon.

Gracie @ The Red Kitchen Project said...

I agree, I loved your Eiffel photo perspectives because that's exactly what I'd do if i were in France, too, and really enjoyed the one of it lit up at night! Well done, and I LOVE that macaron cake. Gorgeous!

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