We had never had a honeymoon, and this year we celebrated our silver anniversary!! Back in March, Fernando announced to me that he wanted to take me to _____ for a week. So we planned, researched, emailed, reserved, purchased, and went to...
...drum roll here...
Okay. Here's a city panorama with a more recognizable sight.
Here's our trip, from the top:
Time to pack.
Waiting at O'Hare for our flight.
Layover in Helsinki, Finland!
The door to our building in le Marais.
The inner stone courtyard of our building. Our appartement opened up into this courtyard.
Fernando had a croque madame for our first lunch in Paris.
In memory of the Revolution of 1830, which saw a king put back on the throne.
On the top sits the Spirit of Liberty holding broken chains.
Le Palais du Luxembourg et le Jardin du Luxembourg.
Sanctuary of St. Sulpice.
Dinner one night!
Our first view of the Seine River was glorious! Pont Marie is that first bridge.
Our first visit to la cathédrale de Notre Dame, at night.
Fernando locked the door to our appartement and we were ready to head out for the day.
Fernando posed with a goofy and slightly creepy street performer while we waited in line.
Tickets to the top!
Waiting for the elevator.
The Willis (Sears) Tower is that way.
Enjoying the view from the third level.
Parc du Champ de Mars.
We went to this ice cream stand on Ile St. Louis every night for five nights. :)
Ice cream at Berthillon on Ile St. Louis.
Fernando willingly carried my tripod several different times so we could get some night shots--and some self-portraits.
We posed in a little square on Ile St. Louis.
One rainy day, we visited the church, Sainte Chappelle. Absolutely beautiful.
Lower sanctuary of Sainte Chappelle.
Upper sanctuary of Sainte Chappelle.
We bought the cheapest umbrellas we could find, and they proved...cheap.
Fernando's umbrella collapsed on one side, and mine--well, see below.
Launched like a parachute!
Back at our appartement, armed with a rotisserie chicken and some veggies we had bought a few days earlier, we made our own dinner.
The next day, as was our little custom, Fernando stepped on over to our local boulangerie to purchase croissants and whatever other treat he felt like, and brought them back "home" for our breakfast.
Our boulangerie, 25 steps from our front door!
Here's what he rbought home this particular morning:
Croissaint et pain au chocolat.
And here's what I made for the rest of breakfast:
French toast with strawberry topping.
That's it for Part I. What a special time we had!!
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