So… I’m just a liiiiiiiitle overdue in posting these, but here they are finally, some of our honeymoon pictures from Paris. Adrienne and I got married last April and spent a week and a half in the City of Light and had a wonderful time. It rained constantly while we were there, but we still were able to get out and do a lot and take in as much of the city as we could. I got some snaps along the way, hope you enjoy them.
We went to the Champs-Élysées and L'Arc de Triomphe on another very windy and rainy day. So much so that on top of the Arc, our umbrella broke and almost flew out of my hand completely. We did get some macarons from Ladurée, though, so it wasn't all bad!
After a quick trip to Berlin to hang out with the Haslers, we came back to much more tolerable weather and made the most of it right away, venturing out on a boat tour of the Seine.
It's basically impossible to take a bad photo of the Eiffel Tower.
No matter what you do, it's going to turn out pretty cool. This one's a little blurry in spots, but the sky popped so much, I left it in. Hey, I'm a video guy, what do you want from me?
These are the love padlocks on Pont des Arts. Lovers put a padlock on the bridge and toss the keys into the river as a sign of never-ending love. No, we didn't do it. Yes, I kinda regret it.
We later headed to the Eiffel Tower and took the obligatory tourist shots. We did not, however, go up the tower as the line was eternal.
Later on, we headed to the Loire Valley for a tour of wine country we set up with a tour service we found online. Randomly enough, we were with two couples that also live in the DC area. First stop was a goat farm where they make cheese and other spreadable things.
When you smack two year-old pieces of cheese together, this is what happens. The particles you see in the air are mold spores. Yep, you just eat moldy old goat cheese. It's actually way more mild than the fresher cheese. Not to mention, furry is a texture you so rarely get in your foods!
We got to walk around the town of Sancerre a bit and learn about the wine making that goes on there. If you see a Sancerre bottle of wine somewhere, this is where it comes from.
This is Jean-Yves Delaporte of Domaine Vincent Delaporte, one of the wineries we visited. What he's pulling from the oak barrels and the steel vats here are our samples. It was pretty cool tasting wine that hadn't even been bottled yet. This guy's stuff is fantastic and can actually be found around DC.
Towards the end of the trip, we went up to Montmartre ("The mountain of the martyr") and visited La Basilique du Sacré-Cœur ("The Basilica of the Sacred Heart"). The top of this church is the highest point in the city. We climbed all 300 steps to get to the dome!
Nearby, the famous Moulin Rouge! Also nearby, a dude that tried to steal a bunch of stuff from a store that was getting punched by the shopkeeper. And some weird sex museum or something (we didn't visit). Moral of the story, Moulin Rouge is in kind of a weird area.
All in all, despite the weather, Paris was amazing. Would love to go back some day.