|The Harbour in Nice|
|The 'Old City' of Carcassone|
|The 'Tour de Magdala' at Rennes le Chateau|
Near the end of our journey, we spent two days in Chartres, where I got to cross an item off my 'bucket list'...a visit to Chartres Cathedral where I was able to walk the ancient labyrinth.
|Stained Glass of Chartres Cathedral|
|The Chartres Labyrinth!|
The last two days of the trip were spent in Paris. I needed two weeks! Arriving in Paris from Chartres, we visited the church of Sainte Sulpice, and then on to the Louvre for the afternoon.
|Waiting to enter the Louvre Museum|
|The Louvre Museum|
|What's a visit to the Louvre...without the Mona Lisa!|
|Or...the Venus de Milo!|
After purchasing bus tickets for the 'hop on, hop off' bus service, our first stop was a visit to the Eiffel Tower. A short elevator ride up the tower allowed us a wonderful view of Paris as far as the eye could see.
|The Trocadaro from the Eiffel Tower|
|Notre Dame and the River Seine|
|The Arc de Triomphe from the Champs Elysees|
And of course, I couldn't come home without finding a 'garbage truck' for the little love of my life...!
|A Paris garbage truck for my little Aidan!|
|The Eiffel Tower at night|
I didn't want the day to end. But it did. The next day I had to leave and travel on to England. I used to wonder why people would go on about how amazing Paris was. I thought it to be 'just another city'. What was so special, I wondered? Now I know. Now I 'get it'! Paris is magical! My heart ached to leave.
Since coming home, I've spent some time this past year learning all about Paris, and learning (ever so slowly!) how to speak french. The list is long of the things I want to do upon my return there...the museums, the gardens, the sidewalk cafes, walks along the Seine.
J'adore Paris! Je t'aime mon petit Aidan!
Someday, my little one...Nana will take you to Paris!