Photos: Contiki 2011 – Day 6 – Paris and Versailles

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

When I booked my trip to Europe, I consciously did it so that I would be in Paris on my birthday.

And Thursday, June 16, 2011 was a fine birthday, to be totally understated. ;)

On that day, I hung out with my (newfound) friends Melissa and Michael, a brother and sister from California. Our first destination was the Arc de Triomphe and we knew the coach was leaving in the morning to bring those who wanted to on a tour of a perfumery. We thought that would get us closer faster. Well, we didn’t account for Paris rush hour traffic. We really should have just walked to the metro from the hotel and gone from there. It was have been much faster and more efficient.

Anyway…

Where the perfumery was was near the Paris Opera House.

Paris Opera House - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Paris Opera House – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

We started searching for the metro, but could not seem to find it. So, we asked an elderly French lady and she was more than happy to help us find it.

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Now, you may notice the traffic circle between me and the Arc de Triomphe. As I wrote about in my earlier entry, entering that circle in a car can be quite hazardous and it would be highly inadvisable to do so on foot.

Me in front of the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Me in front of the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

So, there is a tunnel that goes under it.

Tunnel to the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Tunnel to the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

The Arc de Triomphe is a truly mammoth and impressive structure. If you’re thinking, ‘Oh, looks like the Washington Square Arch.’ you’re quite mistaken. This is huge!

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense as seen from the base of the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense as seen from the base of the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense and other buildings as seen from the base of the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense and other buildings as seen from the base of the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense and other buildings as seen from the base of the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense and other buildings as seen from the base of the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Eternal Flame at the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Eternal Flame at the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

The Champs-Elysees as seen from the base of the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

The Champs-Elysees as seen from the base of the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

When I got to the top of the circular staircase, I was surprised to find that there is an inside at the top, complete with an exhibit and gift shop. I knew you could go to the top, but I just expected to end up ON top, not IN the top first!

Looking up the staircase inside the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Looking up the staircase inside the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Once you get out on to the roof, the view is spectacular!

Looking down the Champs-Elysees from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Looking down the Champs-Elysees from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Looking down the Champs-Elysees from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Looking down the Champs-Elysees from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Looking down the Champs-Elysees from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Looking down the Champs-Elysees from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Luxor Obelisk and the Louvre as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Luxor Obelisk and the Louvre as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

View from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

View from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Me atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Me atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense as seen in the distance from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense as seen in the distance from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense and other buildings as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense and other buildings as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense and other buildings as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Grande Arche de la Defense and other buildings as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Eiffel Tower as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

View from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

View from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Grand Palais as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Grand Palais as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Grand Palais as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Grand Palais as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Les Invalides as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Les Invalides as seen from atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Here, we could easily tell what the first, third, fourth, and fifth symbols here were telling us not to do. But that second one was a mystery. No underpants? No swim trunks? If you have an idea, please share it in the comments section below!

Atop the Arc de Triomphe - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Atop the Arc de Triomphe – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

A little background here. This was our last day together as a full group. I was one of five people on the London and Paris plus Paris Extension trip. The next day nearly everyone else would either be on a train off to Rome, a plane off to Amsterdam, or on their way home. So, we had to run dash back to the hotel so Michael and Melissa could make some last-minute arrangements regarding their trip home on Friday.

After that, we boarded the RER (the commuter rail, which is pretty much integrated into the Paris Metro) and headed to the Musee d’Orsay.

RER Train - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

RER Train – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Musee d'Orsey - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Musee d’Orsey – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

We saw the special exhibition and did a run through of the first floor before running out to catch the bus to Versailles. I’ll tell you more about the Musee d’Orsay in the following entry.

Entrance to the Musee d'Orsey - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Entrance to the Musee d’Orsey – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Plaza in front of the Musee d'Orsey - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Plaza in front of the Musee d’Orsey – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

From the bus, we saw some people playing a game called Petanque.

Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Our journey out of Paris was slowed quite a bit by some protesters. We could hear real flash bangs from the bus. It was actually kind of exciting.

Protest - Musee d'Orsey - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Protest – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Protest - Musee d'Orsey - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Protest – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Protest - Musee d'Orsey - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Protest – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Protest - Musee d'Orsey - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Protest – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Protest - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Protest – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Eiffel Tower - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Eiffel Tower – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

It is hard to prepare yourself for the size of Versailles. It is another one of those places in France that is just as impressive (if not more) than you hoped!

Sculpture outside the Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Sculpture outside the Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

The Gardens of Versailles as seen from inside the Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

The Gardens of Versailles as seen from inside the Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Normally, I believe the Hall of Mirrors is open in the middle, but there was a special exhibition of thrones and there were thrones all over the palace, making an already popular and crowded destination all the more so.

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

My reflection in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

My reflection in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

The Gardens of Versailles as seen from the Hall of Mirrors inside the Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

The Gardens of Versailles as seen from the Hall of Mirrors inside the Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

This is Jacques-Louis David’s own the replica of “The Coronation of Napoleon.” The original had been housed here, but was transferred to the Louvre. There are subtle differences between the two equally impressive paintings.

"The Coronation of Napoleon" at the Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

“The Coronation of Napoleon” at the Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

You can see the Pope presiding over the ceremony.

"The Coronation of Napoleon" at the Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

“The Coronation of Napoleon” at the Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

And look! There’s his chair in real life!

Pope's chair seen in "The Coronation of Napoleon" at the Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Pope’s chair seen in “The Coronation of Napoleon” at the Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

After our guided tour inside the palace, we exited into the gardens. I so wish we had more time for the gardens as we barely scratched the surface! There are immense and expansive and meticulously manicured. I would love to have a whole day in just the gardens (complete with a picnic lunch)!

Me in the Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Me in the Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles as seen from the Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles as seen from the Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles and Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles and Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Look at that!!!

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles and Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Palace of Versailles and Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Me in the Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Me in the Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

I mean WOW!!!!!

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Me in the Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Me in the Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles - Versailles, France - Jun 16, 2011

Gardens of Versailles – Versailles, France – Jun 16, 2011

After Versailles, we had some paperwork to take care of on the bus back to Paris and then got ready for our last night out on the town as a full group.

Square Louise Michel - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Square Louise Michel – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

We exited the Metro at Square Louise Michel, which seemed like a somewhat sketchy area.

Square Louise Michel - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Square Louise Michel – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

We then made our way up the many steps to Sacre Coeur and dinner in Montmartre.

Sacre Coeur as seen from Square Louise Michel - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur as seen from Square Louise Michel – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

View from Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

View from Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

View from Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

View from Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

View from Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

View from Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Tour Montparnasse as seen from Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Tour Montparnasse as seen from Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

View from Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

View from Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

In this photo, you can see the infamous Pompidou Center.

Centre Georges Pompidou as seen from Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Centre Georges Pompidou as seen from Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Sacre Coeur – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

I had dinner with my friends Mike and Kat (my fellow New Jerseyans) and Joe and Greg (from Australia). I had escargot for the first time and it was delicious!

Escargot in Montmartre - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Escargot in Montmartre – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Duck in Montmartre - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Duck in Montmartre – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

I found the entire meal wonderful.

Duck in Montmartre - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Duck in Montmartre – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

Dessert in Montmartre - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Dessert in Montmartre – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

After dinner we all met up and then set off to O’Sullivans. This photo is among the best self-portraits I’ve taken.

James, Sarah, and Me in Montmartre - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

James, Sarah, and Me in Montmartre – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

On our way to O’Sullivans, we passed the Cafe des 2 Moulins. It’s the one from Amelie.

Cafe des 2 Moulins - Paris, France - Jun 16, 2011

Cafe des 2 Moulins – Paris, France – Jun 16, 2011

As I noted at the beginning of the entry, it was my birthday and there is what I think is an amusing story about what happened next, but you’ll have to ask to hear that one in person.

On a side note, I just watched Midnight in Paris last night. If you are a fan of Paris and Versailles and the history of art and literature, I would recommend it. Though I will grant you that, had I not been to both recently, I might not have cared about the film – Woody Allen or not.

- Evan Bindelglass

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