Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Paris...

And here she is... After Christmas evening in Fes, Morocco we flew into Paris the day after Christmas and arrived at our hostel around 10:30pm... With anticipation and excitement we made our way up to the Basilique du Sacre Coeur (pictured below). From here you can see all the "sites" of Paris at one of their most beautiful times. Here is my very first view of the tower. Mom & Dad: After our long walk we had our dinner on you at a small little cafe where we were the only guests, under a blanket of candle light, enjoying rich hot chocolate, chocolate moose, hot soup, and a fancy vegetarian pizza...

Basilique du Sacre Coeur

















Here she is, closer the following evening... I have to admit, although she is beautiful, elegantly designed, and my first experience with romanticism as a child, it's not all that I had dreamed of it to be... I think I am changing...








Arch de Triumph + Lauren (who, with her parents were the perfect Paris hosts)






Notre Dame... Although beautiful, I struggled with the idea of "worshiping" in a place filled with such generationaly decided "grandeur" and "significance." I cannot argue with the history or beauty that it carries, but I found myself being more of a tourist than enjoying God and his creation there...







This one is for you mom... When we arrived at the Louvre the line was at a three hour wait to enter in. Therefore, we weren't able to go in, but enjoyed playing in the courtyard...

So, there you have it - Paris in one day, with many hot chocolate stops throughout the day and a great time to spend with Lauren and her family... Thanks mom and dad for the wonderful Christmas gift... we really appreciated it...

4 comments:

Delia Perez said...

Hurray for you Jes, you made it to Paris...even if it was without me. Saaaaright, Jake was a much better choice :)

You are both in my prayers and in my heart!

All my love,
Delia

Indian Lake Papa and Mama said...

Thanks for the Paris update! Hope you are both full of "vim & vigor" for your new adventure. You are in our spoken prayers each evening here in Florida.


Indian Lake Papa & Mama

Anonymous said...

I was trying to leave you a comment under the India entry, but once again am not quite sure how to do this blog thing. Anyway, I am praying for you and inspired by your incarnational ministry there. Please let the people know that I am praying for them too. Thank you for being Jesus' hands to them. Also, wanted to thank you for the scrapbook materials/stickers. My kids love them and have made some cool scrapbooks with them. We missed you at Christmas and I miss you now. I love you.

Sarah

Doug said...

Yeah! You finally made it to Paris! I knew you would do it. :) I miss you and love you sooooo much. (Jake too.) You are both in my heart. The kids are good. We are going to sign Carter up for soccer in the spring and probably get Maya into some swimming lessons. So we are having another boy! He should be coming on 6/15/07. I need help with names so send me some ideas. I am so bummed that I missed your call. Call AGAIN! Feel my love ~~ :) I'm sending it to you! Me