Nous sommes Charlie…

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I have pondered throughout this past week about whether to write a post regarding the terrorist attacks in France: The attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine which left 12 dead on Wednesday, the killing of a female police officer the following day, and the attack on a Kosher supermarket in which four more died. There are so many other political and news sites who could do it justice better than I, and there are other bloggers who … [Read more...]

Photography Friday 6: Paris is always a good idea

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 My first trip to Paris was a game changer. These photos are from that first trip, the second day. Though that was a few years ago, when I look at these photos, it is like I am right back there. And I am so happy because in less than a week, I will be. The mini lady liberty...   Me, at the Louvre...(my hair was so short then!) The Venus de Milo   The Mona Lisa Having a little museum fun... This … [Read more...]

Trocadero at Night

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I took these pictures from the esplanade du Trocadero. This area, between the two wings of the Palais de Chaillot, offers what many consider to be the best view of the Tour Eiffel. It is located in the 16th arrondissement, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. The hill of the Trocadéro is the hill of Chaillot, a former village. If you go at night, be sure to visit at the top of the hour when the twinkle lights go off for ten minutes. From … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesday: Tips for Visiting the Palace of Versailles

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                                        If you go to Paris, a day trip to the Palace of Versailles, by most people's opinions--including mine, is a must. The court of Versailles was the center of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family (including his wife, Marie Antoinette) was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. You can do a 1/2 day … [Read more...]