And now, on to les photos!
First, one of my favorite photos of the entire trip. Grandma Doris looking so elegant and chic as we drank beaujolais in memory of my mom in the Place des Vosges.
It looks like Doris has been living in Paris all her life!
Another side of Grandma Doris
The other greatest pic of the trip: Mother & Son ParisWheel
The next day, we cruised around the city, checked out the Sacré-Cœur and took in the gorgeous views of Paris, ate lunch under a windmill and had an incredible dinner in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés at L'Atelier Maître Albert. The restaurant is half old stone walls and half modern bistro. I ate the best soup of my life and we all loved our meal. After, we had a late-night stroll along the Seine (no wheelchair!) and called it a night.
Next day! The AMAZING Musee d'Orsay, which is housed in an incredible renovated train station. We ate an elegant lunch in the museum restaurant, an opulent dining room on top of the museum, fit for Marie Antoinette! So many chandeliers! With one of the largest collections of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, the d'Orsay building and the art housed inside it were awe-inspiring. They are also currently showing a special (dark, gory, shocking and awesome) exhibition on crime & punishment with a special look at the French Revolution with a real guillotine and artist renderings of beheadings and heads. So cool.
That night, more good food (including white chocolate wasabi ice cream!!!), a sunset boat cruise on the Seine, and a stroll through the Louvre in the moonlight. This is really, seriously my life. Pinch me.
(More pics from this awesome cruise for another post)
Ok, closing in on the home stretch...We visited the gothic chapel of Sainte-Chapelle, the most incredible rendering of the story of the Bible made in panels of stained glass from the 13th century. This incredible display of glass and history survived two world wars and almost NINE centuries of life. The exquisite glass panel storyline, what my dad called "the first graphic novel," was constructed all by hand in the span of six short years. Amazing!
Then, RAIN! And an adorable photo opportunity...
(third favorite photo of the trip)
After a rainy afternoon, it was time to get fancy (very, very, very fancy) for dinner atop the Eiffel Tower in the famed Le Jules Verne restaurant. We all got chills as we walked in and took in the views of the city. Our table overlooked the Trocadero and Musee d'Homme and our food was beyond description. The most incredible meal of our lives. So special.
Le Fois Gras
L'Asperge Blanche avec Caviar Noir
Le Veloutte de Crustaces
All in all, we had a FULL week! Grandma Doris rolled like a champion. My dad and I were able to keep up with her. We ate and drank more than we ever have in our lives. We missed my brother and Grandma Laverne. And my mom was with us every step of the way.
So much love!