Monday, July 25, 2011

Culinary Treasures

Here's just a snapshot of our tasty food adventures in Europe. Enjoy!

Sangria

Seafood crostini

Olive assortment

Paella

Chocolate croissant

Homemade croquettes

Spicy "chips"

Tomato bread

Calamari Rome Style

The Cow that Laughs!

Mojitos at the House of Barcardi

Cod fritters

Sweets galore

Take your pick!

Goat cheese salad

Cassoulet

Rose wine from the Provence region

Cassoulet, take two

Filet with rice and roasted tomato

Creme brulee

Cheeseburger on the boardwalk

Delicious French press coffee

Crepes

Nutella & banana crepe

Gelato

Cafe au lait
Bon appetit!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Paris At Last!

To start our adventure off right, we decided to do as the Parisians do, and stroll the neighborhood. Our hotel was pretty close to the Louve, and we explored the impressive exterior. 




Quite picturesque.


My first sighting of the Eiffel Tower!


This public square is now called Place de la Concorde, but during the French Revolution, it was the named Place de la Revolution. The guillotine was erected here and was the site of over 1,300 executions in one month during the summer of 1794.


We proceeded down Champs Elysses and arrived at the Arc de Triomphe.



We climbed the stairs of the Arc...


...until we reached the top, and we were rewarded for our efforts. What a view.


Windy day to say the least...


Crazy traffic on Pl. Charles de Gaulle.


After seeing it from a distance, it was finally time to see the Eiffel Tower up close and personal.


Next, we made our way to Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris. Victor Hugo lived in one of these houses from 1832-1848; the home is now maintained as a museum.


The next day, we took a fantastic biking tour of the city. I highly recommend it. We got to see many of the main sights, including Notre Dame.


...as well as smaller side streets and bridges.


Another bonus of our biking tour? A discounted river cruise on the Seine. Initially, we weren't going to take a river tour, but I'm so glad we did. The rain held off, and we captured some of our best photos of the trip that night.




The next day, we finally made our way to the Louve. What crowds did I weather to capture this photograph, you ask?


...this.


Not to be missed, we also saw Winged Victory of Samonthrace.


...and Venus de Milo.

Lastly, what trip to Paris would be complete without a stop at Shakespeare & Co.? Considering the weather (read: down pour), we were happy to meander throughout the ex-Pat bookstore.



Quite a quaint and cozy way to end a whirlwind trip!