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France, Paris: Bateau Mouche

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On a bateau mouche ride on the Seine you get a duck’s eye view of the city going under all those famous bridges, like this one, the Pont St-Michel. FYI there are 37 of them.

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France, Paris: Gustave Eiffel’s Tower

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Gustave Eiffel had an apartment in the tower to entertain guests. And you too can be wined and dined there. There are 2 restaurants and then a champagne bar at the top. We totally enjoyed our entire dining and viewing experience at Alain Ducasse’s Jules Verne, which garnered one Michelin star. Though a set menu, it allows tourists to experience a “starred” moment in this famous city with less than sky high prices (but still expensive). Starting May 2019, it will be managed by three-star chef  Frédéric Anton. Guess we’ll have to go again!

 

France, Paris: Guess Where I Am?

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First visit to the Eiffel Tower.

 

 

France, Paris: A Different Perspective of the Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower from the bottom up.

France, Paris: Thar She Blow – The Eiffel Tower

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Now surrounded by security fences, and an airport-like clearance entrance, some of the freedom, joy, or innocence of the her majesty is lost.

France, Paris: Close up and personal with Tsar Alexandre III

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The beauty of taking a Bateau Mouche ride on the Seine is the joy of going under so many famous bridges – and learning the history effortlessly as you go. This one is the Pont Alexandre III built between 1896 and 1900, the most ornate one and a Paris historical site. Four gilt-bronze statues of Fames watch over the Beaux-Arts style bridge. The exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses celebrate the Franco-Russian alliance enacted in 1892 by Tsar Alexander III. His son Nicholas II laid the foundation stone in October 1896. In the same political spirit, the Trinity Bridge in Saint Petersburg was designed by Gustave Eiffel, and the first stone was laid in August 1897 by French president Félix Faure .

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.

France, Paris: Views from Sacre Coeur Cathdrale

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Everyone getting ready to watch the sunset from the perch above the city of Paris on the steps of the Sacre Coeur Cathedral. And don’t forget to turn around from that iconic view and take a look at the Cathedrale itself in the shadows of the night.