Thursday, December 26, 2013
At two o'clock we dressed warmly, the sun was shining brightly but it was still cold outside, and walked to the Metro Station. One change and we were at the Place de la Concorde.
Headed west we were looking for the art galerie where Maeliss' cousin works; she and Jim had a wonderful conversation on the train home yesterday afternoon. Not always an easy task as the streets often change names every few blocks but we managed and unfortunately it was closed. But we enjoyed the challange. Walking east we passed a new church for us called St. Augustin; very large and impressive on the outside we may return to see the inside on another day. We passed the Parc du Louie XVI that has the mass graves from the Revolution.
Soon we saw the Garnier Opera and behind it the Galeries Lafayette...my main objective for the day! I've opened my slideshow with my favorite photo of the huge tree that sits under the stained glass dome in the center of the main store. The windows again were amazing. I have to go back another day late at night when the children are in bed. You can't get near them during the day!
Soon it was dark enough for some good photos and then we walked all the way to Rue de Rivoli and then west to the Place de la Concorde. There we got in line for a short wait to ride the huge Ferris Wheel next to the Obelisk with fabulous views of the blue white and red lights on the Avenue des Champs Elysees. We also enjoyed the sparkling strobe lights at six o'clock on the Eiffel Tower while we waited in line for our ride.
Back to the Metro and home by seven o'clock. We enjoyed making our dinner at home this evening. We had lasagna, ham, cheese, bread with olive pesto, wine and dessert of creme brulee. What more could you want...maybe those couple of pieces of chocolate we enjoyed with our second glass of wine after dinner.
Hope you enjoy the slideshow: