Where were we? Oh, on one of the days we took a cruise along the River Seine. It was a nice way to see the major sites without exhausting ourselves.
|I took this same cruise with my husband after our wedding years ago. Funny to think that I've returned with a son in tow!|
During the cruise we passed Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge made out of metal. See all the padlocks attached to the railings? It's a tradition for lovers to wish for everlasting love by securing a padlock to the railing and throwing the keys in the water. I'm suprised there weren't any vendors selling locks nearby.
After the cruise I explored these stalls along Pont Neuf, the Seine's oldest (rebuilt) bridge. The vendors mostly sold vintage goods (books, magazines etc) and souvenirs. I ended up buying several fashion magazines (Circa 1920-40s) and vintage posters which I can't wait to frame.
While walking the streets of Paris one thing I kept admiring was the application of gold and bronze gilding on everything and anything possible.
|It's as if they've adorned the city with jewelry.|
|How majestic is this?|
|It wasn't enough to have one winged horse dripping in gold, no, they had to have another one on the other side too.|
|I wasn't exaggerating when I said there was gold everywhere! |
In fashion the French may be masters of understated elegance but when it comes to architecture "understated" it is not.
I also loved the random bursts of color in a sea of grey structures.
Another thing I appreciate is the attention to detail in the mundane things. Check out the beautiful carvings on this lamp post. Apparently the French left nothing untouched.
Paris was indeed a feast for the eyes. Even Noah agrees, here he is admiring Gucci's window display.
|Uhh Noah, your taste is too expensive for a 2.5 yo. Plus, you need a job to buy those.|
|The sheep was a witty way to represent Fall season/collection.|
Now here is a feast in the literal sense.
|Why wait in line for an iphone at the Apple Store when you can have these?|
And that my friends concludes my Paris adventures. I hope you enjoyed looking at my pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. If you couldn't get enough, visit soon for pictures from our next destination, Roma. Ciao!