I'm back in my favorite city on earth! I've lost count but it's approaching thirty times that I've been to Paris now, and it never gets old. It is something I never would have dreamed would be part of my life!
I left for Paris last week to have a few days to get over my jetlag before my group of ladies arrived for our adventure, shopping and sightseeing across the city. It's become a tradition for my husband to help me with my luggage on an international flight and take a bon voyage photo. :)
We usually don't approach the airport in Paris from over the city, so it was a treat to get to see it from the air. You can see what a huge city it is! The Eiffel Tower is the best landmark.
It's kind of inconvenient, and thankfully it wasn't raining, when you arrive at the airport and they don't have a gate for your plane, and you have to deplane the old-fashioned way down the steps.
I managed all my suitcases by myself! Three suitcases have my class supplies for Version Scrap where I'll be teaching in a couple weeks here in Paris. I get a lot of funny looks from people!
I dropped off my bags at the hotel and then headed out - my goal is always to stay busy all day and not take a nap so that I'll sleep at night and get used to the new time zone as soon as possible.
I love coming up out of the Metro to beautiful blue skies!
Paris, like much of the world, had a particularly harsh winter, so this beautiful day brought everyone out, enjoying the sunshine together.
I've posted photos and said it before, but Saint Eustache church is my favorite here - I think it is more beautiful that Notre Dame. They have been transforming the area for a while now and it's finally looking much less like a construction zone and just about finished as the new Nelson Mandela park.
From there I walked, instead of taking the Metro, to the area around City Hall or Hotel de Ville - along streets where I'd never walked before. I had to look up what this is... the Fountaine des Innocents.
I found lots of graffiti...
The Tour Saint-Jacques was so pretty with the sun shining through the windows...
My favorite building... Hotel de Ville...
I found the picture of the Fountaine I had just seen on the merry go round....
Yum! My favorite meringues at the beautiful Aux Merveilleux de Fred....
And my favorite onion soup (not French onion soup because we ARE in France!)
I slept in on Saturday so I got to the flea market late and didn't have much time to look before they closed up about noon.
A few interesting things... how about baby Jesus in a walnut??
Roland plays his honky-tonk piano...
and then rolls it away!
From the flea market I headed to the someplace I had never been before - the Jardin des Plantes, one of the large gardens in Paris. I like to visit new places on each trip - I don't think I'll ever run out of things to see!
It's a little early for the park to be too pretty but one cherry tree was covered in opulent blossoms that hung to the ground.
I crawled into the center of the tree under the branches and soaked in the beautiful fragrance of thousands of blossoms and the amazing beauty that surrounded me. I had myself a little "God-moment" as I like to call it, feeling so loved to have this moment.
From there I went to Opera to do a little shopping in that area...
Doesn't it look like heaven is shining down on the angel?
The inside of the Galeries Lafayette department store was as beautiful as ever!
The awesome view from the roof of the store...
The flower covered bunny in the Printemps department store nearby...
Since I had gotten to the flea market late the day before, I decided to head back to it on Sunday.
A crepe, Roland, and sunshine... a perfect combination!
From the flea market, I headed across the city to the elegant Boulevard Haussmann to meet Kathy, one of the ladies who arrived early, to go to the Mary Cassatt exhibit at the Musée Jacquecard-André. This homeless guy was laying along the sidewalk... I usually don't take pictures of the homeless people but this guy was too much - from his beverages to his loaves of bread and no shirt and cowboy hat and one sock on and one off - I wonder what his story is?
I love Mary Cassatt's Impressionist style of art and use of color. No photos were allowed of her paintings and drawings so I don't have any to share.
The museum used to be a home that was very grand and beautiful!
This tapestry filled a wall - a love the pastel colors in it.
The home had a double set of stairways that were gorgeous!
This was the wife's bedroom...
Our adventure was just beginning! The other girls arrived and we all met yesterday to see the city of Paris. I'll be back as soon as I can with more photos. Thank you for following along! Enjoy! xoxo