Jacquelynne Steves

Our Trip to Paris!! Part I

I can hardly believe that we’ve been back from our trip for over a month now. People are still asking me, “How was you trip?”, and for a second I ask myself- What trip?? How quickly we slip back into our normal lives!

While in Paris, we did all of the “tourist-y” stuff- I mean, you have to, right?? It did not disappoint. We loved the city of Paris… how old and beautiful everything is, and all of the attention to detail- from the ornate buildings to the magnificent cathedrals to the desserts & chocolates which are incredible little works of art! And of course, there is the actual art- we had a chance to visit the Louvre Museum, which is huge. We only saw a small part of it, but managed to see the Mona Lisa and Venus De Milo statue, among other very famous works. And of course, you can’t visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower– again, the details are magnificent, and getting to see it up close is incredible. We even took the elevator to the top. (Did you know that the engineer who designed it, Gustav Eiffel, had an apartment at the very top where he stayed with his daughter? I have to admit that being up there made my fear of heights kick in! But my husband loved it.)






We saw the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees- my husband climbed up, but I chose to stay on the ground and do some people watching (much more enjoyable, I think!)





The Avenue des Champs-Elysees is a very fancy-schmancy shopping street full of designer stores, like Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss. The clothing in the windows was beautiful- again, so perfectly designed and constructed, like works of art. (And did you notice that the skirt of this dress is quilted??)










We saw many brides taking advantage of the Paris scenery for their wedding portraits. Wouldn’t you love to have your bridal photo taken in front of the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame??


We saw the outside only of the Moulin Rouge– to be honest, not that impressive. And it’s in a very “interesting” part of town (read: full of shops that are not at all “family” friendly.)


We visited Notre Dame Cathedral. We visited lots of cathedrals and churches in Europe, and in all of them the detail is truly amazing and breathtaking. I think about the craftsmen who might have spent years carving a single door, or making a single stained-glass window. Notre Dame took about 200 years to build. The craftsmen who worked on these buildings knew that they would never see the completed building, and yet they had the dedication to work on them anyway. It would be impossible to put a price tag on a building constructed like that today- imagine the labor costs alone, not to mention the material.


I read a story once about a man who created a beautifully detailed sculpture that would would sit behind a wall of a great church, where no one would see it. When asked why he did it, he replied, “Because God sees it.” Oh that we would have hearts that want to create simply because it makes God happy! That we would do whatever it is we do- raise children, work as nurses or teaches or engineers, sing in the choir- just to please Him….

I have more photos of Paris to share on another day. Be honest- are you getting tired of them?? I don’t want to be like the relative who invites everyone over and then forces them to watch hours of their vacation slides, haha. There was just so much to see… I was planning on posting photos of our chocolate & pastry tour next. What do you think??

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  • Posted November 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    I was poor when pregnant with my first child. Every time I got a new dress made, I outgrew another one. With winter approaching and only cotton fabric to work with, I quilted the skirt of that maternity dress to keep out the cold. What goes around, comes around!

    PS: Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Yes, show us the chocolate!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:18 am | Permalink

      Right, Libby- there’s nothing new about quilted skirts, is there? There’s nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes! I bet your quilted dress kept you very cozy :)

  • Sarah
    Posted November 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Yes please let’s have some more photos. France is so well known for it’s baking, as well as the buildings you have shown us, that no trip to Paris would be complete without pastries and chocolates. What’s more for those of us who haven’t had the joy of trying such yumminess first hand we can longingly gaze upon your photos and just imagine what those lovely sweet temptations would taste like!!!! Cheers, Sarah.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      Sarah- everything was almost (ALMOST!!) too pretty to eat!

  • Judy
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Yes, more pictures please I would love to see the pastry and chocolate.

  • Lynn Mc
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    I never get sick of seeing Paris.
    So much to see and experience there.

  • Rebecca
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Yes more pictures please. This is going down memory lane for me I was in Paris last year for the first time but only got to spend the day there. Thank you for sharing

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

      We spent 3 days, and we’d love to go back and see so much more!

  • Ginny
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Yes please more pics of Paris, and you say CHOCOLATE, PLEASE, show these wonderful goodys. I’m so glad you had a wonderful time. I’ve never been, so I’m so enjoying them. You did a great job.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      Thanks Ginny – I wish I could have posted ALL of our photos, but there’s not enough space on the internet, ha ha.

  • Connie
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I so want to see the chocolate and pastry pics!!!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      Well, there are A LOT of those photos! Stay tuned :)

  • Anonymous
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Love Paris. Would love to go back! Thanks for wonderful photos!

  • Judy
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for photos of Paris.

  • Joyce Anderson
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    I love seeing the pictures of your trip. Europe is so interesting, and seeing the old cathedrals is hard to describe; their bakery items are a work of art too. Please continue sharing. Thanks!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 6, 2014 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      And it’s so interesting that the countries are so close together, and yet each one is so different!

  • Posted November 19, 2014 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Love how you mention about the relatives’ photos etc. Even living in Paris, I love seeing your shots and the collages are beautiful. Just as well you went up the Eiffel Tower when you did, since the top floor will be closed in January for a while. I’m sure you would be jumping up and down for joy, though! ;-)

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 20, 2014 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      Jill- we’ve ALL had to endure other people’s vacation photos, right?? But at least on a blog you can click away- unlike having dinner with Aunt Gertie and Uncle George and being help captive while they bring out the photo albums, yes?!?
      The top of the Eiffel Tower wasn’t too bad- just so long as I didn’t stand right at the window!

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