Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Paris, Amsterdam in Photos

We’ve been home a little over 24 hours and my head is still spinning. The trip was absolutely incredible. We loved every single second of it. The cities, the sights, the people, the food, everything. I can’t even come up with any words that do it justice. Plus, I’m exhausted and not thinking straight just yet. I’ll write more about it later, but I wanted to share pictures asap. I’ll include some captions to tell part of the story.

We took over 1,200 pictures so it was VERY hard to pick. If we are Facebook friends, you can check out more photos there.

Quick notes- Petra, it was so great to spend the day with you. Thank you so much for putting up with my hangover, for being in charge of the map for the whole day, and for providing such valuable advice on all that big life stuff. You are an incredible friend. I can’t wait to come to London soon!!

Ewen, I can’t believe we missed you!!! I didn’t see your message until we got back. I would have LOVED to meet you and have a beer. I’m heartbroken!! Well, I’m sure we’ll find ourselves on the same continent again someday. :)

Ok, enjoy the pictures!

Monday, Sept 6

Stopped over in Amsterdam for a few hours:


Arriving in Paris:


View from our hotel:


Dinner the first night:


Tuesday, Sept 7

Woke super early due to the time change. First glimpse of Eiffel Tower:


Notre Dame:





View from top of Pantheon:


Wednesday, Sept 8


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Arc de Triumph:


Sacre Coeur Basicila:


That evening:


Jazz club #1:

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Jazz club #2:

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Thursday, Sept 9


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We took a Barge Tour after Petra left:


Friday, Sept 10- My 30th Birthday!

Run in Luxembourg Garden:



Geography Library:


Picnic in Champs de Mars:

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Camped out with a bottle of wine to watch the tower light up:

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Later that night, birthday dinner out:

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Saturday, Sept 11

Last morning in Paris:


Train to Amsterdam:



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Red Light District:


Sunday, Sept 13

Last full day in Europe. Started off with a run around Amsterdam:

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Then we toured the city in a pedal boat on the canals:


Museum Square. See Zach sitting on the “t”?


Van Gough museum:


Street Festival:





Monday, Sept 13

Leaving hotel for the train station at dawn:



Mel said...

Such great pictures and a wonderful way to spend a Birthday!!

Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex said...

I love your pictures! :) Totally made me want to go back to Paris.

Susan said...

Happy belated! What a fun way to celebrate...beautiful pictures!

Lisa said...

AMAZING photo! I would love to run in Europe! I went for a run the last time I was in Vegas and it was so cool running in a city I'm not from. Seeing new things, it's a new adventure for sure. Europe would be on a whole another scale.

Jo Lynn said...

Awesome photos. What a great trip and birthday.
Find me on FB! We have a lot of mutual friends. ;)

Alisa said...

Awesome photos! Glad your trip was so amazing...you both deserved it!!

aron said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures, looks like an absolutely incredible trip and a perfect way to celebrate your bday :)

teacherwoman said...

Looks like an amazing time! I can only imagine! Love all the wonderful photos. THanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

SO amazing! Love all the pictures and I'm pretty sure that's the best way to celebrate a birthday!

Marya said...

Wow! Looks like a fabulous birthday! Looks like you fully enjoyed yourselves!

Ewen said...

Don't panic Jen! It was my brother and family, not me, so you don't have to be heartbroken ;) They're in Italy now, but they saw the Mona Lisa and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I'm still stuck here in Australia.

That was such a short holiday. I guess we Aussies take for granted our 4 weeks annual leave (+ long service leave).

Thanks for the pics - makes me want to visit - maybe in a few years time.

Amy said...

Wow - loved the pictures. YOu can tell you guys had a great time just by looking at the pics. And you don't look hungover in the pictures w/ Petra. :)

Happy (late) birthday again...what a great vacation.

Marathon Maritza said...

Gorgeous pictures!!!!! We need to have a very long phone session so I can hear ALL about it! I'm so so happy you had a fabulous time and welcome to Club 30, baby!! I must say...it really is as awesome as everyone says it is.

Love and miss you! XOXO

kelsalynn said...

I'm so jealous of you guys! You deserve a vacation!

Chloe said...

how wonderful is amsterdam?? I went to school in holland for awhile when I was working on my degree....and fell in LOVE with that city! Glad you enjoyed it!! :)