Tuesday, July 8, 2014

It is my birthday.

It is my birthday today.  Son and Daughter-in-Law are coming over and we are all going out for my birthday meal.  Not sure what will come afterwards but I know I am going to enjoy my day with my family.

I have a cazillion photos to share from our trip in Europe and we will be in Paris for a couple of more posts.  I loved this city though I have to say the traffic scared me a little.  Going around the roundabouts were spent with my eyes closed most of the time.  Fortunately I wasn't driving!  It was exciting, scary and adventurous to navigate through the city, all at the same time.  Like any city driving I am sure you get used to it, and I can't wait to get back as there was so much more I would like to have seen.  

The following photo shows the statue of Charlemagne et Ses Leydes.  Forever curious about the things I come across, I looked him up.  I had heard the name over the years but really did not know too much of his history.  Charlemagne was the Frankish king who conquered most of Europe and was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III in the year 800.  I read that today he is regarded not only as the founding father of both French and German monarchies, but also as the father of Europe.  His empire united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Romans, and the Carolingian renaissance encouraged the formation of a common European identity.  You can read more about him here.

This interesting contraption is one of the tourist cycles where you can hop up onto the back seat and the rider will give you a tour of the city or drop you off from point A to point B, like a taxi.  It is the first one I have seen with this kind of cover.

I fell in love with the rooftops of Paris.  This was the view from our hotel window.  We looked down onto a narrow lane and early in the morning I watched people going to their jobs.  I am a nosy parker, what can I say?

The following photos were taken on the hotel roof where there was a restaurant.  It was a grey day but looking towards the Eiffel Tower I had to pinch myself. 

No, we didn't get to the top as we ran out of time but as I have often said, you have to leave something out to see anew the next time you visit.

Another beautiful statue and by this time the skies had cleared and were a beautiful blue.

More to come but it is time to get ready so that I can start my birthday.  Hope you all have a great day.