Deep sigh as I slump back in my chair. Paris was a whirlwind of activity and beauty. What a wonderful city; what a wonderful trip!
But first… no, I did not do any fabric shopping. Remember, my darlings, this was a vacation. The only day I might have had time was Sunday, and the only store in Paris which I might be inclined to visit, Janssens et Janssens, was closed. So the fates decreed that this was a fabric-free trip!
What did I do? Museums! Food! Wine! Café au lait! Walking! Champagne! More walking! Snoop shopping! Even more walking!
Yeah, well, enough of my jawboning; let’s look at some pretty pictures.
We got to our hotel long before they were ready for us, so we used the bathroom to freshen up, got some café, and took the Metro into Paris. First stop was the Musée Dorsay. So beautiful!!! I didn’t take any pictures in the museum, but we did stop at the Seine across the street to get some pictures of the river and the Key Bridge
As we were taking this picture, a young Chinese tourist behind us had his wallet snatched by a pickpocket who disappeared down into the Metro stop. There was an article in the WSJ recently talking about how pickpockets in Paris are targeting Chinese nationals, and unfortunately, that appears to be true.
We had lunch at Angelina which is world renowned for its Chocolat Chaud accompanied by Mont Blanc (I refuse to take pictures of my food, but it was all delicious). Three people told me I had to go there. It was wonderful! After lunch, we walked along the rue Faubourg St. Honoré. Thank goodness, the stores were closed, otherwise I could easily have spent my kids’ college tuitions.
These windows were selling the shoes…
For dinner that night, DH and I decided to go for it, and we made reservations on a Bateau Mouche. Touristy? Sure. But who knows when we will be back in Paris, right?
If you are in Paris in the not too distant future, there are a couple of things to know. First is that the Ritz is closed for renovations for about a year, so no fulfilling those Hemingway fantasies of having a drink at the bar. Second, the Plaza Athenée just closed this Wednesday. During Fashion Week! What is up with that?
I have lots of pictures from days two and three of my trip, but I’m going cross-eyed with jet lag, so I’ll save them until later. Pleasant dreams and,