Nov 12, 2013

travel tuesday // floating on the seine

It's Tuesday again . . . and that means it's Travel Time! 
{I am reminiscing Home Improvement's Tool Time with that one}
Today I will be sharing about the fun day touring Paris upon the BatoBus,
which is a hop-on, hop-off boat tour within the heart of Paris that stops
at eight different iconic spots, including Eiffel Tour, Louvre, + Notre Dame.

Here are some snippets of our day on the Seine.
The Louvre! We got there when doors opened + this was perfect for getting to the must-sees (like Mona Lisa) before the museum was packed like sardines 

 Winged Victory
My dad doing the Mona Lisa pose
 The museum crew (aunt, uncles, parents, and sister)
 The Coronation of Napoleon
 Napoleon's Apartments

 We spent more than four (!) hours in the Louvre and hardly touched the vast amount of exhibits. 
It was hard to please everyone since we all view art differently. I like a balance of quality vs quantity and will go through exhibits quickly but stop at ones that grasp my attention and spend as much time as needed to experience that specific art piece. My mom would have liked to stop at each of the paintings and attempt to read the French-written descriptions of everything in the Louvre. And then there is my dad who repeatedly said "They're staties. Once you've seen one, you've seen them all". Ah, you're killing me dad! For his credit, he really did enjoy the paintings. So you see, it is hard to please everyone and it got a bit chaotic towards the end when we realized there was still so much to see and so little time, but I think we all enjoyed it in the end.
 We soon embarked on the BatoBus and floated along the Seine as we rested our weary feet from a long morning in the Louvre
 And of coarse, we caught sight of this beauty yet again. It never gets old.
 We ended up meeting up with more family from both sides of my parent's families.
 My mom's side (left) and my dad's side (right)
 We spent a few hours alone, just us four, which was so relaxing after a fun, but busy, day with so many relatives. It was great to see my parents get excited about the Eiffel Tour.
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Next Tuesday I am sharing some of our nighttime photos on the BatoBus, so stay tuned! 


  1. I def think it's hard to go to museums in a group as some people get bored/finish looking at things quicker and then you feel rushed. Did you find how strange it was that the Mona Lisa was so small?! Maybe it was just me that thought it was larger haha

  2. Your trip was amazing! I love reading all these posts about it. (Although, they have me yearning to travel to Europe again!)

  3. i want you to know that my mouth literally opened at those first few pictures.
    GOSH so beautiful!

  4. The Notre Dame is at it's most beautiful when viewed from the river....sigh.... : )

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