I know, I know, you have been dying to hear about my Paris adventure! I just have had a lot of trips all at once and didn’t get a chance to share before now. Clearly, I had a wonderful time! And yes the Tour Eiffel was smaller this time – my last visit was when I was 11 years old with my Mom and sisters. I actually climbed to the first two platforms in the pouring rain and would have gone to the top by foot had it been allowed. What an incredible experience!
I stayed at a lovely hotel in full view and an easy stroll of the Arc de Triomphe. That has got to be the craziest traffic circle I’ve ever witnessed (save for maybe one or two in Rome!). I walked everywhere, what an amazing treat. I’ve forgotten how confining it is to be stuck in a car constantly. The Café culture was alive and well with many opportunities for a glass of bubbly or coffee and a ringside seat for some great people watching.
I even managed a much longed-for trip to the Paris Flea Markets, and well worth the visit. I had no idea that such a wealth of not only antiquities, but just collectibles would await me! From original Art Deco dining and lighting fixtures to country French farmhouse tables and armoires, to travel posters and postcards, and vintage clothing, the markets have it all.
Of course, no Paris visit would be complete without the museums. I strolled the Champs Elysees to arrive at the Louvre, and have to confess I was more intrigued by the glass and metal pyramid addition (previously only experienced in books) than the actual museum contents. What a stunning entrance statement, juxtaposing the ultra traditional architecture against a shape as old as the pyramids but as new as today with the glass and metal. I also got to the Musee D’Orsy and was tickled to find a couple of great grandfathers drawings on display. No escaping family!
Live Well and Beautifully,