One wonderful perk about being a Tour Manager was I was able to see some beautiful buildings all over the world. One of those was Notre Dame in Paris, France. The picture on top was taken from the rooftop of the building, have you walked to the top of Notre Dame? Have you seen the gargoyles?
The gargoyles above and below are the same, I just zoomed in and positioned myself differently so that in the one below you can see the Eiffel Tower to the right in the background.
I’m terrified of heights but I did manage to get this shot. I can guarantee you I had some body part wrapped around something to prevent me from falling. There is barely a chance to fall from the top of Notre Dame but I’m so scary I don’t take any chances. I love looking at Paris from this view, even though my heart is beating rapidly while I’m enjoying the vista.
I like this position much better, all the way at the bottom! I thought this was a cool angle and it was so lovely outside. If you are a Disney fan, can you find the hidden Mickeys?
Have you been to Notre Dame?
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It’s no secret that I am in love with Paris and all it has to offer. It’s one of those cities that you can just walk down the street and without even trying, find something beautiful to feast your eyes upon.
I was walking down rue du rivoli (which is one of my favorite streets in Paris, there is so much to see on this street!) and I caught sight of this flower shop. The beauteous way the rose petals and potted plants decorate the outside was outstanding. Do you agree?
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I was surprised by the beauty of the St. Petersburg metro. I think it’s a well known fact that Moscow has the most beautiful metro stations in the world and that was the one thing I was really looking forward to seeing (Ok, that last part isn’t a well known fact. You probably had no idea I was looking forward to the metro in Moscow).
However, St. Petersburg also has some lovely stations like these below. It’s amazing to me how clean the metro is, there didn’t seem to be any trash anywhere, it didn’t smell like urine, and there was no graffiti.
Thankfully the metro in St. Petersburg also had the English translation of the station because trying to read Russian was challenging. It’s like no other language I had ever seen so there was nothing to compare it to.
We were on this escalator and it seemed like it was taking an awfully long time so the next time we got on it I timed it. It took three minutes and ten seconds to go down this escalator! And it’s one long escalator, there are no breaks in between. I have never been inside a metro that was this deep underground.
Another thing I noticed it that the metro is incredibly fast. We were sitting down and all of a sudden I realized that we were moving at warp speeds (ok, obviously not that fast but you get the point).
The metro is very noisy but I’ll take noisy over dirty and smelly any day. I love riding the metro, even if it stinks so imagine how happy I was to be in a city where the metro is actually sparkling clean! No one eats or drinks on the metro, I’m not sure if it’s not allowed or if it’s just something people don’t do. Whatever the case, riding the metro was a joy!
Have you seen a metro that looks like this?
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When I was in Moscow last summer with Carly we were walking by this metro stop when she said, “Hey! Look at the metro!” And it took me a minute to figure out why she was having me look at the metro stop. I mean, it’s like every other metro stop we see in Paris. Oh, what’s that you say? We’re in Moscow? Oh yeah! Why is there a Parisian metro in Moscow?
I wanted to show you a picture of a metro in Paris with this type of railing but of course I can’t find one on my computer which is infuriating because I know I have taken several (maybe it’s time to properly organize my pictures). But trust me, this railing and signage is similar to what you see when you are walking along the streets of Paris. I still have no idea why this metro stop looks like it was plucked directly from Paris but I thought it was pretty cool to see something so familiar in a place so foreign to me.
I thought you might get a kick out of seeing how they brown the top of creme brûlée. I snapped these pics with my phone when I was in Paris in March of this year. The waiter/owner was nice enough to hold the hot thingy (yes, the hot thingy is an official French term) so I could get the shots. I think it’s pretty cool how he did this at the table, I had never encountered that before.
I can tell you that this was delicious and I ate the whole thing. This restaurant did not have an ‘English spoken here’ sign in the window and it was a super small resto (that’s what the French call restaurants). In fact, this is where I got the picture of the menu for yesterdays post. Have you had creme brûlée? Did you like it?