Saturday, December 21, 2013

Less than three months until Paris 2014. What wonders lie ahead?








I took this from my sister-in-law Michele's apartment window the first night of the trip my friend, Barbara, and I took in 2011.  I stood and stared at the city beneath me, so excited that our whole trip lay ahead.  The small orb-like lights are not spirits, alas, but raindrops on the huge picture window.


Across the Seine, March 2013.


 Another late night walk beside the Seine.


 One of the entrances to the Louvre…



The I. M. Pei entrance to the Louvre.  (Museum open 'til 9:45 on Wed. and Fri.!)


 Palais Royale, previous home of Philippe Égalite, among others.  Colorful history.  Charlotte Corday bought her murder (such a harsh word considering the victim) weapon here.  Here, Jeanne de la Motte hired the prostitute that impersonated Marie Antoinette in the Versailles garden as part of the Diamond Necklace Affair scandal.

8 comments:

Tica said...

I do hope we can meet when you are in France!

Madeleine Doak said...

Corey, I'd absolutely love that. I'll be there Mar. 8-18. How could we make that happen? Might you be in Paris during that time?

Micah said...

These are really great pictures!! That first one is especially cool - I love the way the streetlights pop. Another reason for more frame shopping!
I was watching a Modern Family episode yesterday about parent-teacher conferences and it reminded me of how you used to go to mine and take notes. That was so sweet of you. I vividly remember dark blue cursive phrases wrapping around the edges of whatever handout the teacher had given you. Such a good mommy. Love and miss you tons!

Madeleine Doak said...

Not bad for IPhone pictures. They'd be better if I'd tapped the screen to focus. I love the top one because of the orb lights. It's my mouse pad at work, too.

I loved parent-teacher conferences and Open House even more. I loved the glimpse into your world so much I had to get a job there so I could walk in it after you left. Tonight, I had to call teachers to tell them that school is cancelled for tomorrow. One of the teachers said, "Oh, by the way, I was cleaning out my classroom and found one of your daughter's projects. It's hilarious!" I didn't know she'd been your teacher. I don't even know what she teaches. She's going to give me the "hilarious' project. I'll keep you posted.

Haley Garrett said...

I don't know if Micah told you, but I'll be in London for 5 weeks this summer. Prepping for a weekend trip to Paris, these pictures make me excited and I will definitely be reading through all of these posts again before I leave!

Madeleine Doak said...

Haley, Micah hadn't told me you'll be in London this summer. Might you be able to make your weekend trip to Paris July 11-13?! I'd love that.

Haley Garrett said...

I would love nothing more than to meet you for a weekend! What dates will you be there? I unfortunately just had my dates in London changed- to May 24-June 28. Will you be there then? Miss you!

Madeleine Doak said...

We'll have to meet elsewhere! My dates are mid-July. I'd be very disappointed, except I know we'll see each other sometime under even better circumstances. Maybe Paris with your mom and Micah. NY, for sure.