Easter holiday travels, part II: Paris, continued

As promised, here are some more photographs of our time in Paris.  We had a great, if mostly cloudy, day walking around the city.  The Louvre and surrounding grounds were absolutely gorgeous and we saw several interesting characters, including a man making absolutely massive bubbles in front of the building pictured just below; a nice gentleman who was quite set on drawing a portrait of me which we politely declined; and a dispersed group of Africans trying to sell us miniature Eiffel Towers, each of whom was offering them for different prices.

We spent a lot of time walking around outside the Louvre. I was astounded by the size of it all!  I only wish that we had had time to go inside.

We spent a lot of time walking around outside the Louvre. I was astounded by the size of it all! I only wish that we had had time to go inside.

A close-up of the façade of part of a Louvre building.

A close-up of the façade of part of a Louvre building.

Posing in front of the famous Louvre pyramid

Posing in front of the famous Louvre pyramid

Le Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, on the Louvre grounds: every bit as impressive as the better-known Arc de Triomphe in my opinion (and definitely more colourful)!

Le Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, on the Louvre grounds: every bit as impressive as the better-known Arc de Triomphe in my opinion (and definitely more colourful)!

After the Louvre we found our way to a wee bakery on a quaint side street called Le Pain Quotidien and bought ourselves a good bit of freshly baked French goods.  I am not ashamed to admit that all I ate the entire day was breads and goods from bakeries.  Scott was kind enough to film [another] video of me trying a new food: pain au chocolat!  Here is my reaction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGmcLGUgwkg

We saw several of these bridges around Europe.  Couple write their names or initials, and the date, on a lock and throw the key into the river to symbolise that their love will never be broken.  So romantic! There were thousands upon thousands of locks.

We saw several of these bridges around Europe. Couple write their names or initials, and the date, on a lock and throw the key into the river to symbolise that their love will never be broken. So romantic! There were thousands upon thousands of locks.

We visited 3 or 4 churches, and below are photos from two of them.

Scott posing in front of the Eglise Saint-Sulpice.  We didn't realise this was a church until we entered it--it certainly does not look like a traditional Catholic church from the outside. It was built during the reign of King Louis XIV.

Scott posing in front of the Eglise Saint-Sulpice. We didn’t realise this was a church until we entered it–it certainly does not look like a traditional Catholic church from the outside. It was built during the reign of King Louis XIV.

This fountain stands outside of the Eglise Saint-Sulpice (Church of Saint Sulpice).

This fountain stands outside of the Eglise Saint-Sulpice (Church of Saint Sulpice).

I am 5'5".  The doors are that immense!

I am 5’5″. The doors are that immense!

A view from the doors, looking into the church; the photograph does not do it justice.  I cannot find the words to explain how breathtaking it was.

A view from the doors, looking into the church; the photograph does not do it justice. I cannot find the words to explain how breathtaking it was.

I didn't realise that Scott took a photo of me praying the rosary in front of the Lady Chapel.  This was definitely one of the most beautiful parts of the church.

I didn’t realise that Scott took a photo of me praying the rosary in front of the Lady Chapel. This was definitely one of the most beautiful parts of the church.

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Chilling out with my countryman, the great Thomas Jefferson, in Paris! I was pretty excited to come across a statue of one of the first American Ministers to France.

We witnessed the beginning of a pro-regime Syrian protest in the middle of Paris. The banner reads: "Syria will always be fortified against penetration  As long as we believe in it." There were riot police EVERYWHERE.

We witnessed the beginning of a pro-regime Syrian protest in the middle of Paris.
The banner reads:
“Syria will always be fortified against penetration
As long as we believe in it.”
There were riot police EVERYWHERE.

The Medici Fountain in the Jardin du Luxembourg

The Medici Fountain in the Jardin du Luxembourg

We saw little gardens on balconies (and roofs!) absolutely everywhere in the city.  I loved seeing the green giving colour to the pretty old buildings!

We saw little gardens on balconies (and roofs!) absolutely everywhere in the city. I loved seeing the green giving colour to the pretty old buildings!

Le Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris! One of the most famous cathedrals in the world, but every bit as beautiful as the others that we visited.

Le Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris! One of the most famous cathedrals in the world, but every bit as beautiful as the others that we visited.

One of the chapels along the perimeter--marble statues.

One of the chapels along the perimeter–marble statues.

The Chapel of Our Lady in Notre Dame. Can you tell that I really love Mary? All of the stained glass was gorgeous and so detailed.

The Chapel of Our Lady in Notre Dame. Can you tell that I really love Mary? All of the stained glass was gorgeous and so detailed.

Paris was absolutely incredible, and it was only the first of many cities we visited!  I have papers to write, but I promise to share more photographs and memories very soon!

In other news, it’s warmer in St. Andrews right now than it is in Due West!