Tu es beau, Paris

Most days, Paris really does smell like a warm croissant — buttery, flaky, rich — and we enjoyed every delicious bite.

In our short time there, we found our way to 22 spots bookmarked by our most Excel-lent guide, Katherine.

Her glorious spreadsheet brought us to nearly every arrondissement in Paris — a slam poetry reading, a gypsy jazz concert, a cooking class, a très chic clothing store, a crepes restaurant, a falafel house

We walked 19 miles our first full day, drank tea on the Champs Elysees, lit a candle in Notre Dame, posed with tourists on the grounds of the Louvre, shared charcuterie and a bottle of wine.

Over and over we crossed the beautiful, swollen Seine River. We took a day trip to Giverny and Versailles, and then spent four hours seeing all that beauty captured on canvas at Le Musee d’Orsay. We toured Victor Hugo’s house, then traced his walking path through Luxembourg Gardens.

We ate a croissant every morning (pistachio was my favorite), and sipped a little wine every evening, tasted escargot, coq a vin and two different kinds of soufflé, and hilariously chatted as well as we could.

“What are you doing here?” asked the timid Norbert, who’d been forced to keep our company when the bar owner barked this at him: Are you afraid of American women? No? Then move over and let these ladies sit with you!

“We’re tourists,” Katherine replied.

“No,” Norbert said. “What are you doing here. There’s an English speaking place right up the road.”

Eventually, poor Norbert warmed up to us.

Our cooking class with the très beaux Chef Eric taught us the fine art of French flirting and how to crack an egg, but that’s a post for another day. I became obsessed with Claude Monet and that’s a post for another day. And, thanks to Katherine’s research, we discovered a young French jazz singer who blew us away and that’s a post for another day.

I snapped a few (hundred) photos. At the risk of making you feel like you’re trapped at a dinner party viewing our vacation slides, I’m sharing a few…

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This is the first picture I took in Paris and it marks the first of at least 100 times we walked across the Seine.
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I like this view of the Seine through a wheel of love locks.
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The Eiffel Tower and a moored river boat.
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The six continents outside Musee d’Orsay.
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Where all the famous writers used to gather…and some still do.
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My girls.
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I didn’t leave a lock, but I did leave a little something on the Locks of Love bridge over the Seine. You are beautiful, Paris.
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Katherine eating an eclair at Versailles.
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Check out the guys trimming the hedges in the gardens at Versailles. Quite a job, no? There are thousands of those hedges.
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You could wander these gardens for days.
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Luxembourg Gardens
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A bridge over the Seine, the 67th time we crossed it.
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The boats remained moored the whole week due to historically high water levels on the Seine.
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The 100th time we crossed the Seine, we saw this gentleman playing the piano in the middle of the bridge.
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Brings the term street musician to a whole new level.
Tres Magnifique!




6 thoughts on “Tu es beau, Paris

  1. Sweet, i love Paris very much too, and it sounds like you did so much of what you can experience there! I am curious about the jazz singer though…
    Have a great day!

  2. When I was there, I attempted French I had learned in High School. I asked someone for directions to the subway. We ended up in a parking garage. I am not sure if it was in what I asked/his interpretation or my understanding his answer! LOL

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