Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paris

First things first..... These are some pictures of the 2 1/2 days we spent in Paris.  What can I say? Paris is everything it was imagined to be.  THIS is a city that actually lives up to it's hype.   Beautiful, ancient, modern, stylish.


This is Notre Dame.  It was beautiful on a bright, brisk day.  Did we go in? No.  The lines were 1000's deep with the overflow of the lines waiting on a football field set of bleachers.  It was the 850th anniversary of the cathedral.  850. Imagine.  No hunchbacks were spotted. There weren't any obsessed policemen searching for escaped bread thieves either, I am happy to report.  About 100 yards away from where I took this photo is the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore.  The oldest book store in Paris.  It was a tiny labyrinth of stone paved rooms stacked floor to ceiling with books. Almost all in English. It is definitely a tourist destination, and a great one.
Just around the corner from this (okay, around several maze like streets and lanes and cul de sacs) is the famous quilt shop of Paris - Le Rouvray
It was tiny, perfect, and completely French.  

You could walk for days in the Latin Quarter where all the above are.  You probably WOULD walk for days if you didn't have a map or helpful Parisians to direct you.  I will have to re-watch Midnight In Paris - the recent movie about magical happenings in this lovely city.  If I remember correctly - all the magic happened while getting lost in the Latin Quarter.  It was charming.  Bring a compass.

More later,

Laurie

10 comments:

Vicky said...

J'adore Paris! It sounds like you had fun!!

Pam P said...

Welcome back!! Your photos of Paris are just beautiful - and Notre Dame cathedral - Wow! Hope to hear lots more about your trip :)

Carrie said...

Welcome home! The pictures are beautiful - I'm so happy you had what looks to be glorious weather. :)

Susan W said...

OhLala!

woolwoman said...

So exciting to see a few photos and hear a few details - can't wait for more ! Melody

mascanlon said...

Just these photos alone tell us how wonderful your trip was, gorgeous!

Christelle said...

That's funny it's my daughter favorite bookstore... she is a student in Paris always hanging out in the Quartier latin.
I like also Montmartre a lot....
How is the jetlag?

PamKittyMorning said...

I'm glad you had fun. We did get in to Notre Damme and it was lovely. Of course not on a fancy anniversary. Didn't see the quilt shop, too early in the day. Did you ride the boat on the Seine. Probably my fav thing ever.

Anonymous said...

I've been to the fabric store and the place is totally charming, as is the owner. Delightful!

jette said...

Le Rouvray was closed when I was there in August 2008. So I only got to look through the windows.

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