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Switzerland, Lucerne: Switzerland = Watches

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A stop in Lucerne gave us endless hours of browsing through watch shops. The incredible amount of creativity of what can be designed on a watch was amazing.

France, Paris: Approaching the Opera de Paris

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Heading down the Boulevard des Capuchines toward the Opera de Paris is still one of those OMG moments. It is way grander than you imagined.

 

France, Paris: Crowning of Napoleon

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In the Louvre, one of the largest paintings at 33 ft. x 22 ft. was unsurprisingly commissioned by Napoleon himself of his 1804 coronation. His official court painter Jacques-Louis David, created a Facebook of French politicians, Napoleon’s family and, of course a selfie of the painter himself.

France, Paris: Paris Opera Charles Garnier Sculpture

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This monument on the side of the Opera de Paris is dedicated to its architect, Charles Garnier. We loved the idea of putting the seating plan front and center.

Austria, Innsbruck: Musical Dancing Water under Crystal Clouds

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Leave time for outdoor wows at Swarovski Crystal World, Austria. The Mirror Pool surrounded by Crystal Clouds was gorgeous in itself – and then the music started…..

Austria, Innsbruck: What a Place to Take a Nap in the Sunshine

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 Sometimes you just get overwhelmed by the expansive beauty and have to lay your head down to absorb it all.

 

Austria, Innsbruck: Snowball Catch in August

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Bring gloves along for the fabulous feeling of throwing snowballs in August. Ride the Nordkette cable car in Innsbruck to the end and frolic in the snow.

 

France, Paris: Notre Dame Cathedrale from the Seine

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Flying buttresses on the back of Notre Dame Cathedrale from the perspective on a Bateau Mouche.

Austria, Innsbruck: Cinderella Swarovski Crystal Worlds

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Aha, so that’s where the prince had Cinderella’s glass slipper made! (at Swarovksi)

Austria, Innsbruck: Star Crooner’s Crown Swarovski Crystal Worlds

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Elton John’s crown made by Swarovski crystal.