Saturday, June 28, 2008

Day 2 in Amsterdam

Some photos from day 2 in Amsterdam. (We didn't take the camera around yesterday.)  I love this city. I've come close to getting killed by a bike, but other than that, what a great place... It's quiet, it's pretty, it's relaxed. And what do they feed these people? It's a country of Adonises. 

Cat sitting on a bike outside a bakery.

Go Orange! (We were bummed when Holland lost in the Europe Cup.)

Bikes, bikes and more bikes. And then... some bikes.
Listening to a band in the open air theater.
Tops of houses in the evening.
The view from our hotel window.

Last night in Paris. 

Little Street
Hotel de Ville
LGBT protest
The pyramid at the Louvre

I think it's about 10:00 PM when we took this. Just hanging out at the Touillere.

The Eiffel tower - sparkling

Faces on a bridge

Thursday, June 26, 2008

We thought about going to see the Orsay museum, but we're both museum-ed out. We decided to spend our last day in Paris just walking around and chilling.  We hung out in a park outside Notre Dame playing backgammon. We went to the Jewish section again, got some stuff for a picnic and had lunch on the tip of Iles de la Cite, playing backgammon some more. It's amazing, but (according to Glenn) every game I win is due to luck and every game he wins is due to skill.  Incidentally, I'm up by 22 points. Needless to say, one of us was in a crabby mood for much of the morning. We walked down St. Germain st, and back to our hotel. 

Notre Dame
Tip of Iles de la Cite

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Last night we went out to hear Jazz. So an American and an Israeli-American end up listening to a Finnish band play Latin Jazz in Paris, France. Cool.  Our tickets actually got us into 4 clubs, so we kept hopping back and forth. We went to bed around 2:00 AM. Today we planned on going to the Foundation Cartier - a museum of modern art. We walked through Jardin Luxembourg to get there. Outside the park was a cool photography display. Large photographs hung on the length of the railings.  Unfortunately, when we got to the museum we discovered it was closed. Bummer. We made our way back through Rue Mouffetard - a little street market. We took a river boat to see some of the sights along the Seine.  The plan tonight is to take a walk along the Seine.

Photography display outside Jardin de Luxembourg
On the boat. Notre Dame growing out of Glenn's head.
Notre Dame from the back side.
Row of apartment buildings on Ile St. Louis. Glenn wants an apartment on the other side of the island. OK.
Hotel De Ville (City Hall)
Glenn's favorite bridge - Pont Alexandre III. We hope to see the lights come on tonight. 
Pont Alexandre III

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

We switched hotels today. The hotel Glenn wanted to stay at originally was on Iles St. Louis, but they didn't have rooms for the first two nights, so we stayed off the Champs Elysees. Today we moved to the Iles St. Louis. It's a fun area - small cafes and shops on a tiny Island. Right next door to the island that houses Notre Dame. We started the day by going to the Rodin Museum. After we moved hotels we walked to Jardin de Luxembourg, passing Notre Dame on the way. We read and played backgammon.  The plan tonight is to go hear swing at a Jazz club not too far from our hotel. 

Notre Dame

Statue in Jardin de Luxembourg
Jardin de Luxembourg
Jardin de Luxembourg

Monday, June 23, 2008

We took it easy today. We're finally beat. We took the metro to the Picasso museum in the morning. We walked through the museum and the Jewish section. We got some falafel and rugelach for lunch. Yum. We spent most of the rest of the day walking back (other side of town). We stopped at every garden, circle, place, and coffee shop: backgammon, reading, people watching, coffee, backgammon, reading, people watching, coffee,... We wanted a quiet evening so we went to see Indiana Jones. It was nice to hear some English (but the movie sucked). 

water fountain by Pompidou
Gardens by Palais Royal
Water Fountain by Palais Royal
The pyramid by the Louvre
Damn. I'm naked and there's a pigeon on my head.

Night 1 in Paris

Some photos of the Eiffel Tower from last night.