France

Paris, Dijon, and Burgundy

Paris

My first trip to France was thanks to the wonderful occasion of my sister-in-laws wedding in Burgundy. We made the most of it by spending some time in Paris and seeing the sights to check off the list. The flight over, despite being sleepless, was fairly uneventful save for the 30 seconds of random severe turbulence causing a wine incident.

The first stop after dropping our bags off and getting some lunch was strolling over to the Eiffel Tower and finding some shade in the nearly 100 degree heat.

Perfect summer colors at the Eiffel Tower

After some more slow strolling and catnapping around the Grand Palais and Louvre we made it back to our hotel for a much needed shower and break. That evening we struggled to stay awake but still made it to Montparnasse tower that has some incredible views over the city.

View of the cemetary from the top of the Montparnasse tower

  1. Paris blue hour from Montparnasse tower

The next morning it was time to visit the Paris underworld in the catacombs...

  1. Look back in time
  2. Skull and crossbones ha ha...

and a barrel of bones

Back in the light, we found our way through the subway system to Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre.

Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre

  1. Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre

After some wedding present shopping I found that the over the top Galeries Lafayette were nearby.

  1. The chic Galeries Lafayette with lots of high end stores

With an incredible pizza & cocktail dinner done (including getting an Aperol spritz that everyone was ordering) I went back to the Louvre for some night shots.

  1. The sparkling Louvre
  1. Musée d'Orsay across the Seine

Staying so close to the Musée d'Orsay we felt a little obliged to go check it out on our last morning in Paris with the time we had left. The museum used to be a train station and has some incredible interiors and artwork of course!

  1. Inside Musée d'Orsay
  1. Keeping time at Musée d'Orsay

Dijon

Between a nice dinner the night we got in and a courthouse wedding the next morning we didn't get much of a chance to see Dijon, but there was some nice evening light from our hotel room.

Backstreets of Dijon

Burgandy and Vougeot

The wedding ceremony was a little further south and before hand we got to do some wine tasting at Château de Meursault and explore the region a tiny bit.

The cellars at Château de Meursault

  1. Vineyards around Château du Clos de Vougeot
  1. Château du Clos de Vougeot
  1. Quaint houses in Gilly

Château de Gilly

  1. Roadside nestled villages

After the lovely wedding we had to find our way back to the states and responsibilities. The path back was much less than direct but that's a story for another day...

  1. Coasting out of France
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