Thursday, August 4, 2011

VACATION ~ PARIS ~ PART SIX

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Sunday 6-19-11

Well today was Father's Day. I was able to call my dad sitting on a bench by the Eiffel Tower. We had taken a bus tour (Paris L'Open Tour) which was wonderful. I plan on taking it again myself. We saw so many wonderful things but didn't get off much. When Mark and I got off at the Eiffel Tower Phil & Ali went on to the end. We did not ride up into the tower. Lines were unbelievable and we were so cold from sitting on the top of the bus that I knew Mark would never ever go for it. It's okay, I just wanted pictures and I took several. This was something I really wanted to see more then anything else.



This is where my story comes in of my Aunt Blanche & Uncle Bill. Blanche is my father's sister and the only relative we had here when we moved to California back in '89. They have both since passed away. My Aunt, when I helped her out during the last two years of her life after Bill passed away, talked about how much she has wished they had gone to Paris. (If I had know about those locks on the bridge from my last post I would have done that for them) So I brought a picture of them and put a note on the back. We held up the photo for the picture and because we couldn't get close enough to actually leave it on the tower we decided to leave it in a bush in a park nearby. Maybe someone found it, maybe not. I felt good doing this and my dad was so pleased that I did that for her. See me and Mark in the pictures. I was actually there!!



We passed by the Arc De Triomphe, Grand Palais, Petit Palais Mus'ee De L'Homme, De La Marine, The Louvre and the Moulin Rouge just to name a few. I knew a few but didn't know most of them. We did also get off and visited something with the military. Even if I took notes I could not have spelled them. You will see pictures of many things that I won't have the name of. I will try to get some of them right as I study the tour map.

In the first picture top left I wanted to show you how they do most of their construction in Paris. They put up a false front that looks like the building. I thought that was a great idea. We also passed what must have been the Louis Vuitton Headquarters. I meant to get back there but never did. It's okay, with the exchange rate I am better off buying in the states.

So this is the Military place we stopped at. Actually it's called Museum De L' Armee, the Hotel Des Invalides and the Eglise Du Dome. We didn't tour the museum, we just walked around in the courtyard. It was still cold and rainy.

Since it was a long cold day we decided not to go out. We stopped at a store and picked up some baguettes and cheese. I finally tried some Brie and fell in love with it. It was a nice evening. Only thing in English on the TV is CNN and you know I don't watch the news. But I didn't mind that, I have been reading which was good for me. Actually I did look forward to Piers Morgan each evening!

24 comments:

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Debby I never realize that the Eiffel Tower was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing those gorgeous photos. What a sweet thing you did for your Aunt. You have such a kind heart.

Michelle said...

Amazing!

Thanks so much for sharing.

Randi Troxell said...

gorgeous pics!
i just tried brie other day.. and was surprised too at how good it was!!

Sonya said...

I love what you did with the picture! I noticed when we were in London that they put up canvases at St. Paul's Cathedral around the outside where they were working to make it still look like St. Paul's. I like it! It must remind me of Disney World!

blueviolet said...

It stinks that the weather was kinda lousy, but I'm glad you saw the Eiffel Tower. That's an amazing place! As you mentioned the other places as well, I was transported back in time! :) I love it there!

Just Be Real said...

Debby thanks for all these pictures and taking the time to share with us. Beautiful. I bet you were super thrilled. Blessings.

Savories of Life said...

Your pictures are wonderful! Where have you been? My mtoher went to france, and Japan . My father to France and Italy as well as Mexico. I Canada.

Cherie said...

Love your pictures and I was so happy to see a picture of YOU at the Eiffel Tower - So exciting!!

I think it is incredibly neat what you did for your Aunt. You are just a blessing!!

Garden of Egan said...

I can't believe the awesome pictures you have.
Such exciting places!

What a great experience.
Once in a lifetime!

Joanne said...

What a sweet thing to do for your Aunt and Uncle! Your pictures are amazing as usual!
Blessings, Joanne

Lynn said...

Love the Paree! I have been there twice and I want to take my granddaughter with me next time!

Laura said...

Oh my gosh I absolutely LOVE what you did with your Auntie and Uncles picture and that note! Sweetest thing EVER!!! (glad that you got some reading in too)- pictures again are amazing... (I sound like a broken record in all my comments...)

Love Of Quilts said...

Amazing pictures of the tower. What a nice trip you had. Trish

Mara said...

When we were in Paris last year it was partly in scaffolding and unfortunately they didn't use the fake front then! So my photos weren't nearly half as beautiful as yours!

Pen Pen said...

That is the sweetest gesture ever... taking your aunt to Paris. :o) What a sweet story! I like the idea of the fake front on buildings to keep everything "pretty". Around here, we just get a cheap sign, telling us what business is being built. ha ha

EmptyNester said...

Wow, a COLD day?! How exciting! And refreshing! LOL

What a sweet thing to do for your aunt! I love it!

xinex said...

So nice to see Paris again, Debby. thanks for sharing the pictures. What a nice thing to do for your aunt and uncle, such a touching story. I know they are smiling from heaven...Chrisine

A multi-dimensional life said...

What a precious thing you did in honor of your aunt and uncle! Bless you for your sweet heart!
Don't you just love the Eiffel Tower. It is so beaufiful...along with so much the architecture there! Thanks for sharing! xoxo

Debbie said...

Deb, I am loving this tour of Paris right from my livingroom couch! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures, and that was so cool to leave a piece of yourself and Aunt Blanche there. I suppose it's every girl's dream to visit Paris someday. Glad you were able to fulfill your desire. I think I'll go check out your Friday blog now. :)

nancygrayce said...

What a lovely thing to do for your aunt! I love all the pictures! I am traveling through you!

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

What a sweet thing to do to honor your aunt's memory. Beautiful picture and beautiful gesture. I love it. And...Debby how cool that you were really there!!

ModernMom said...

Oh I am so glad you enjoyed that bus tour! Such a great way to see the city without killing your feet:) Have to tell you, reading through all these posts of yours,now I want to go back!

Kristie said...

How wonderful to have seen the Eiffel Tower and fulfill a dream of your Aunt's!

Beautiful pictures! :-)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh Debby you made me cry what a beautiful way to bring her with you!!! I'm loving the pic of the both of you!

Love Brie :)

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