Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Paris, Versailles | France

My final post on our honeymoon is about Paris. I was probably the most excited about this part of the trip, since I am in love with the architecture. And we had an amazing tour guide for the second day of our stay, his name was Scott Emerson (we found him via Michael Osman of Parisfind). Scott was a lot of fun, and he made seeing so much of Paris so easy.

When arriving in Paris we stayed at the Hôtel Eiffel Seine (their blog), which is a lovely boutique hotel designed in a contemporary Art Nouveu style, the hotel is only blocks away from the Eiffel Tower, and right next to the Pont de Bir Hakeim Bridge which is also a subway stop . While in Paris we visited; Notre Dame Du Paris,Sainte-Chapelle, Louvre Museum, Appartements Napoléon III, Palais du LouvreGalerie d'Apollon (French Jewels), Les Arts Décoratifs (best diplay of art and design history, see chair picture above), Musée d'OrsayPompidou, Les_Invalides and Napolean's Tomb, Panthéon, Musée de l'Orangerie (impressionist and post-impressionist paintings), Villa La Roche (Le Corbusier), Sacré Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Musée Rodin, and many more architectural and cultural wonders of the city. We also toured a some interior spaces including Serge Lutens Parfums (beautiful interior and location at Palais-Royal), Purple Bar at the Hilton, and Galeries Lafayette.  We spent one day traveling via train to Versailles to visit the Chateau, where we toured the Palace, Le Petit Trianon (Marie-Antoinette), The Grand Trianon, had lunch at Little Venice, and took a boat up the canal (see top right). We had food and drinks at various places in Paris including; Chez Ribe, Café du Musée (across from Rodin), and Polidor Depuis.

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