Back in Seattle…

…and so tired!  Nothing like suffering through jetlag on your first day back at work.  The trip was amazing.  I loved (loved) Paris. Anyways, so many highlights – I can’t wait to share the photos!   The Louvre at Night, taken with my iPhone

Nice, France

I ended the trip with some much needed time on the beach.  🙂        

Cafe de Flore

My last day in Paris, I went to Cafe de Flore to channel Sartre, soak in the atmosphere, and write in my journal.  I was especially excited when I ended up sitting next to a certain well-known New Yorker staff writer!

Paris at Night

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The Louvre at Night

I wasn’t originally going to take night photos of the Louvre.  But walking through on the way to the Metro, the “golden hour” lighting was too good to pass up.  I ended up staying for dinner, and more photography of the Louvre Pyramid.                   

“Mona Lisa”

I was mixed on whether to hunt down the “Mona Lisa” inside of Louvre – I had heard the crowds take all the joy out of it  But once inside the museum, it’s kinda hard to resist such a famous painting. Especially with all the "This Way to the Mona Lisa" signs.     The Louvre allows people to take pictures inside. Which I love. But it definitely seemed like most folks were just PhotoOp-ing, and not really looking at it.     Anyways, I really liked the “Mona Lisa”. Photos of it don’t do it justice. Some paintings just …

The Louvre

What can I say – the Louvre is a beautiful museum.             michelangelo’s dying slave.  stunning.      

Bastille Day Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower

I arrived in Paris on Bastille Day.  Unfortunately, it meant that I missed the morning parade (and the Balls the night before). But I did get to see the Champ de Mars fireworks!         (click to see large size)


My last day in London, I took the train to Cambridge… The weather was all over the place… cloudy, rainy, sunny.  It made for some fun photography in this picturesque town.