A Little More Paris

The day after my delicious French dinner in great company was all about getting to Sacré Coeur because travel buddy Jess was set on seeing it. No objections from me though because it really is a beautiful cathedral.

However, we did need to get a little fruit breakfast in us, so we first checked out one of France’s infamous produce/street markets. Fruit was eaten, earrings were bought and a new “friend” was made

Why hello there Mrs. Potato Head – fancy finding you amongst all those fella potatoes (;

Sunflowers are my favorite (:

Showing off how good their melons are

Jessica’s new friend. He saw me taking pictures of the stalls and wanted his picture taken with Jess

Love all of it!

It is France after all…

We spent a decent amount of time taking in the Cathedral. From the inside to the outside and all the views around it.

Too funny to not take a picture

After touring around the cathedral I bought a local band’s cd “Les Presteej” – I was smitten when listening to them playing on the side of Cathedral. They were pretty great and now they are forever a part of my music collection. Let’s not talk about how I don’t understand anything that they are singing about in French, but I feel that I am more cultured just by listening to it and maybe one day the language won’t frighten me anymore.

Les Presteej (not my video, but am thankful someone else uploaded a video of them)

The Carousel in Montmarte

Then it was off to take a glimpse of Moulin Rouge – interesting stop over. Along the way I got a Pain Au Chocolat (just for you Whitney and your continuous search throughout Illinois for one). Besides I think it is a cardinal sin to go to Paris and not have one.

Jess and I finally made it back to Notre Dame for about the 10th time but THIS time we actually went inside. Definitely worth the trip halfway across town for it. I still stand by my opinion that the outside (specifically the sides with all the gargoyles) is the best feature of the cathedral, but I still got some good shots of inside the cathedral.

Your neck hurts from craning it to see all of the details

Stain Glass

My favorite picture from inside Notre Dame

Of course I requested we stroll the exterior once more so that I could get a few more shots of the amazing gargoyles! Get there before they are all weathered away – they are incredible. I will blame my parents for the weird gargoyle obsession since we have one at our house.

The challenge is in the hunt for a gargoyle still in good condition – this guy was a top finisher

These guys made carrying around my telescopic lens worth it

The backside of Notre Dame with the Garden

One last photo of Notre Dame

By then our hours were dwindling before we were to board our flight to Lisbon – the next recap of my travels – stay tuned!



Memphis Photo Gallery

My trip to Memphis was all in all great with many memories – I highly recommend Memphis as a city to tour – plenty to do to keep you busy! During the day I volunteered at Community Gardens throughout Memphis and at night my group and I checked out the sights, sounds and tastes! Many nights were spent down on Beale St. eating BBQ, listening to live music and going on a trolley ride. We stayed right on the Mississippi River that was at the end of a river walk, making for a leisurely walk along it to get to downtown Memphis. And of course no visit to Memphis is complete without visiting Graceland and the National Civil Rights Museum (:

Sun Studio where Elvis Recorded

Graceland Tickets

Graceland Mansion

Living Room

Dinning Room

Pool Room (my favorite in the Mansion)

Grave of Elvis

The Pink Cadillac

The landscapers at Graceland used and still use John Deere Equipment – Nothing Runs like a Deere

The Motel where MLK was assassinated – now a part of the National Civil Rights Museum

A permanent wreath to mark the spot

How great is this?!?!

View of the Mississippi River

Old and Quaint Neighborhood

A house along the River Walk that overlooks the Mississippi River

A door that I absolutely love


View of New Bridge from the River Walk

Bridge on the River Walk that goes over Beale St. that I ran in the mornings

Trolley Station

Purple Trolley

Beale St. in the daytime

Bailey a long haired dachshund that belonged to one of the carriage drivers

One of the many awesome signs on Beale St.

The Bar that inspired the infamous movie

Live Band that we listened to while eating Memphis BBQ

Awesome Creole Restaurant on Beale St. that we got Beignets from

Fried Pickles that some of the others got that I tried – the dipping sauce made these super delicious

Order of Beignets that I split with two other gals – these were utterly amazing!

The promoter of the restaurant!

The whole group on Beale St. at night

Angelus St. Garden – one of the sites we volunteered at

Cheering our lunch of watermelon quarters!

Watermelon quarters all gone – done without any cutlery..quite the task!

Jumping on my pitchfork!

Some of the beds were raised to be wheelchair accessible

Everything we harvested at Angelus

The whole group at Angelus St. Garden

Get Well/New Will Community Garden – we worked on clearing out all of the grass, aka weeds

Wheelbarrow rides for fun!

Frog Friend!