Christmas in Paris

I’ve really struggled to write this post. How do you write about a place that was home? It would be like writing about Montpelier, Boston or Seattle. For me, Paris isn’t about museums, beautiful buildings, amazing sights; it’s about people. Not just people watching, which is what many like to do in Paris, but about the families that I’ve known or been a part of for so many years. Who writes a blog post about going home for Christmas? And if they do, how do they make it interesting for those who want to see the sights?

So, because I could procrastinate forever, I’m just going to post a bunch of pictures because I know that’s what most of you want to see. I can’t really muster a lot of awe and enthusiasm about the photos because they just aren’t anything new or exciting for me. Really, Lyman should write this post because his excitement about visiting Paris made me try to see it with different eyes.

Besides the obvious of spending Christmas in the most amazing city in the world, the biggest treat was the ability to walk everywhere. I really miss public transportation and a walkable urban landscape. It was so wonderful to send the boys out with a few Euros to buy bread, cheese, ham and fruit. We can’t do that in Jordan.

Reconnecting with old friends was indescribable. Introducing my family to so many people who knew me in a completely different life stage was humbling and intense. I’m eternally grateful to all who opened their homes and hearts to all of us.

Enjoy the pictures!

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Just a slightly different landscape than we’re used to.

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Arc de Triomphe

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Champs Elysee

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Palais de Decouverte–ice skating in Paris!

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Skating

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Love the views.

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Not the best picture, but we’re all together!

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Random street view of the Eiffel Tower.

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They are ALL smiling!

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Old friends are the best friends. Gerry Hadden made a quick stop in Paris in between interviews.

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I love the streets in Paris. If the weather had been better, there would be many more random street photos.

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The Seine.

Notre Dame:

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Odd angle, but the best I could do.

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Love the door.

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Not bad for a picture from my phone.

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Unbelievable stained glass windows.

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Not sure which building this is. Musee D’Orsay, perhaps?

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The Louvre

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Pyramid at the Louvre.

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Greenpeace managed to put up a HUGE banner.

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Pyramid from the inside.

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The only thing that Charlie really wanted to see in all of Paris: The Mona Lisa.

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So many amazing ceilings.

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And, another one.

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In the Egyptian wing.

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The boys loved this statue.

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Interior of small pyramid outside of Apple store.

Random street views:

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Taken from a bridge.

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Note the shape of the building.

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Love the building that looks chopped in half.

Paris at night:

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The Seine at night.

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Musee d’Orsay at night.

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The Pompidou

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Opening Christmas presents with the grandparents in Vermont via Skype.

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Ready for Christmas dinner.

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Sacre Coeur.

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Street performer at Sacre Coeur with all of Paris in the background.

Versailles:

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Unbelievable crowds.

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The line was at least 2 hours long, with pre-purchased tickets!

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Finally, inside the gate.

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Overwhelming opulence.

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Hall of Mirrors.

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My fascination with ceilings continues.

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Near the gardens.

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Even in the winter, the gardens are beautiful.

One of the only sunny days in Paris:

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Jardin de Luxembourg.

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View towards the Louvre.

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Many years ago, my parents and I stayed in a houseboat on the Seine for several magical weeks. Would have loved to do it again, but NOT in December.

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Sunny Seine.

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Best family shot of the trip.

Saint Germain en Laye:

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Love the pink.

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The Chateau at St. Germain-en-laye.

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First rainbow of 2013.

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Couldn’t resist.

4 thoughts on “Christmas in Paris

  1. Thanks so much Rachel! It’s so good to “see” you all, and it’s great to know that you’re having such an amazing time. That Castle Market is the coolest!

  2. Wow! So many really great photos. I love the street performer with the soccer ball, the rainbow between the tight buildings, the ceilings, seeing the family shots, and just seeing a lot of pictures from your visit to Paris. I’m so glad you shared all these, Rachel.

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