Paris – What most would say is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I had the pleasure of spending three days in this miraculous city in the fall. Come away with me.
Stepping out of the airport and beginning the journey to navigating our way to the hotel, so much to see. Beginning with the train ride from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the city of Paris. Throughout the hour and a half, passing towns at a time. Beautiful homes, terraces with a story to tell and art in the form of graffiti courtesy of the locals nearby.
Out of the station, trying not walk into traffic while in awe of the melting building at the Guard du Nord. Hop on a bus and navigate through the street-sea of people, scooters, bikes and cars. While waiting on the hotel room to be ready grab a table outside Bistro 21. Have drink and fill your belly.
Later that afternoon all freshened up and ready to explore. Musee d’Orsay, on the way cross over the River Seine and get your first glimpse of the Eifel Tower through the mist and fog. Walking into Musee d’Orsay, in astonishment at the art in this old train station, Van Gogh’s, sculptures. People of young and old in full admiration, being inspired, sketching and painting. Into the ballroom and practice a waltz while imagining a grand ball and orchestra. Transported in time here for hours, what now feels like fleeting moments.
Next day bright eyed and bushy tailed, kicking jet lags butt! Fill up on croissants, coffee and fruit (save some for later) before the day begins. Walk down the narrow streets, get turned around once or twice before finding your way. Stumble upon Jardin des Tuileries, walk through the autumn trees and pass the fountain. Finally see it in all her glory, the Louvre. Short line this morning, straight in to walk along the corridors. Much to see from the furthest end to the other, and finally to find the Mona Lisa.
Cross over Pont du Carrousel, in search of a much needed meal and coffee. Sit down at Les Bistro des Augustins, amazing duck au gratin dish. Magnifique! Along Pont de Arts shopping for anything from post cards to paintings, old books to posters.
Notre Dame- Outside a newlywed bride and groom taking photographs with birds surrounding them like the ending of a romantic movie. Statues of saints line the cathedral. One is particular stands out, St Denis. Somehow there’s beauty in the image of the saint and the story. Inside the cathedral the stained glass lets in subtle light, it is a quiet and peaceful place.
Grab crepes from a food vendor at Champ-de-Mars and have a seat on the lawn. What a meal with such an amazing view of the Eifel Tower, what a perfect day it turned out to be. Making friends seems easy enough in Paris, starting with sharing the crepes with the birds. Turns out there are more bird lovers sitting next nearby, take a group photo in front of the Eifel! Make your way to the top, remember all the amazing sights, people and places you’ve been and never let them go. At the top now watching the sunset and life below as the city starts to glow.
Paris, until next time-