Paris Love...

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

What can I say... Paris was an unbelievably beautiful city, one that's definitely not without it's edgy corners!  I could spend so much time here wandering and dreaming of what it might have felt like in centuries past.  I'm sure it had it's edgyness still then and it's beauty. I felt so much history as I walked the streets and there were things I couldn't keep my eyes off of! I loved every minute of it!  From the sunsets to the river Seine.  it's a true classic...

It was always my intention to head overseas with a bit of humility, my helpful dictionary of translated words and my carefully practiced and pronounced “Bonjour”!  I can definitely say that I didn’t experience anything too negative.  Teller machines around were abundant, transportation was amazing, I got help from workers when I couldn’t get my metro tickets to work, and everyone after realizing I spoke English, was very helpful, even the bartender who got me and my son the barbecue sauce we loved when getting take out.  I avoided the scammers, except for one incident which was kind of like a welcome to paris…(watch your pockets)!

There was an abundance of groceries and little markets selling honey and veggies.  Little cafes everywhere, a few of which I was brave enough to try.  I used my “sil vu plaits” and my “la addicions” whenever possible.  I knew enough French to get by.  I probably ate too many macarons… and the crepes will be in my dreams until I return!  They, along with the coffee, were magnificent!

The Louvre 

The Louvre 

IMG_6599.JPG
Louvre 

Louvre 

Palais Garnier 

Palais Garnier 

Grand Palais 

Grand Palais 

Veraill

Veraill

Versailles Hall of mirrors 

Versailles Hall of mirrors 

Yes the Versailles Palace was that packed!  It was a Friday so I should have expected that but I enjoyed it anyway!  There was so much beauty to see! 

Versailles is definitely worth a visit and something meant for an entire day!  I was in complete awe of its exuberance!  The queens quarters where closed for renovations so I only got to see the apartments that were in that same area!  The queen had her side with apartments for family and servants and the king had his side!  I could only imagine the dreamy place that it was then, they were in their own world so disassociated with the things around them!  

I took so many photos, maybe close to 500 or so, but I wanted to share a few!  I'm a total photog in beautiful cities and places!  

Traveling for me is almost like tasting a new food; you have to enjoy it for what it is! You have to let the culture soak in, welcome the unexpected and afterwards always smile. 

The experience is the treasure…

I’m already planning a new adventure for next year, a longer one, across Italy and a few other places.   

Take care...