|Winging over the atlantic. Almost to Paris!|
We took an overnight flight to Paris. Due to mechanical problems, we left five hours late--on a flight that's only 8 hours long. So we arrived around 11 am. Our friend Stacy (Reeves) Gulledge met us at the airport and we took the RER train to the apartment she and her husband Jason shared. It was fun taking the train for us Texans used to driving everywhere.
|Hotel de Ville|
|Beautiful Christmas decor in Paris. Saving the idea!|
After a quick stop for French Starbucks, we walked to Notre Dame. Both Zach and I have been to Paris about four times apiece, but neither of us had ever been inside this most famous cathedral. We finally got to do it this trip, and it was totally worth it. However, I 1) only brought my point and shoot and 2) massively underestimated the temperature. Only made those mistakes once! :-) Here are some photos from Notre Dame. We felt very fortunate to visit Notre Dame in during its 850th birthday celebration.
|Chandelier in Notre Dame|
|The ceiling is my favorite|
|Stunning stained glass|
|Love this wrought iron|
|Beautiful wrought iron inside|
|Such a colorful ceiling|
|View from the back|
|Sunset at Notre Dame|
We didn't get to go in the tower at Notre Dame because it was closed, so we headed to Galeries Lafayette for some hot chocolate. It's a fancy department store... not like one I've ever seen before. Exhibit A: the ceiling.
|Galeries Lafayette - so beautiful!|
We saw some crazy shoes in this place. Would any of you wear these?
|Angelina's Tea Room hot chocolate and macaroons|
Onward to Angelina's Tea Room in the store for some hot chocolate and macaroons. It was just the ticket to warm us up. Jason met us there, and we went shopping for a top to wear for a photo shoot Zach and i were doing later in the trip. I also got to wear my jacket and got a giant scarf from H&M. Parisians are all about these giant scarves. It's pretty much as warm as wearing a big blanket, but it looks cooler. :-)
|Trying to look chic :-)|
|Metro stop - all the tiles are silver!|
|Some delicious foie gras, my dinner of salmon and penne, our dessert of creme brulee (my all-time fave) and wine!|
We went to Le Bistrot des Comperes for dinner. It was one of the Gulledges' favorite places, and we really enjoyed it. It was a great introduction to Paris.
|Zach and I and our hosts Jason and Stacy|