Yup, lucky me! I just got back from 10 days in London and Paris. I had been to London before (my "little" sis lives there) but never Paris. And, it was just me and my hubby. Jealous yet? Don’t blame you. It was amazing. It was my gift to him for a very special birthday. Gotta love those gifts where you get to enjoy the benefits too.
Anyway, I decided to start things off with my Top 5 things about my now favourite city in the world – Paris. Here goes:
1. The City. Paris is alive! It is so beautiful in a way I can’t describe. You can feel it resonating in the streets. Everything is bustling with people but not like in New York or Toronto. It is not like people are rushing to get somewhere. They are soaking it all in too. One night we got back to our hotel at midnight and people were still strolling. The city never sleeps!
Me at the Arc de Triomphe.
2. The architecture. Spectacular. I was overwhelmed by The Louvre not because of the art (I appreciated it but am not much of a connoisseur) but the building?! Unreal. The Opera House. Notre Dame. Even our little hotel. The curving streets and cafes. We took so many pictures because everywhere we turned was something divine!
Our cute little hotel in St. Germain. Hotel Claude Bernard.
The Louvre. Incredible.
The Opera House. Unbelievable.
3. The shops and cafes. What surprised me was that in North America when we sit out on a patio it is often in the back or away from the crowds. If it is on the street it is sheltered and you are turned away from the people walking by and are facing the people you are with. Not in Paris! In Paris the seats face the sidewalk and they are jammed right up to each other. The purpose is to watch the people. I LOVED this!
Ahh…sipping wine in Paris.
I loved this little shop! This is what I bought:
Very French, no?
4. The Eiffel Tower. Of course I wanted to see it but, to be honest, I didn’t expect too much. After all it is just a building, right? But it was magical. There were thousands of people around. Picnicking at the bottom or waiting (for hours) in line to get up top. We climbed to the second level (OK, we took the elevator to the first level and climbed the rest but believe me, that was more than enough after a day of sightseeing!). Then we watched the sun set over the city and watched all the lights. Awe inspiring.
Words can not describe.
The Eiffel Tower at night.
5. The Streets of Paris. The little nooks and crannies. The winding roads. The street vendors. The energy.
The book vendors.
The restaurants and shops and vendors.