These are photos from Natalia and I's honeymoon (part I) in Paris, Brussels, Bruges, and
Amsterdam.

Paris first


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We started our honeymoon in Paris, flying there via Montreal. After a long trip in, and multiple trains
from Charles de Gaulle airport, we arrived at the area where our hotel was, near the Eiffel Tower.
As the first photo I took on our honeymoon, it seemed appropriate to be of the Eiffel Tower.


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The hotel we stayed at is called Le Walt . It was located
in the best possible place for us to explore the city from. It also had an excellent breakfast in
a cute little outdoor terrace and they made mean cafe au lait (Natalia liked this). Like most hotels
in Paris, it wasn't a huge room, but it was large by Paris standards and we had our own bathroom.


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This was another highlight of the location of the hotel. Two doors down and Natalia found her
first patisserie and the one that made the best almond croissants.


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Natalia and I's first attempt at a couple photo at the Eiffel Tower.


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The right answer is simply to ask someone to take it for you.


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Natalia from under the Eiffel Tower.


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When we got back from our first session of touring, I had arranged to have some nice flowers brought in
to say "Happy Honeymoon" to my new wife. She quite appreciated them.


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A better shot of the flowers.


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Natalia with the Musee d'Armee behind her. We were really close to les Invalides (metro Ecole Militaire)
so it made it really easy to simply walk almost everywhere.


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One of my favourite bridges in Paris, le Pont Alexandre III with Natalia posing. I love the
gold on the top of the bridge. The kicker is that there's gold just about everywhere on the
public buildings. Notice that the posts are high enough to discourage people chipping it off
to make themselves gold teeth or whatever else though.


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Natalia with the musee d'Orsay and the Seine behind her. I love her shirt that she's wearing here too.


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We had someone take this for us looking back at the musee d'Orsay.


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Natalia has the Obelisque de la Place de la Concorde (from the temple of Luxor)
in her hand. Contrary to most Egyptian artifacts all over Europe, this 3300 year old
one was actually given to the French by the Egyptian government.


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On Natalia's 'to-see' list was this candy store called Pierre Herme. They had macarons that were
like $4 each. However, we did try a few of them.


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Here is Natalia with her treats.


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Photo of Napoleon's column in the Place Vendome in the 1st arrondissement. Apparently, the
bronze used came from other European countries' cannons in the battle of Austerlitz.


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Really pretty hotel in the 1st Arrondissement.


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Another stop on Natalia's tour of Paris was Repetto, the shoe company that makes ballet
slippers and Natalia's "magic" shoes.


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Look at the wall of ballet slippers on the right.


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Natalia in front of the side entrance to the Palais Garnier


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The front of the Palais Garnier. Natalia did some serious shopping inside les Galeries Lafayette, behind
the Palais Garnier, Paris' opera house.


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A chain of pastry shops are named after me.


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Me, in my namesake patisserie having a slurpee.


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Natalia in front of the Louvre. Natalia was more interested in pastry shops than spending the
two hours in line to get into the Louvre, so we skipped it.

Inside the Musee d'Orsay


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The musee d'Orsay is my favourite museum in Paris. Here is Whistler's Mother .


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I took a bunch of other photos too of other paintings, but I thought I'd just do a summary of some of the
"big" ones. This is one of Van Gogh's self portraits - in St Remy - Reference to more van Gogh .

More Eiffel Tower poses


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Natalia in a pretty sun dress I bought for her in Waterloo.


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We had some random couple take this photo too.


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Natalia from the first level of the Eiffel Tower. You can see the ugly tour Montparnasse here.


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Natalia looking out onto Paris.


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Natalia and I from the Eiffel Tower.


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Natalia looking up.


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Natalia on the second level of the Eiffel Tower.


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Natalia's favourite part about walking up the stairs to the Eiffel Tower - the ice cream at the top!


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Our rings and the Eiffel Tower. Apparently, we're married or something now. :)


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Along the banks of the Seine.


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A Bugatti outside a fancy hotel on le rue George V.


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Natalia and the Arc de Triomphe.


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I tried to frame her inside the arch.


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Stopped at another 'Paul', this time on le Champs Elysees.


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I took this for my friend Jason Leuschen, who loves pigeons. Dude, this is so close the 'The Birds',
I don't know what to say.

Video of the Birds



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Natalia wanted to go see this shoe designer in Paris. This is a "shoe wheel" at the front of his
shop. Did I mention he sells shoes for 4900 Euro??? Seriously. Some people definitely caught the
short end of the stick if they think that's good value.


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Natalia in the ridiculous shoe shop.


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After shopping on ridiculous street, we took a walk through the Tuileries and found a "bonbonniere"
inside a little fair. Look at the look on Natalia's face. Do you think she's excited? It's about
now that it's useful to note that our honeymoon was subtitled - "Beer, bakery, biking, and bonbons."
Paris was mostly about bakeries and bonbons.


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I took this photo for Eric Lynn since he likes guns. Eric, this guy was just chilling out being a
security guard and felt the need to carry this kind of heat.


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We next took a tour to l'Ile de la Cite and l'Ile Saint Louis. This is the Conciergerie from Pont Neuf.
I love buildings with turrets.


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I found this pub on ile Saint-Louis. I thought it was awesome. There were no real Canadian beers
on tap though, so I'm not sure what the gig was there.


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This is apparently the second best ice cream in the world - Berthillon. It was pretty good, I might add
but that was only because I've recently become addicted to salted caramel courtesy of my friend Alex
Goldhammer, who took Natalia and I to a sweet place in the Mission in San Fran.


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Me, eating dinner at Brasserie ile Saint Louis. I love choucroute and these guys loaded up on the meat
and sauerkraut. Too awesome. This is also my first beer picture of the trip.

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