|London-> Tower of London, by ole William the Conqueror who fought quite a few battles|
so he could gain some extra land.
|Paris-> Versailles. Louis XIV was such a prick building this huge palace and the gardens just cause he fancied the big and the expensive. Granted, he did introduce ballet to the world, so he did do some good stuff. The palace is fabulous though.|
|Paris-> gardens at Versailles.|
|Paris-> Dee hangin out in the Versailles gardens|
|Paris-> La Sainte-Chapelle by Louis. This was|
oh so fabulous. Stained glass that looked like lace
|A close up for ya. Louis you may be stuck up, but you can build a CHAPEL.|
It only took 5 years to build as well. Huh.
Rome was super for all its churches- many even older than the ones in England. Several we went to while there were founded in the 100-300 AD range- freakin archaic. Italian churches were quite a bit different than in England… they had such colored and ornate floors whereas the ones in England just had tombs all over but made up for it with fabulous gothic ceilings.
|Venice-> beautiful floor mosaic in the church Santa Maria e San Donato|
on the island of Murano (home of famous Venetian blown glass).
The churches were very cool in Rome, and it’s a good thing, cause otherwise I think Rome woulda been a bust, horrible enough to say. It was really dirty, and 80% of the men on the street were dirty too--creeps trying to “pinch our bums” as Ken indeed warned me about! And the cobblestones! Those things are brutal on your feet, all uneven with who knows how many invisible-till-you-trip-on-em crevices. But the churches? Fabulous.
|Rome-> cobblestones. Right hazardous, I'd say. You can see the Colosseum|
peekin out at the end of the walkway there.
Paris I think was my favorite. It was sophisticated and classy and oh so European (everybody so stylish and always having baguettes and croissants) but was still obviously a city where people truly lived. There were schools and chic office buildings and guys in suits on the metro. It was way cool to be in a place that so fit the picture in my head of Europe and was actually a place where people thrived. As opposed to Rome where it was so dirty and seemed a bit too ancient with all the churches built in only the generation or two after the time of Jesus Christ. Venice was just a dream world, so quiet with no cars and not a school or a pharmacy or business buildings or anything else that spoke of people besides tourists in sight.
Paris, I could live in, no problem. None at all.