Friday, December 25, 2009

the lou-vray, chestnuts roasting, and some skulls

Time for another update! I still can't get the Normandy pics since they're all on mamas camera, so you're just gonna have to keep sitting in suspense for that one. Wednesday it was time to visit the Louvre, or as we not-so-eloquent Americans like to call it, the Loo-vray. AKA That big glass pyramid in the Da Vinci Code.

We of course started out with the Mona Lisa. Yung Keiff warned us that it was very small and everyone crowds around it taking pictures, and lo and behold, he was right! Point YK. But hey, still super cool to see the original. They guard that thing better than they guard the president. But we were thinking, why exactly is Mona so famous? She's pretty much just a creepy woman who stares at you no matter which direction you view her... or the most famous painting ever. You choose.
Did you know the Louvre used to be a palace? Because I didn't. It's BEAUTIFUL. Not even just the art, but the rooms! So pretty. We saw Napoleons apartment and the chandeliers were to die for! Please look.

We also got to see the Venus de Milo, aka the really famous statue that has no arms.

After our adventure at the Louvre, we went to this really cool ferris wheel at the base of Champs. We went on right as the sun was setting, and it was SO gorgeous. Panoramic views of Paris at sunset=PRICELESS. We could see the Notre Dame, the Sacre Couer, and everything in between. And the Eiffel Tower at sunset? This picture doesn't even do it justice. Definitely something I'll never forget.

We did a little bit of shopping on Champs, since we pulled names for christmas. Yase and Jessica got some sweet shoes, Dixon, Shay and Mom got some Nike store swag and me, Hannah and Father will be smelling sweet this year with our parisian scents. And we all tried Chestnuts that were literally roasted on an open fire, which I wasn't too fond of. Tasted like weird potatoes to me!

Yesterday we split up. Dixon, Shay and Hannah went to Versailles, while the rest of us explored the Sacre Couer and surrounding areas. The church was HUGE... so pretty and all set up for Christmas Eve mass. There were candles lit everywhere and it was kind of cool to be in this very reverent place in the middle of the city. There was this pipe playing statue guy outside that loved me and Jessica... sorta creepy.

We also went to the catacombs! Very cool. We went down this narrow spiral staircase way under the streets of Paris. The walkways were all lined with skulls and bones and it was weirdly really cool! They also had all these cells that were used to store prisoners... I couldn't even imagine that... SO scary. And they didn't even have electric lights back then... all candlelight. Truly terrifying.

Today we went to the Notre Dame... more on that later. Tomorrow, off to London. Cheerio!


Keith A. Runyon said...

Great blog post Alyssa! I love your photos and totally miss not being there with all of you guys. Typically Christmas day in Vegas....55 degrees, sunny, waffles and pork products at Rod's. Burp. Have fun in London!

Anonymous said...

Sacre Couer at Montmartre or Versaille, that is a tough choice, you can't lose either way. I would opt for Versaille, how did Dixon Shay and Hannah like it.

We hope you enjoy London as much as Paris. We were headed to London a few years ago, and figured as long as we were that close, we should visit Paris. We ended up much more partial to Paris.

Hopefully we'll get to Roland Garros or Wimbledon one of these years.

Travel safe, we'll see you next week.

aubrey said...

ooo fun! paris was so romantic! and london is so charming! take so many pics and eat so much delicious food! <3

Blaine and Priscilla said...

These pics are great! I did a Europe trip when I was in middle school and your posts bring back great memories! Where else are you going?