Paris- Day 4

This morning we started our adventures at the Arc de Triomphe. It is in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle. It is at the west end of Champs-Elysees. Construction was started in 1806 and finally inaugrated in 1836. We you see it up close it isn’t surprising that it took that long.

We took our time walking around the monument and soaking it in before taking a walk down the Champs-Elysees.

Paris – Day 3 (part 2)

Notre Dame. I have seen it many times but always from the other side of the Seine. Today we had a chance to spend more time there. We took the Metro to Chåtelet Les Halles and walked to the Ile del la Cite´.

We decided not to wait in line to climb the tower (looked like another two hour wait, but we did tour the grounds and the interior. It is a beautiful chuch and an amazing feat, 850 years ago.

Paris – Day 3 (part 1)

I had a great time capturing the opera house before dawn, I decided to try the process again, this time with the Eiffel Tower. I mentioned it to Kate and she was game too. We were on the road at 5:30 and were in place just after 6:00AM.

While there are certainly things happening at that time of the morning (e.g. six people sweeping steps – anybody got a leaf blower?), there certainly aren’t many tourists. It made it much easier to get the position you wanted and not feel like you were hogging it. Here are a few shots of that early adventure.

Paris – Day 2

Day 2 started early. I woke up early, and decided to explore the area. The first morning is always an early rise for me as I adjust to the local timezone. This was no exception. Up at four, fought it until five and then headed out.

We are quite centrally located and a walk up Avenue de l’Opera is quite nice pre-dawn. Here are two early morning shots (the first is the opera house).

























When I returned (after everyone was up) we had a nice breakfast and headed for the Trocadero Metro stop. I had heard that that was the right way to approach the Eiffel Tower. The advice was good. When you walk around the corner, it slams you.







































This is certainly the best way to explore the upper parts of the Tower. When we were there, I’d estimate the lines at two hours, minimum.













From the other side of the tower, the lighting was better, albeit slightly less dramatic.



























All in all a very memorable experience. I have seen it from afar, I have seen it from a car (I have seen green eggs and ham, Sam I am) but never up close. Wow.

European Vacation II

Yesterday we arrived in Paris. As the post title implies, this is the second installment of Feiks go to Europe. In 2010 Mary and I were lucky to be able to spend ten days in London with Bryan and Kate. Last year we starting planning this trip, ten days in Paris.

We rented an apartment at 22 Avenue de l’Opera. It is situated halfway between the Louvre and the Opera House (about 3 blocks either direction). Mary couldn’t have found a better location. The apartment is also very nice. We did something similar in London and I am quite attached to renting an apartment vs. hoteling. This location is also quite a bit nicer than the flat in London.

After we unpacked, Mary and I went for a short walk, checked out the Opera house and then picked up a few groceries.

Academie Nationale de Musique













We went back, took a short nap and then all gathered ourselves for a walk to the Louvre. It is massive.
























We are planning at least a full day inside, so we kept going and walked along the Seine towards Notre Dame.












I remember the street vendors from my last trip even though that was quite a few years ago.












I am sure we’ll take the Metro may times, but for now we are just hoofing it. It is so much fun taking in the different neighborhoods walking through the city. We headed back, grabbed a bite to eat, a glass of wine and called it a day about ten.

NYC – Freedom Tower

Finally – I really wanted to visit ground zero and see how the new tower is coming. So much I could say. I’ll just leave it at this image.

NYC – St. Patricks

Leave it to locals (thanks Laurie) for finding new views of common landmarks. Here is St. Patricks from a new angle.



















There were some events underway but we were able to take in the beautiful interior.

NYC – The Highline

On Sunday we had brunch at Pastis – another runaway success from Keith McNally. It was like eating in a French bistro while in the meatpacking district of Manhattan. Quite tasty.

After that we walked the High Line. The High Line is a 1-mile linear park built on a 1.45-mile (2.33 km) section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan; it has been redesigned and planted as an aerial greenway.

Here some pictures from that adventure.






































NYC – Central Park

We stayed in a friends apartment on Central Park West. The location was ideal. We loved it. It was a short walk to Lincoln Center, and provided great access to Central Park. We had fun touring the park but only cracked the surface.

Here is a shot of Sheep’s Meadow. It was quite a meat/meet market.








Here a couple of images from a street show on the Mall. I don’t know that any of these folks really knew that there was about to be a flyover.
















































People enjoyed walking through the Park, strolling over the Bow bridge.








Others going for a boat ride on the lake. What a beautiful park in a cool city.

New York City – Lincoln Center

For our 22nd Anniversary Mary and I visited NYC. In September 2010 we saw a commercial for a play that was receiving rave reviews in London’s West End called War Horse. We added the play to our must see list. This spring, we were able to score two tickets to War Horse at Lincoln Center. Mary snared front row balcony seats.

Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center is a wonderful venue and a WarHorse did it justice. Here is a good clip.


Recap: The play starts in Devon at the outbreak of WWI, Joey, young Albert Narracott’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Joey serves in the British and German armies, and gets caught up in enemy fire. Death, disease and fate take him on an extraordinary odyssey. But Albert cannot forget Joey, and, still not old enough to enlist in the army, he embarks on a dangerous mission to find and bring him back to Devon.
It was the most moving production I have ever witnessed. Ever. If you get a chance to see it, you won’t be disappointed.

wpid-IMG_0771-Version-2-250x250-2012-05-1-14-09.jpgThe Lincoln Center environs are beautiful.