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A little history lesson this morning

It’s no secret that Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world. Granted, I haven’t been a ton of places, but enough to know that I absolutely love it. But I love Amsterdam too, so maybe I just love European cities? There’s just some kind of magic to them that we don’t have in America, specially not southern California.

Not that I don’t like it there, I do. It’s just that we Americans have this obsession with everything new. If something is old and worn down, tear it out and build something new in it’s place. If it doesn’t have all the new appliances, redo it so it will. You get the idea. And yet there is something about old that is so neat and endearing. And yes, I have visited and lived in old places, so I know both sides of the coin.

So maybe that’s what I love about places like Paris, Amsterdam, and even London. They have so much character. The architecture is so beautiful. There’s just so much history. And I am a history nerd. (Just finished this book. Henry VIII was a total turd.)

I thought I’d share a few highlights from my most recent Paris trip. I know I’ve been bombarding you lately with this trip, but it’s such a  fun place and a lot of people expressed interest in my travels, so here you go! One more post on this trip (the Opera Garnier – a personal favorite!) and I’ll be done. I’ve shown you the Sacre Couer and a fun quick video overview.

Eiffel Tower and me

Did you know that the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 for the entrance to the World Fair and was built so that it could be taken down 20 years later? Yep, they were going to disassemble the Eiffel Tower. It proved useful for them, so they did not and I’m sure glad they didn’t! It’s such a beautiful, amazing piece of architecture and now such a symbol of Paris and France.

I love it so much I had to just give it a kiss. 🙂

Eiffel Tower kiss

This is the park where I took these pictures and is just next to the Eiffel Tower. So pretty, right? Like a photographers dream. And I am not a photographer. I did my best and this picture is now hanging on our ‘travel photo wall.’

Eiffel Tower park me and mom

Me and my beautiful momma. It was so fun having her here.

The Eiffel Tower




A little later that night after walking around, visiting Shakespeare and Company, the Lourve, and Angelina’s, we made it to the Champs-Élysées. This is such a beautiful, expensive street. It’s sometimes been called la plus belle avenue du monde (the most beautiful in all the world.) I might agree.

champs elysees

Where Marie Antoinette died

And to end on a totally nerdy & a little bit of a downer note, I finally got to the Place de la Concord where the famous beheading of Marie Antoinette & her husband King Louis XVI took place. It started off with a monument to Louis XV but during the revolution and the Reign of Terror, they tore down the monument and erected a guillotine instead.

I have read some history of French royalty and have been to Paris quite a bit but was never able to find particular places. Partially because I didn’t look for them or think ahead of time to look for them. But this time I did! So right in the middle of the Place de la Concord there is this little plaque (above) commemorating it.

Anyway, that’s your history lesson for the day! I’m sure that’s what you were expecting with your morning coffee, right? Well, you’re welcome then! 🙂 I just find it interesting to stand in the exact spot where history took place. Marie Antoinette had her ‘last walk’ right where I was over 300 years ago. Crazy.

Have a happy Thursday! 🙂


6 Responses to A little history lesson this morning

  1. Tricia @ The Domestic Fringe November 7, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Very interesting.

    Your mom is beautiful. You girls look a lot alike. Such fun pictures. I love the one of you kissing the Eiffel Tower.


    • Natalia November 8, 2013 at 3:51 am #

      Thank you! It was a fun trip! I do think my momma is beautiful! Hope that’s a preview for me! 🙂

  2. Sheila November 7, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Fab pics Natalia!
    So many awesome places & events in Europe to see & experience – you really must be there to soak it all in – Europe has fabulous history & North America is such a baby in comparison!
    I have visited France, but not Paris…it is definitely on my bucket list!

    • Natalia November 8, 2013 at 3:52 am #

      Yes, that’s a perfect way to put it – America is such a baby! It’s just so fun to see all the history. I hope you make it to Paris someday, it’s a lovely place!

  3. Lisa November 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    I enjoyed your little bit of history. These are all places and words that are reminiscent of high school French class.

    • Natalia November 8, 2013 at 3:44 am #

      Oh good! It interests me & sometimes I forget it’s not too interesting to others!

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