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Welcome to Paris!

 

 


The flag of France



The Eiffel Tower is the stereo typical symbol of Paris. While the Parisians hated it after the 1889 World's Fair, it has grown to be the central attraction for tourists from around the world... including Sheena and Eddie.

 


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The Seine and Notre Dame at Night
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Cheers,
Eddie and Sheena




The Eiffel Tower as seen from the top of 59 story Tour Montparnasse. A great view of Paris.

 


Eddie grew up with this painting on the dinning room wall... OK, not the original in his house, but seeing the real painting in the Louvre was stunning.

 2008 - 15th Anniversary and Monet

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          A view looking down the Seine river toward the Eiffel Tower. Notice the Statue of Liberty by the bridge.
  The original Statue of Liberty.        
        Sheena enjoying Claude Monet's Water Lillys at the Orangerie.  Catching the train to Monet's garden house in the town of Giverny.
  The gardens at Monet's house in Giverny.   The water lillys were abundant in the gardens.       A local house in Giverny
        A fire dancer that was in a festival parade that lasted for almost an hour as it wound past the hotel.   A free concert in the Eiffel Tower park that Eddie and Sheena attanded
  Paris traffic. Gotta love how the motorcycles work their way through.   Bright beads and button at a market.       This is how Paris does McDonalds.

 2003 - Sheena Lived in Paris and our 10th Anniversary

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    Betty Kirin took some time out from her art studio to visit/stay with Sheena   The town of Provins  The Tour Cesar in Provins. Built in the 12th century.   Eglise St Ayoul in Provins. Built in the 11th century.
  The narrow stairs leading to the tower.   Over looking the town of Provins.     The front door to Sheena's apartment building. A much needed barrier to the hussle and bussle of the Paris streets.   Sheena's very blue apartment door.
        The view of the street from Sheena's window  Sunset over Paris from Sheena's kitchen window.

1999 - The Paris Air Show

May 29th - June 4th

   The Oursey -

   Hotel des invalids and Napoleons tomb -

   The Paris Air show - The Paris Air Show was probably one of the greatest things I have ever been to. As a pilot myself, I was in heaven. Trying to get in was a bit confusing, and we would find out why later. We started out with the inside displays and picked up as much free stuff as possible. After that we moved to the outside exhibits which consisted of aircraft from all the manufacturers on civilian and military. The actual airborn show was going just about all day, but all the big boys were in the afternoon. So we headed to the viewing area and planted our buts for a sunburnt afternoon delight! Every aircraft at the show was taken up to demo, and as we found out, the reason for this was because this was NOT a public day, but a vendor/client day when people come to look at the aircraft to buy.

   The Palace of Versialle -

   Mont Martre -

 

         
         
      Eddie in avition "heaven"!    
         

1998

September 17th - 21st

    We took the Thaleys high speed train. It was a great ride, and we saw lots of country side. We checked into the Waldorf hotel in the Opera district and then headed out for dinner. After dinner, we headed for the Champs de Lyse where they were having a week long air show between the Louvre and the Arch de Triumph. It was great, they had everything from all the great bi-planes to a moch-up of the Arian launch vehicle. The next day, we toured the outside of the Louvre and the gardens. From there, we headed to Notre Dame where we toured the inside and got to see the great bell and go to the top of one of the towers. After that we did some more sight seeing of the island and then had lunch at a street side cafe and rested our feet. After that, we walked to the Arch de Triumph and got to walk the stairs to the top of that. There is a small museum in the top of the Arch de Triumph now. From there, we could see all over and watch the craziest drivers in the world, including an upset taxi driver that chased a car around the plaza on foot trying to kick the car. After that, we walked to the Eiffel tower where we got to watch the sunset from the top. We had a very romantic Anniversary. After that, we were getting a bit tired and burned out, so we broke down and took a taxi to Planet Hollywood for dinner. The next morning, we got an early start and had breakfast at a street side cafe and then headed for the Louvre. We got there early and were able to get in right away. We saw the entire Italian paintings wing including the Mona Lisa, and then we toured the Louvre history wing showing the entire history of the site and we toured the underground excavation of the original building. After that, we tried to get into the Orsey. The Orsey has all the best art history in Paris, but the lines were too long and we decided to pass. We did some more shopping and had the Hotel line up a special dinner and an evening at the Crazy Horse theatre. The dinner was a wonderful and authentic French restaurant and then we walked to the Crazy Horse for the can-can show that lasted until 1:30 AM. The next morning we slept in a bit and then walked up to Mont Martre where all the artists work and sell their pictures along the street. We also toured to Cathedral there that over looks the entire city. After that, we walked back to the main part of the Paris to go to an outdoor stamp bourse and for more shopping and a walk along the river. That evening, we took a night time boat ride on the river and had a narration of all the historical buildings and bridges. On Monday, we tried once more to get into the Orsey, but decided we would be cutting it too close to catch our train home. And thatís a brief description of our first trip to Paris.

 

Sheena enjoying a stop while taking in the sights and sounds of Paris. The famous Notre Dame de Paris.   On the catwalk between the 2 towers of Notre Dame de Paris. Looking South East down the Seine river from the tower of Notre Dame. Some of the famous gargoyles that are found all around the cathedral.
A view looking North West up the Seine river from the tower. You can see the Eiffel tower in the distance. We will be walking to there yet today, and not in a straight line. Looking down at the traffic circle around the Arc du Triumphe. It was crazy! Sheena on top of the Arc du Triumphe -- what a view! Well worth climbing the many, many, many, many (you get the idea) steps! And yes, thats the Eiffel tower in the background.   Eddie taking in the sights and sounds of Paris  Making our way back to the hotel after a day of adventuring in Paris. These are the steps leading down from Sacre-Coeur

2004 - Paris Disneyland

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      Eddie looking a little overwhelmed by the crowds.    
         

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