Warning-heavy photo dump

We are here, happy, busy and behind on posting. Today I am playing catch up with photos and sights around town. These are just a small sampling of our pictures!

Tuesday we toured Luxembourg Jardins. There are many statues to see in the Gardens. We thought Lady Liberty sparkled in the golden leaves. What do you think?

The lion surveys his kingdom.

The bees were busy making honey.

Luxembourg Palace.

We visited St. Sulpice Church of DaVinci Code Fame. Because of the huge influx of visitors it is getting a much-needed facelift. Of course…it is all fiction, but the church is enjoying the extra funds!

We returned by way of Rue Mouftetard. This street has a little of every culture and was home to Ernest Hemingway for a few years.

Wednesday found us visiting Sainte Chapelle, also undergoing renovations. We think winter may be renovation time because there are fewer visitors. But then again, everything is old and in constant need of repair. The windows at St. Chapelle are lovely. I hope to see them completely restored in 2014.

Everyone is getting ready for Christmas…even the buildings.

We celebrated Thanksgivng with Turkey! I will post that soon.

Saturday (today) we are going to a wine exposition. That should be interesting…1000 small wineries sharing their wines with us and the rest of Paris!

 

 

 

 

 

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

The weather was sunny Monday so we took advantage of the little bit of sunshine and went back to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Lovely mums lined the entrance walk. We stopped by most of  the “famous but dead” sites.

Jim Morrison

Oscar Wilde

They had to put up a plexiglass wall to keep people from “kissing” the monument.

Heloise and Abelard, Oldest Residents in Pere Lachaise

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) This place had the most flowers of all and we saw people bringing more remembrances as we were leaving.

Edith Piaf (1915-1963)

I took a lot of pictures of the family mausoleums. Each door is unique.

I  thought of these as Doors to Eternity.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour of Pere Lachaise Cemetery. This cemetery is the most visited cemetery in the world…according to the Internet… so I know it is true.

There are a lot of people in Paris

And we joined about 1 million of them Sunday at the Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysees.This market was huge….while it was fun, loud, and exciting it was too commercial for us. Nothing is as good as a real old-fashioned Christmas Market in Germany. Maybe next year.

They had all sorts of items for sale. We looked at a lot and bought a few small things for gifts. Food was VERY popular along with hot mulled wine.

Beautiful handmade soap. Smelled wonderful!

There were fun activities for the children. Ice skating, slides, trampolines and photos with Pere Noel.

On the way to the market we stopped at the Renault showroom and cafe to look at cars. They have such beautiful cars along with some tiny little smart cars. They need small cars in order to find a parking place!

Another day done….more to come.