Saturday, December 29, 2007

Interior of Basilique Saint-Denis

Saint Denis was executed by beheading on the highest hill near Paris (what today is Montmartre). After being decapitated, he picked up his head and walked two miles, preaching a sermon the entire way. Where he stopped preaching and died eventually became the site of the Basilique Saint-Denis.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Basilique Saint-Denis

L and I took a rather long Metro ride today to the Basilique Saint-Denis, which is nearly at the end of its line and out past the Peripherique of Paris. Today's journey was partly inspired by Ken Follett's book The Pillars of the Earth (don't ask), but mostly due to the massive lineups we encountered yesterday at the Musée de Quai Branly.

The basilica and its Gothic architecture are astounding. More photos soon.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Paris Apartment

The courtyard. Our apartment is on the fourth (European third) floor.

The main room of the apartment.

Longest, skinniest bathroom ever.

We have the tiniest kitchen ever - about the size of a closet and not quite enough room for two. But it has an oven (many places didn't) and we've eaten quite well so far.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Tea at the Paris Mosque

Two Sundays in a row C & I have met friends at the Paris Mosque for tea. It's a busy, bustling place, full of Parisians, young and old, and tourists. You go in, pay 2EUR for a small glass of sweet sweet peppermint tea. And then you talk and chat and hang out, drinking more tea and enjoying the novelty of your surroundings.

It's one of my favorite spots so far.

Jardins des Plantes

Recently, L and I strolled through the gardens surrounding the Museum of Natural History, after having had tea at the mosque with some friends. I couldn't help but be impressed by the beautifully manicured trees.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

This is why the French stay thin

Forget all the nonsense you've heard about why French women stay thin - it has nothing to do with a diet of wine, croissants and cheese.

It's all about the stairs. Our apartment is on the fourth floor. These stairs are at Rachael's place - up SEVEN flights.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Notre Dame by Night

After a day out, L and I wound up at Notre Dame on the walk home. We'd passed it during the day, and stopped to look, but it's stunning at night.

And, because I cropped out the top in that last photo, here it is now.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sacre Coeur in Montmantre

Remember the part in Amelie when she's at the carousel and makes Nino run up the stairs and then look through the binoculars to see her putting the book back in his bikebag?

This is where it was filmed!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Chris and Leah go to Paris...

...and a nice lady takes our picture at the Eiffel Tower.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

London - First Week

On Bond Street, after braving the crazy masses of Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street, so we could go see the light angels.

Chris in Borough Market (a gastronomic paradise that will become my favorite hang out), eating an ostrich sandwich.
St Pancras Station. Brand-new and beautiful. The train takes you from the center of London to the center of Paris in two hours and fifteen minutes.
For my birthday, we went to the British Museum. On the way there I saw a Christmas hotel and decided that Chris should pose for a Christmas picture. He was grumbly about it.