May 20 2010

Honeymooning – Day 1

Published by at 1:19 pm under landscape,sketchbook,travel

Hey, there. Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately. Alison and I took a 16-day honeymoon in Paris and London, and since we got back I’ve been trying to catch up with work, scan all the drawings I did, and go through all the photos we took. Rather than write a novella-length post with hundreds of images, I thought it might be cooler and more reasonable to tell the whole thing on a day-by-day basis, almost as though I were blogging in real-time but with a several-week delay.

We flew out on April 23rd, just as flights were starting to return to normal after the volcanic eruption in Iceland. We landed in Paris early on the morning of the 24th. We had rented an apartment in the Marais area (found on, and arranged for a driver to pick us up at the airport and take us straight to the apartment so we didn’t have to do any navigating in our exhausted state. We got unpacked and then headed out into the city, with the ambition of doing stuff that would keep us awake another ~14 hours until bedtime so we could get ourselves on Paris time as quickly as possible).

Our apartment building had a great stairwell (with a TINY elevator running up the middle of it). It is located very close to the Seine.

Great neighborhood, with tons of charming shops.

Not far away is a humble little place called Notre Dame, which was my first drawing stop.

Drawing of Notre Dame by Gareth Hinds

Then we went to Alison’s favorite Cathedral, St. Chapelle (I should mention that Alison had been to Paris before, but I had not). There was some renovation in progress, which slightly spoiled the full affect, but it’s still beautiful, with a number of quirky details.

Then we headed over to the vast, sprawling art edifice that is The Louvre.

After that we had a lovely dinner and then melted into a puddle of goo.

Tune in for more tomorrow!

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2 Responses to “Honeymooning – Day 1”

  1. Anna Alteron 21 May 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Beautiful pictures and drawings! Paris is one of my very favorite places, reading this post makes me want to go back… we went to St. Chapelle the first day too, so stunning. Glad you guys got your honeymoon at last!

  2. adminon 23 May 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks! Yes, finally — we had to be a bit reckless to do it, because work is crazy for both of us, but we did it!

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