Let's Go to Paris!

November 12, 2018

Paris was, in a word, fantastique!

I’ve been to Paris before, but it was always a brief stop on my way someplace else. This time, I spent 12 full days exploring what the city has to offer.

It wasn’t nearly long enough.

Paris is huge, noisy, busy, a city layered with history and culture—and while I was there, a city of brilliant blue skies and mellow light that glowingly illuminated the stone buildings. We had nearly perfect weather, and I can’t help wondering if my impressions would have been different if it had been cold and gray. I feel lucky to have seen Paris at her fall best—lit up by the sun, the trees just beginning to change, with blooming flowers everywhere. Oh, I miss it.

Today I’ll share just a few photos and impressions, because I’m still sorting through my journal and photos (and thoughts). I feel like someone picked me up, shook me vigorously, and returned me to earth, everything still whirling around inside my head. Paris feels like a million years ago, even though it’s only been a little more than a month (already?) since we touched down at Charles de Gaulle airport.

The adventure begins

Laure Ferlita, of The Imaginary Realm and Painted Thoughts blog, and I flew to Paris a few days before her watercolor workshop started. A third friend (hi, Claire!) joined us, and we rented an apartment through Airbnb for the days before we met the rest of the group. That worked beautifully for us, and our apartment host was outstanding (hi, Helen!). If you will be spending more than a few days in Paris, renting an apartment is a fun option. It’s generally cheaper than a Paris hotel, and you get more of a flavor of what it’s like to live in Paris.

Some highlights from our first days included:

The most delicious savory crepe I’ve ever tasted from a little restaurant we randomly chose on our way to the metro station our first morning. It was good, but is there anything as delicious as your first hot meal and cup of coffee when you’ve traveled to a new place and you’re really hungry?

Exploring Rue Cler, a popular market street.  We enjoyed people watching as much as we enjoyed the shops and restaurants. I spent a bundle on tea at Mariage Freres. I’m drinking a cup of Paris Earl Grey as I type this. A highlight for me was a cup of coffee, a buffalo mozzarella flatbread pizza, and sketching at Café Central.

Everywhere we walked, we came upon architecture and details that caught our eyes:

In addition to the larger and more famous parks like the Luxembourg Gardens or the Tuileries, pretty little parks are everywhere—pockets of quiet green-ness in a noisy world:

And, of course, many boulangeries and patisseries where we snapped photos and sampled the baked goods. Heaven!

The adventure will continue...

Stay tuned for more photos and posts about my favorite places in Paris, as well as in our second location, Le Vieux Couvent in Frayssinet. 

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  1. Oh, how wonderful and happy!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing it...You were lucky to have nice weather, but I suspect you would have been happy there in any weather!!

    1. It was sooo wonderful--made even more so by the beautiful weather. I suspect we would have enjoyed it anyway, but it certainly didn't hurt to have blue skies and sunshine rather than rain and gray clouds!

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip so much. I wish I could have been there with you. It sounds wonderful. I look forward to reading about the rest of your trip.

    1. I sure wish you were with us, too, Cheryl. It was such an amazing trip!

  3. Dear Kathy - your pictures of Paris are beautiful. I am so glad to hear that the weather was gorgeous. Always think about Paris in April but obviously it is a beautiful city all year long. Will be looking forward to seeing more of your trip. Now about those pastries...I am sure they would have been a favorite of mine. Take care friend...still keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Losing someone dear is never easy. Hugs!

    1. The food was all so delicious! And fall was a great time to visit. Apparently April can be cold and rainy!