I decided that I would wait to do my blog until after my week in Paris. I wanted to devote the week to sightseeing and not spend time with the blog when I could be out and about. So I am writing this blog a few days after I have left Paris, while sitting out on a nice cafe In Chamonix. The sun has set over the west side of the mountains but the east side is still bathed in sunshine and will be for a few more hours. Between mountain watching and people watching, I think this blog will be a hard one to compose. I have selected a bunch of photos to provide commentary about the trip. They are in no specific order but do summarize what we did over the 7 days.
For those of you who are not aware, I invited 3 of my grown children to join me in Paris. I rented an apartment in the 4th Arrondissement, on the right bank of the Seine, near the Ile de la Cite and the Latin Quarter, right in the centre of the city. It was a perfect location, central to all of the Paris attractions and a comfortable place to land after a day of sight seeing. Also, I was able to cook breakfast for all of us a couple of days and allowed us to keep a stocked fridge of this and that so we did not need to be at restaurants quite so much. It was a tiny place and a walk up 4 stories, but A loft over 3 floors and with a large terrace, it was perfect.
The weather was not perfect. It was cold and cloudy and there was lots of rain. That said, the sun did come out a bit and it was not all bad. We did get absolutely soaked going to the wine tasting but the wine made us forget the damp.
I loved the Paris outdoor patios and they were everywhere - bars, cafes and restaurants.
We used the metro a lot. Once you got the idea that there were lines everywhere like spaghetti and you just needed to follow the signs, it was easy to use.
Of course, everyone needs to go to see the Eiffel Tower.
Eric and I stopped to enjoy the view at a cafe that looked toward the Eiffel Tower. I had an expresso. I guess the 5.50 price was because of the view.
Everyone says that the Mona Lisa seems small. I agree, but it is pretty amazing anyway.
We saw a lot of different vehicles in Europe but I liked this one the best. It is so practical.
The painted ceilings were spectacular. I suspect I am going to see a lot more painted ceilings as I tour Europe.
We all enjoyed visiting Marie Antoinette's Domain at Versailles. She had a farm village built for her pleasure and is picture perfect.
We could of spent another 2 days at Versailles and were sad not to have seen more. We did not even get to the Grand Canal, which Eric wanted very badly to explore.
The Orsay museum is inside an old railway station. We saw some spectacular impressionist paintings, including starry Paris.
It is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces (the largest in the world) by such painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguinand Van Gogh.
I most enjoyed seeing the Van Gogh's Starry Night Over The Rhone,
We went to the top of the Mountparnasse Tower and saw the lights of Paris at night. The Eiffel Tower looked spectacular.
The Paris Catacombs are both macabre and fascinating. The bones are so neatly arranged. It is very large and you walk for several kilometers, way underground beneath Paris, inspecting all the tunnels lined with bones, artistically arranged.