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June 2011

Paris Day 11 – D’Orsay and the Gay Pride Parade

This reveler was WAY tall. Quite the costume too. Today we visited the Musee D’Orsay and then attended the Paris Gay Pride Parade. The museum was a bit of a letdown (more details on that in a moment), but the parade was something else. Paris is a very gay city! Lots and lots of pictures to see so let’s get going.

We got a late start in the morning, but I figured with the parade in the early evening, we’d still have plenty of time to visit the Museum. We got there and the line was a mile long. We were discouraged, but figured that waiting in line was our best option as any other museum would likely take just as long to get to.

Paris Day 10 – Giverny

Now here's a really pretty picture of the lily pond. Someone should paint it... Ah, the French countryside. Today we leave the hustle and bustle of Paris and board a train for Giverny. Giverny is a quiet little village (if you don’t count the tourists) where Claude Monet once resided and is also the site of many of the inspirations for his paintings. It’s going to be a calm (except for the tourists) and beautiful day. Come along!

Paris Day 9 – Morts, Macy, & Monuments

A wall of skulls and bones in the pale light of our LED lamps. Alright, the third time is the charm, right? Today, we make our third attempt to visit the catacombs. This time we’ll arrive before the attraction opens, and hopefully the lines won’t be too long. Afterwards, we head over to check out the Eiffel Tower, a required visit for any tourist in Paris! Oh, and we also run into a famous celebrity in the streets…

Paris Day 8 – Sacre Coeur and Sex Shops

One of the few non-explicit works of art in the Musée de l'Erotisme. Today we head up to the basilica summit in Montmartre to check out Sacre Coeur and the artist square, then we head down into Pigalle to check out the seedy sex shops and the Museum of Erotic Art. Yes, I took pictures…

Paris Day 7 – Fête de la Musique

Kim and I posing together in front of a fountain. Today we walk some more of Paris (always with the walking!), attempt to visit the Catacombs (we fail – again), and then attend Fête de la Musique which is a summer solstice event where there’s live music on every street corner in Paris. We’ll have a grand time! Come along!

Paris Days 5-6: Emergencies, Busted Knees, and L’Orangerie

One of the many really cool steam punk style sculptures and art in one of the galleries around Place des Vosges. It's Captain America! Catchy title eh? Well plenty went down during these two days of our trip. Well laid plans were turned to dirt and much needed knees were badly hurt. Still, after it all, we managed to have a grand old time. Read on to find out what happened!

Paris–Day 4: The Pompidou

This photo isn't out of focus, the painting is. It literally hurts your eyes to look at. Fascinating... Today we’re off to the Pompidou: a fantastic modern art museum where the building itself is a work of industrial art. Come with us and see what weird and fantastic things we discover!

Paris Days 1-3: Walking around Paris

Kim looking at the padlocks secured to the bridge railing. They're put there by lovers as part of a new Parisian fad. We are off to Paris again! My girlfriend Kim and I are off to the city of lovers for two weeks. This entry covers our flight over and how we spent our first full day in the grand city. Click to read more!