Monday, June 23, 2008

She flies through the air with the greatest of ease!

I am in a city other than Los Angeles...again. Working and playing in Manhattan...again. Though I'm not alone this time! Yay!! Mom has accompanied me on this trip in order to get reacquainted with the city of her birth and, of course, spend a bit of quality time with her first born.

Before I get into a post about this trip however, I owe you all a post (or two) about Paris! Yes, I know. It's about time!

Getting to Paris was a lovely experience. (Remember, I was on yet another work/play extravaganza, which began with seven days in London, culminating with four days in the city of light.) My colleagues, the hubs and I boarded the Eurostar in London for a quick two and a half hour jaunt beneath the English Channel to our final European destination. This was my first rail experience in Europe and, well, I highly recommend it! It was quick, painless, good food and anyway, there is only so much plane travel I can handle in one month...

Upon arrival to the Paris Gare du Nord station, we hailed a cab and snaked our way about the paved labyrinth of streets to our hotel, which happened to be directly across from the Louvre. Nice locale for moi, a, um, err, Paris virgin, albeit expensive ($700 per night) and home to a rodent or two...Did I tell you that the location was good?

After checking in, we dropped our bags in our respective rooms and hit the ground running in search of food, drink and a bit of Paris nightlife. A couple of glasses of wine and Ratatouille would become a fond memory. Okay, it took four glasses of wine, but whatever. Our little group wandered from cafe to cafe, talking, laughing and enjoying the evening, before heading back to the hotel for the night.

The following day was all about sight-seeing. We began at the Louvre...




Venus de Milo


Winged Thrace


Gallery ceiling


David's Madame Recamier


David's The Oath of the Horatii


THE Mona Lisa



Working our way from that spectacular museum...







To the Eiffel Tower...




A view from the top of the tower

Definitely a good way to pass the day even if my hair did end up looking like this from the humidity...



A few more glasses of wine accompanied by some baguette and beurre would make me forget the hair.

Okay, not really. I mean, look at that do!

Just terrible!

However, I would endure. I had to! It was my birthday after all...

To be continued...

14 comments:

wildwoodflwr said...

I think your hair looks beautiful!

Dawna said...

Very cool! There's one of those spiders here too:

http://www.gallery.ca/

Micky said...

OMG. THE Mona Lisa.
I may faint. Well I probably would if I was standing there.
:)

Sue said...

Your hair looks stylishly tousled. Women would pay big bucks for that look. When my hair goes bad from the humidity I look like I've been lost on a mountain for a month. No stylishness there.

Looks like you had a fabulous time in France! I'm pea green with envy!

CntrySigns said...

Welcome to NY :) I have a small craft and yarn shop in Queen if you get to this neck of the woods.. stop bye. :)
www.cookscrafts.com

Gina said...

Happy birthday, love your glasses by the way. And thank you for sharing your trip with us, how amazing it must have been to see those fine works of art, incredible.

KimT said...

great pics. wasn't the eiffel tower bigger in real life than you could have imagined? I was blown away by how big it really is when I saw it in person during my one and only trip abroad.

naturline said...

Bravo pour ce nouveau site !!!
Je m'aime beaucoup sa publication, recevez une forte embrassade, merci beaucoup.

Sara said...

Your hair does look great!
Did you find the Mona Lisa to be a bit of a let-down? I was kind of sad it was so small...and made to look even smaller in that huge room.

MX said...

Can't wait for the next addition!

AND I think the hair looked great!!

susan said...

LL dahling, I would kill for that hair ... ... ...
your escapades looked wonderful. good for you! and those magnificent shades! what fun. i love the maman spider too. she is one of my fav sculptors.
you jet setter you.. hello to your mom and your first born!
xoxoxoxo
susan

Mal said...

wait - that spider thing is in Paris? There is one in Roponggi hills (Tokyo) that looks VERY similar.

sab said...

fantastic travel in Rome and Paris, great birstday it was

Yarn Tails said...

I was there at the beginning of June with my daughter. I missed ya by a few days. LOL Then we moved onto Italy.