Chàteau de Versailles & Love Locks in Paris

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We were able to take a very short trip over to the Palace of Versailles during our Paris trip.  We took the train (RER C-line to the Rive Gauche station), which was only about a 30 minute journey. We also met a very nice family from California that also took the train over and we enjoyed chatting with them while we waited for tickets and to get into the Palace.

There are so many impressive things to see while touring one of the most famous world heritage sights.  The architecture, artwork, and the gardens are truly an experience you will never forget.  The gardens were absolutely stunning and I had no idea how massive the grounds would be.  We were not able to see much of the Palace and gardens as we only had about two hours left to explore before we needed to head to the airport for our trip back to Finland.  We spent about an hour inside the Palace and then an hour in the gardens.  We were told when we purchased our tickets that you would need a good six hours at the property to see everything, so we decided to rent the golf cart that is offered when you first exit the Palace and enter the gardens.  It cost us 30 euros for one hour.  It was worth it since we were so pressed on time.  We were able to do a nice drive around most of the property, but we were not able to really get off the cart to explore into some of the sections, but did manage to get off a couple of times to get a few shots.

Here are a few photos from the 2 hours that we spent at the Palace of Versailles:

Mia and I at the front of the Palace of Versailles.

Mia and I at the front of the Palace of Versailles.

Mia and I at the Hall of Mirrors inside the Palace.

Mia and I at the Hall of Mirrors inside the Palace.

The Ballroom inside the Palace.

The Stunning Great Hall Ballroom inside the Palace.

Versailles Ballroom Fresco

Versailles Great Hall Ballroom.

Palace of Versailles Hallway.

Hallway at the Palace of Versailles.

One of the many impressive painted ceilings at Versailles.

One of the many impressive painted ceilings at Versailles.

Mia and I enjoying the beautiful gardens.

Mia and I enjoying the beautiful gardens.

The stunning Apollo Fountain.

The stunning Apollo Fountain.

Mia and her daddy having fun at the gardens.

Mia and her daddy having fun at the gardens.

Mia and I in front of the peaceful Grand Canal.

Mia and I in front of the peaceful Grand Canal.

The Palace in front of us and our family in the golf cart at the end of our garden tour.

The Palace in front of us and our family in the mirror on the golf cart at the end of our garden tour.

Mia having fun on the golf cart while touring the gardens.

Mia having fun on the golf cart while touring the gardens.

Love Locks in Paris:

We decided to visit a bridge in Paris (Pont des Arts) one evening before sunset which has thousands of love locks attached to it.  These love locks are locked onto the railing of the bridge usually with the lovers names on them and then the keys are tossed into the Seine River so that no one can ever unlock their love.  I know that some may say that these locks are not attractive on the bridges.  However, I thought there was something so amazingly beautiful about them.  It is truly breathtaking to see the thousands of love locks attached to the railing.  Talk about really feeling the emotions of being in the City of Love!  We decided to make a family love lock  so that no one could ever unlock the love that our family shares.  Here are a few photos from our experience on the Pont des Arts bridge:

So breathtaking… thousands of love locks on one part of the Pont des Arts bridge.

So breathtaking… thousands of love locks on one part of the Pont des Arts bridge.

Our family love lock.

Our family love lock.

Mia and I in front of the love locks.

Mia and I in front of the love locks.

Our family love lock on the bridge!

Our family love lock on the bridge. One of thousands… but very special to our hearts!

 

I will end this post with a sunset photo that I took from the plane as we were leaving Paris and on our way back to Finland.  There is something about it that I just find so peaceful and it is a perfect shot to end our first trip to Paris.

The sunset from the plane as we were leaving Paris.

The sunset from the plane as we were leaving Paris.

 

 

 

Bonjour from The City of Love: Paris, France

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Mia at our hotel with a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower in the background.

Mia at our hotel with a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower in the background.  We really enjoyed exploring and falling in love with “The City of Love!”

It has been some time since my last post here on my blog.  Honestly, I’m not sure where the time has gone! We seem to be busier and busier as we are getting settled in. We enjoyed seeing our first snowfall here in Finland this past weekend.  I have also been meeting many moms from all over the world from Mia’s school and have been learning a lot about Finland as well as working on a few projects here.  We have managed to pick up a few Finnish words here and there as well since Mia is learning Finnish in school!

My family and I really enjoyed our first trip to Paris.  We didn’t have much time to explore on this trip, but we did manage to see a few of the must sees mostly in the late afternoons/evenings.  Once again, there were so many things that I wanted to take a photo of!  Paris was a little overwhelming, but so exciting all at the same time!   Overall, I thought Paris was a very beautiful city and it was nice to finally see the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa in person!  Here are a few photos from our adventure:

Mia and I in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Mia and I in front of the Eiffel Tower.

We made it to the top of the Eiffel Tower (The Sommet). It was breathtaking!

We made it to the top of the Eiffel Tower one beautiful evening. It was breathtaking and it even rained some in true Paris style!

I am finally planning the trip at the very last minute... on a double decker bus!

I am finally planning the trip at the very last minute… on a double decker bus! Oh boy, where to start? So much to see in Paris!

Mia and I taking a nice break at The Musée du Louvre.

Mia and I taking a nice break at The Musée du Louvre.

Mia and her daddy at the beautiful Arc de Triomphe.

Mia and her daddy at the beautiful Arc de Triomphe.

The Mona Lisa

We were very excited to be able to take the journey into the famous Musée du Louvre to see the Mona Lisa in person and all of the other amazing artwork in this stunning museum.  We just wish we had more time to explore a little longer.  It was so massive and overwhelming that you would need an entire day to really get a good glimpse of all of the beautiful pieces on display.   Here are a few photos from our experience seeing the Mona Lisa for the first time:

Leonardo de Vinci's Mona Lisa portrait at the Louvre.  The most famous work of art in the world....

Leonardo de Vinci’s Mona Lisa portrait at the Louvre. The most famous work of art in the world.  There is just something about her… Truly stunning!

Mia and I really enjoyed seeing the Mona Lisa in person!

Mia and I really enjoyed seeing the Mona Lisa in person!

The crowd trying to get a shot of the Mona Lisa.  It was an amazing experience!

The crowd trying to get a shot of the Mona Lisa. It was an amazing experience!

Please click on the images in the gallery below to see a larger view:

Mia and I in front of Rodin's "The Thinker"

Mia and I in front of  “The Thinker” by sculptor Auguste Rodin

One of the most stunning sculptures: Rodin's The Gates of Hell.

One of the most stunning sculptures by Rodin: The Gates of Hell.

I will do one more post from Paris which will include images of the love locks and the beautiful Chateau de Versailles. I will end this post with two beautiful sunsets that I was lucky to get shots of.  The first one is at The Louvre – we were a little lost and ended up walking past it again at just the right time.  The last one is of the beautiful Eiffel Tower.

Sunset at the Musée du Louvre.

Sunset at the Musée du Louvre.

Sunset at the Eiffel Tower.

Sunset at the Eiffel Tower.

We can now mark Paris, France off our Red Pin Adventure Travel Bucket List:

Paris, France

Au revoir from la ville de l’amour! ♥