Thursday, April 4, 2013

Paris // Day 5 & 6

We took an hour train ride and bus ride out to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The chateau is privately owned and is open for public tours. It had the most beautiful stables and a moat (a real moat!) wrapped around the lavish residence. We felt like we were in a real life story book. I was obsessed with all the leaded glass and the gardens were even more impressive. The Chateau was built to impress King Louis XIV by the superintendent of finances, Nicolas Fouquet, when instead his plan backfired. He was accused of misappropriation of public funds and was imprisoned for life. The king then used the same architect, artist and landscaper to build his beloved Versailles so if it looks familiar, that's why.

Toward the end of the day we made our way to the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur and the surrounding romantic neighborhoods. It seemed like Kassey, Kaira and I were the only ones strolling the narrow cobblestone streets without grasping the hand of our lovers. There were couples every where you turned. Stretching our legs out as we sipped american cocoa at the Starbucks across from the Moulin Rouge after walking through the quaint and artsy neighborhoods was just fine by me.

Our very last day was spent at the Louvre where I was taken back by the beauty of the marble statue, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, among many other great works of art. I've learned how difficult it is to appreciate the beauty of art without seeing it in person. It completely changes your perspective of craftsmanship and talent. Kassey took it to another level when she shed a tear during her first sighting of the Mona Lisa. That one sure is a softy.

After the Louvre we had our last dinner and took a stroll down the Champs-Elysees where our curiosities convinced us to ignore the suffocating smell of cologne and decided to marvel at the most extravagant Abercrombie and Fitch I've ever seen. No matter how much you cringe at the brand, it's worth a quick peek inside. Finally, the Lady Eiffel bid us farewell as she sparkled for us in all her glory on our final night in the most wonderful city.

Some other moments from our trip worth mentioning so we can remember:
• Kassey's fall and roll (yes, roll!) on the most famous street in all of Paris, the Champs-Elysees

• Almost getting locked in the gate of our apartment complex at 4:00am as we were leaving for the airport to go home. Kaira somehow busted down the door with her shoulder strength and saved the day.

• The trinkets, furniture and fashion at Merci

• Wrapping plastic bags on the outside of my sock and on the inside of me shoe to keep my foot dry from the crack in my sole

• Barely making it on the Ferry to meet up with Karly's study abroad group

• Running into Karly without any communication on more than one occasion

• Daily pan au chocolates, baguettes, pastries and crepes

• European Haribo's are a leeeetle bit better

• Kassey's obsession with tenny-wedges

• Getting bumped up to first class with the most beautiful birds-eye-views of Iceland and England on our way back home

• Sitting next to a real modern day knight on the plane ride home

• Flying into Seattle for my first time (as a 24 hour layover) to experience the famous farmer's market and the original Starbuck's

Our entire trip to Paris can be found here and on instagram.


Kassey said...

I am a softy!! I'm almost teary eyed reading this last post, I loved it so much. This trip is right up there on the list of bests of my life!

audrey said...

these posts made me unbelievably happy!!! thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhh, nothin' like traveling the world........