FEBRUARY SIGHTSEEING IN PARIS AND ROME

As I have mentioned in the past, I took a little trip where I actually got to do some sightseeing. Here are some of my favorite photos that I took on my handy dandy iPhone 5S over the two-week extravaganza. Stay tuned for a post with the ones I took with my DSLR!

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YOURS TRULY OUTSIDE THE MUSEE D’ORSAY. I HAD JUST TOUCHED DOWN FROM ABOUT 12 HOURS OF TRAVEL WITH MY ETERNALLY OBNOXIOUS FAMILY (INCLUDING DRIVING AND CONNECTIONS), SO PLEASE WITHHOLD JUDGEMENT FROM MY POOR CHOICE OF WARDROBE AND FOCUS INSTEAD ON THE PRETTY ARCHITECTURE AND SNAZZY ELEPHANT WITH MONKEYS.

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PARIS FROM THE NOTRE DAME (I SPY LA BASILIQUE DU SACRE-COEUR… WHICH WAS MY FAVORITE PART OF THE WHOLE TRIP, BUT THERE WAS A RESTRICTION ON PHOTOS OF ANY KIND). THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN REALLY EARLY. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE HEIGHTS, DO NOT DO THIS. I GOT DRAGGED UP HERE AND THE ONLY NICE PART WAS THE PHOTOS.

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THE HALL OF MIRRORS AT VERSAILLES. IT IS EVERYTHING YOU IMAGINED IT WOULD BE, AND MORE. SERIOUSLY. THIS ROOM IS THE EPITOME OF WEALTH AND BEAUTY AND ALL THAT JAZZ. THE CHANDELIERS ARE HUGER THAN THEY LOOK IN THE PICTURE. YOU CAN PRACTICALLY FEEL THE ARISTOCRATIC FRENCH VIBES AND SEE THE BALL GOWNS DANCING AROUND WHEN YOU ARE THERE. MAGICAL. TRY NOT TO DROOL ON THE TOURISTS NEXT TO YOU.

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LE TOUR D’EIFFEL (QUINTESSENTIAL PARIS TOURIST PHOTO-OP), I DID NOT CLIMB THIS THING (I AM NOT FOND OF HEIGHTS, AND I HAD A BIT OF A BREAKDOWN ON THE NOTRE DAME), BUT IT IS PRETTY DANG NICE TO LOOK AT. I WAS THERE ON VALENTINE’S DAY, SO THE ENGAGEMENTS AND A WEDDING WERE GOING FULL-SWING. DO NOT GO THERE IF YOU ARE SINGLE ON FEBRUARY 14TH. IT IS ALSO PRETTY COOL TO LOOK AT FROM THE SEINE AT NIGHT.

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THE FLOOR AT SAINTE CHAPELLE IN PARIS… I PROMISE THE FLOOR WAS NOT THE PRETTIEST PART, BUT IT WAS PRETTY GOSH DARN NIFTY. THE CHAPEL IS INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS, AS YOU WOULD EXPECT IT TO BE. RESTORATION WORK HAS SPRUCED THE PLACE UP. THE STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS ARE SO MASSIVE, YOU MIGHT TEAR UP JUST LOOKING AT THEM. (SIDE NOTE: USE THE RESTROOM BEFORE COMING HERE. I ASKED WHERE I COULD FIND ONE, AND GOT DIRECTED TO THE NEXT DOOR CORRECTIONAL FACILITY’S LOVELY WATER-CLOSET. SO MANY REGRETS.)

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THE LOUVRE FROM THE MUSEE D’ORSAY AKA THE TWO BEST MUSEUMS ON THIS PLANET (I HAVE BEEN DRAGGED TO MANY MUSEUMS IN MY MODEST LIFESPAN, BUT THESE TWO ARE ACTUALLY THE GREATEST EVER). NO LIE. UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES.

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SHIFTING GEARS TO ROME: ITALY’S MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND HERITAGE IS HEADQUARTERED IN THE CITY. THOSE ITALIANS DO NOT MESS AROUND WITH THEIR CULTURE AND HERITAGE, AS YOU CAN MOST DEFINITELY GATHER FROM THIS PHOTO. APPROPRIATELY, IT IS RIGHT NEXT TO THE COLOSSEUM AND THE FORUM.

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CEILING IN THE GALLERY OF MAPS AT THE VATICAN MUSEUM. ANOTHER WORLD-CLASS MUSEUM WHERE YOU WIL CRANE YOUR NECK HALF THE TIME BECAUSE OF THE TOP-NOTCH CEILINGS. IT’S FITTING SINCE THE SISTINE CHAPEL IS ATTACHED. ST. PETER’S IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES THAT I HAVE EVER BEEN.

STAY LOVELY, READER

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