Friday, July 31, 2015

Germany Observations

Hey guys!

Now that I'm finally finished sharing pics from our Paris anniversary trip, I thought it would be really interesting to share some observations about the differences between Germany and the United States.

As a little disclaimer, these are just my personal observations about the differences between two places I've lived based on past and current experiences.  I'm certainly not trying to make any sweeping cultural statements or start anything with anybody!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Paris Day 7- Eiffel Tower and Heading Home

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We were lucky enough to have a late afternoon flight back to Germany on our final day in Paris, so we spent the morning at the Eiffel Tower and then hung out at our hotel until it was time to catch a train to the airport.

Here are the pictures that I took from the Eiffel Tower- the views really were amazing!  I'm not wild about heights, so I was pretty happy to head back down after a while, too.



 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Paris Day 6- The Louvre and Notre Dam

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Day six of our AMAZING Paris anniversary trip was spent taking further advantage of our two day Paris Museum Passes.  The first day we went to Versailles, The Pantheon, and the top of the Arc de Triomphe.  The second day, we spent our morning at the Louvre Museum  and hit up Notre Dam, including a tour of the bell towers.

Even though we already had our tickets, we made sure to get there before the museum opened and were around the tenth people in line.  I HIGHLY recommend getting to the Louvre as early as possible- the entrance lines were crazy by the time we left a lunch time!

As a side note, despite an art history course in college, I'm by no means an expert on art or art history.  As we went through the museum, I basically took pictures of what jumped out at me.  I'm including names where I remember them, but this is not intended in any way as a comprehensive tour of the Louvre.

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Paris Day 5, Continued- Pantheon and Arc de Triomphe

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So Day 5 was the first of two days where we used our two day Paris Museum Passes, so to take full advantage after Versailles, we headed back into Paris and went to the Pantheon.  Located in the heart of Paris, the Pantheon has alternately served as a church and a secular monument to the citizens of France that in many ways mirrors the rocky evolution of the French government during the same period of time. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Paris, Day 5- Palace of Versailles!

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Day Five of our amazing Paris anniversary trip was actually spent outside of Paris proper.  We got up quite early and purchased special train tickets to travel out to the town of Versailles, which is home to the opulent palace of the same name.  In addition to being an awe inspiring as a piece of architecture and a symbol of absolute monarchy, its also amazing to look at in terms of the French Revolution its existence helped to inspire. 
 
The complex has a long and storied history.  It has been a hunting lodge, the royal residence, several different museums, a hospital for wounded soldiers, 
 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Paris Day 4- Hemmingway Tour!


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Day Four of our Paris anniversary trip was also shaped by the guidebook we'd bought for the trip.  One of my big worries about this trip was that we would wind up doing more stuff that I like and not a lot of stuff for Hubby.  I adored Paris when I was lucky enough to visit after I graduated from high school and I had a very long list of things that I wanted to do.   I was worried that Hubby would sort of wind up following me around as I did those things, so I worked very hard to try to find things that were more for him.
 
One of his favorites (besides Napoleon's Tomb), straight out of out of our travel book, was a walking tour of places where Ernest Hemmingway lived, worked, and visited in Paris.  Hubby is a huge Hemmingway fan and actually had the opportunity to visit where he lived in Key West while he was there for work several years ago.  Yes, with the six-toed cats!
 
Most of the tour took place in the Left Bank and included three separate places where he lived.  They are still private residences, but they had small plaques on the buildings noting when he had lived there and some of the things he had done at the time.  Here are some of the places where we stopped:
 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Paris Day 3- Mont Martre Tour!

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Continuing with our Paris anniversary trip re-cap, we spent Day 3 in Mont Martre.  This artsy neighborhood is perched on top of a hill, providing AMAZING views of the rest of Paris.  I remember it being one of my favorite parts of Paris when I went after my high school graduation, so I was really looking forward to visiting it again, and it did not disappoint!

This was the first day that we ventured into the Paris Metro system  It's actually quite wonderful.  Even without speaking much of the language, it was easy to use, punctual, inexpensive, bright, clean, and felt very safe.