On Day 4, we headed out to the Marais district. Elisabeth, our tour guide, explained the history and significance of this district. She was great at really making the history of Paris come alive.
The center house still has wood framing. Most of these were covered with plasted hundreds of years ago to try and pevent fires.
This is a Holocaut memorial. Paris was taken by the Nazis, but recently they have begun to post plaques and memorials to commemorate those lost.
I the Jewish district in Marais still has one Jewish Boulangerie.
These are some musicians we saw on the street. Pretty cool to have live music as you walk around.
This is the Place des Vosges. It's the oldest square in Paris. Many famous people have lived in these aprartments, including Victor Hugo.
I don't remember what this house was, but was just used it as a walk-through to get to the other side of the street. What a great walk through!
That evening we headed to the Louvre.
Before the Louvre was a ridiculously huge museum, it was a fortress. At the bottom of the Louvre you can see remnants of the fortress, including where the moat was.
Inside the Louvre was also Napoleon's apartment. These brocaded covered pigs caught my eye. They were so cute and weird.
Then we got to this room full of statues. It's made to feel like it's outside, cause the Louvre's designer wanted to make sure that the statues were seen in natural light, as it was inteneded for them.
And then we were off to meet some famous ladies. First was the Venus de Milo. She was beautiful.
Then we were off to see Winged Victory. She was truly impressive. I think she was my favorite.
And no stop to the Louvre would be complete without visiting the Mona Lisa. She was so much smaller than I thought. I just wasn't impressed by her (sorry Mona).
I had been singing in my head all week "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Mis. And this painting, Liberty Leading the People (La Liberté guidant le peuple) totally made me think of the song even more. I just loved it.
The next morning, we took the RER train to head out to Versailles.
Just a cozy little hunting lodge in the country, turned into a huge palace.
This was the king's bedroom. I love those feathers at the top of the bed.
And this was the queen's bedroom. So girly and floral.
This is the hall of mirrors. It was a huge deal, because these mirrors were all made in France. And mirrors were something hard to come by back in the day of Louis XIV.
After touring the house, we headed out to the garden. Calling this garden HUGE is a total understatement.
Marie Antoinette hated staying thin the main palace and all of the dutires that came with public life, so she often retreated to the Petit trianon, a smaller home in the back of the gardens of Versailles.
By the Petit Trianon she had a little village built, cause she wanted to play "farmer's wife."
Marie Antoinette's hamlet was beautiful. I loved walking around it and looking at all of the little houses she had made for her country village.
There was even a farm with animals and everything.
How picturesque is this? I wouldn't mind spending my summers here.
The last day started with a with a walk, and we passed by the Place de la Concorde. During the French Revolution, this is where the guillotine was. Now there is an obelisk in its place.
We also got a view of the Champs Elysees from the other side.
We started the morning at the Orangerie, seeing Monet's water lilies, but there were no pictures allowed. The water lilies were amazing though. Then we headed to the Orsay Museum.
I snapped a few shots before I noticed that this museum also didn't allow pics. The Orsay museum used to be a train station. The main part of the museum is gorgeous.
And they had a little Statue of Liberty right in the front (she was a gift from the French after all).
After they Orsay I headed back to the 7th Arrondissement for lunch. I ended up on the Rue Cler and got to see all the little food shops in action.
And the flowers were so pretty.
I happened to stumble across a yarn shop too. Leave it to me to accidentally come across the craft shop.
In the afternoon, I headed to the Rodin Museum. Inside the house they had tons of his work the sculptures were beautiful.
Then in the garden they had the larger statues.
Including "The Thinker".
That evening was the farewell dinner with the tour group. We headed over to a more modern area in Paris.
And dined at a restaurant down this little row of cafes and shops.
The next day I ate my last French breakfast, and headed to the airport to come back home.
I have one more post left about all the deliciousness I ate while I was in France. So check back in a few days for that one.
In the meantime I'll be uploading even more pics to my Flickr. So check back there if you want even more pic overload.