Sunday, November 23, 2008

paris... in pictures



i know these days people are making cool photo collages and other neat little displays of photos on their blogs... truth is, i don't know how nor have i set aside enough time to try and figure it out. nevertheless, this post is all about pictures...
i am very far behind in posting on our adventures but that is part of the fun- we have been sooooo busy. last month, we were able to go to paris with a few friends from here in brussels. william is an intern with us here at obelis and mindaugas is a lawyer from lithuanina. we hopped in the car one weekend and drove down to paris to see what all the huff was about. here's what we found...

versailles...

home of the infamous marie antoinette and other less interesting royalty (no offense louis XIV- louis XVI). after watching sophia coppola's movie about antoinette, i was sooo excited we were able to go here. in respect to our wallets, we only toured the grounds- which were more than spectacular. such interesting history...





the louvre...

home of the infamous mona lisa and other more interesting art (no offense davinci). we loved wandering through hall after hall of fascinating art, sculptures, jewels and history. it was an amazing experience. the mona lisa is awesome... my only issue is it is protected with thick glass and roped off so you can't get closer than 5 meters away. we loved wandering up and down the corridors, seeing it all.




notre dame...

home to quasimodo and perhaps the greatest organ concert i have ever been to. i loved the grandeur of this place. the beliefs may be different, but i found this place to be holy ground, nonetheless.



the city of paris...
home to so many infamous things that i will only list a few of my favorites.

crepes


bicycles



the locals


and of course the eiffel tower.... oo la la!




we had some very interesting adventures in paris including, but not limited to:
1. staying in a ghetto hotel with this lady



getting one of our bikes stolen and spending the afternoon in the police station where, ironically, we met up with the utah staters who had someone break into their hotel and steal all the laptops and cell phones they could find. the picture below was taken at the scene of the bike-stealing crime. you can see the confusion as we repeatedly count and recount the bikes...cade, realizing this moment would be potentially priceless, took a picture instead of panicking like the rest of us


we saw the sights and loved it all. paris truly is a beautiful place to visit. this last weekend we were able to visit it again with my mom... but those picture and adventures will have to wait for another post.... until then!

8 comments:

The Funky Bunch said...

why am I so jealous of you right now? Seriously you guys are having an experience of a lifetime! Can I come visit?? Ha ha ha...

P.S. INVU4URAQT

Anonymous said...

Finally we get some info on you! WE have been anxiously waiting for some news from you. WE know you have been very busy and look forward to new posts of leslea`s visit and any new news you have. We think Ashley writes so well and is very informative and entertaining to say the least. Thank you, we love you and look forward to your return soon. The picture in front of the eiffel tower would make a great christmas card. That would be the one with the pretty nightime lights. Love Mommy and Pops

The Nortons said...

Je t'aime Paris! Isn't it seriously one of the most amazing cities ever? Ash I would have loved to do Paris with you. It is so rich with literary history, we could have had some great talks. But I guess we will be able to talk soon enough...the count down in on and we can't wait for you two to get home!

The Nortons said...

p.s. Ash I just noticed you are reading The Secret Lives of Bees. Let me know what you think...I really enjoyed it.

Ben and Missy said...

I love Paris! Especially Versailles. I had that Marie Antoinette movie in my head the whole time as well. You are lucky to be in Belgium so close to so many great cities! We are planning a trip for Christmas and having a devil of a time just getting out of Finland:) Keep posting, I love to see all of the exciting things you are doing.
PS>Did you know Joe Ricks lives in England?

paige and jord said...

how fun! i LOVE looking at your pics. what adventures! can we take part of it please?!?
we are SO excited for you guys to come back! hurry! there are good times to be had.

Jed, Nanc n' the boys! said...

You rode bikes in Paris?...Love it, like to do it someday It reminds me of the movie, "Return to me" only her whole hype was about italy. For now I'll just stick to Logan Canyon.

Laina said...

So I wish so badly that me, Sariah, and Dylan with there with you this week celebrating Thanksgiving while traveling and site seeing. But alas, that is not the case. So have triple the fun for us will ya?