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Sunday, June 14, 2015

More Adventures in Paris

Bonjour Mes Amis!
I apologize for being missing in action for the past two weeks!  I promised you that I'd share more photos of our trip in May to Paris, and I've not forgotten!  Of course, life gets in the way, we've been going crazy with selling our house, trying to figure out details like where we will live, etc, etc.  Let me tell you, it is not fun, and I've been more than a little stressed, to say the least!  But, I will save all of that for another time.  For now, let's just talk about the fun stuff, Paris!
Of course it's not a proper trip to Paris without a visit to the Eiffel Tower!
It was a glorious warm and sunny day the day we were there.
On our last trip to Paris, we climbed to the top. But this time, we decided it was much easier to enjoy the view down at ground level!

 Notice that large round ball suspended from the center? We couldn't figure out what that was til we got closer.  I swore that it looked like a giant tennis ball, and I was right!
I didn't get a shot of it, but in one of the park areas at the base of the tower, a tennis match was being broadcast on a large screen, and several hundred people were watching from the lawn.
 Oh, you can get a glimpse of the screen to the right of hubby! (above)
 And a shot I snapped while standing underneath the tower!
 Just look at all those roses!  They weren't fragrant, but they were oh so pretty!
Next lets visit another favorite of ours, Luxembourg Gardens.  The gardens are a short walk from our hotel, and a very popular spot, especially on the weekend.  It was Sunday when we visited, and the park was full of sun bathers, runners, picnickers, and people just relaxing and having fun people watching.
 First off, the park is huge (over 56 acres) and very impressive!  
The amazing building you see here was built in 1612, and was the palace of Marie de Medici, widow of King Henry IV.
Now days it's owned by the French Senate.
Gorgeous urns, statues and flowers are everywhere.
 I love the tranquility of this shaded pool and fountain.

 The large pond, below is always full of toy remote control sail boats, that young children race.

 I was loving all of the pink foxglove, behind me.
Thanks for joining me on my little tour!
Hope you have a great week!


Renee said...

Glad you got a chance torelax before selling your home. Thanks for sharing!

Trisha said...

Even more amazing shots of an amazing trip! Did your house sell? We are still waiting for our offer to be accepted :| Have a wonderful week!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Pretty Paris!! It makes me wish I could go in the spring some time!!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Wonderful photos, Donna...looks such such a great trip! So great you sold your place...hope you find what you are looking for soon!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love your pictures---what a great trip and you look beautiful! I wish you all the best in finding your new place. Keep us updated.

Jane x

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Thank you so much for the lovely tour. I am afraid that is the only way I will ever see France is through every ones visit. The pictures are wonderful and you captured the beauty of the flowers and buildings.
So glad that you had a wonderful trip. Good luck with the sale of the house. Have you decided on South Carolina or was it North.
Hugs to Katie.

Rose L said...

Armchair travel is better than nothing. I did not see Luxemburg when I was in Paris. Lovely. Thank you for sharing.

monse conchello said...

Es un lugar con un encanto especial. A mi me gusta ir en otoño pero viendo estas fotos también quiero pasear por París en primavera... Gracias.

monse conchello said...

Es un lugar con un encanto especial. A mi me gusta ir en otoño pero viendo estas fotos también quiero pasear por París en primavera... Gracias.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna, you captured gorgeous pics in Paris. Love the tennis ball for the event hanging in the tower. The buildings and gardens are beautiful. I remember my dad talking about Luxembourg. Such a amazing park. The sail boats on the pond would be fun to see. Lovely tour Donna. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day!!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Bonjour Donna,
I hope you will find the most perfect home very soon. I can imagine the added stress the sale and the search have been. How I am loving your photo essays of Paris. Adore the pictures of you, oh my the beautiful blue sky with the Eiffel tower. My heart raced with the serene peaceful reflection in the pool and fountain.
We're still in renovation mode... No vacations for us until all this insane work is done. Hopefully soon we will jet away for a Parisian stay. We have found it nearly impossible to go anywhere because of >^..^< Max's health decline. So until then I rejoice in your beautiful photos.

Musings from Kim K. said...

Thank you for taking us along on your beautiful Parisian trip! It sounds like you sold your home. Congratulations! I can't wait to learn more. Are you hoping to move back to Washington?

handmade by amalia said...

How beautiful the Eiffel tower looks! And not too crowded! You must have had a wonderful day.

Kelly Deal said...

Nice photos! Looks like so much fun!

BeachGypsy said...

Hi Donna! The tower is beautiful and so are the roses!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love your Paris pictures!! Hang in there with selling and buying houses, never fun, but this too will eventually pass and your life will once again settle down!!!


Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Donna, I just loved catching up with all your posts about Paris. Oooh la la! What a wonderful trip and fabulous way to spend your birthday! The food and flowers looked heavenly, and I enjoyed seeing all your sight-seeing photos. Reminds me of our honeymoon and recent 10th anniversary trip my husband and I took. And I chuckled at the photo of you with the locks - aren't they just too much!!
I didn't realize you were moving. I'll be sure to visit back here to read more about that. Take care, Donna (and you look amazing!).

Gail said...

beautiful photos Donna ...the urn with the blooms tumbling out is lovely ...and the lady with the roses...so pretty !
Gail x