Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Delayed Honeymoon: Tuesday at the Tower

To wake-up on a Tuesday morning, hop on the Metro, and take a quick ride to Versailles.  Wait, is this my life?  I must have pinched myself a dozen times - on the train ride, on the "walk" from the metro, in line for tickets, and walking through the gates.  *Note - I say "walk" because this was a sheer en masse avalanche of people from the train to the line.  I was a little nervous, so we made a side trip to Starbucks and let the crazy people go ahead*

These are the gates to Versailles (and the wonderful cobblestones)
The tour inside the mansion was gorgeous.  It's almost all self-guided, with signage, and is more along the lines of a museum than a tour.  The small details like the window latches below are standard throughout the home, and the small touches like these were all stunning.  Almost the entire first floor has floor to ceiling windows, that open onto the wrap-around style porch/patio.  Nevermind, just look at the beautiful picture.

 Next - out to the gardens! I think Kevin is meant to be a Florida boy, because the most exciting moment of the morning may have been his discovery of the palm tree below! So, a little creative camera placement and a self timer -
The flowers were of all varieties, colors, shapes, sizes.  In addition to the beautiful flowers were the varied size and location of the flower beds! On all sides of the walkways, around fountains, just stunning. 

Oh, and we had a little fun too!


Next, on to the highlight of Tuesday.  Yes, there was a highlight - even after Versailles! Can you guess where the photo below was taken? For those of you who have been here, can you tell me what the photo is of?
The Trocadero

Kevin & I - on the second level of the Eiffel Tower (with the track behind us)
I tried to find the photo of the track itself, it's around here on my hard drive somewhere - I'd love to go back and run a lap on the track.  Can you imagine, running on a track, looking up at the Eiffel Tower?  Some track team gets to do that every.single.day. Wow.  
The requisite photo in front of the Eiffel Tower - thank you stranger, I'll treasure this photo forever
 I likely made my husband crazy, and knew I was pushing my luck! So, one last photo from beneath the Eiffel Tower, before we walked to the Trocadero.  Just after dark, the twinkle lights came on.  And the non-emotional girl that I am, got teary.  It was a magical moment, sitting just yards from the Eiffel Tower, in the dark, watching it light up, with my wonderful husband.

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