I would still be giddy with delight.
I have no doubt of how Paris romanced me and won me over....
and for those of you who have visited the City of Lights or have simply dreamed of her from afar you may understand.
The other night was a slow quiet night so my hubby and I indulged in two movies on TV, while we pattered about with work and home cares. Now, we had seen these movies before and even own them: Julie & Julia
Oh, boy...this was not what I needed. Seeing Paris dance before my eyes in the way it won over Julia Child and the whimsy and magic of Amelie, brought back sweet, sweet memories.
|Montmatre photo courtesy of Centrury 21, naw, it's mine, just a bad angle|
Phantom of the Opera,
And as I felt the soft grass beneath me, I found I could barely concentrate of the info. My taste buds were being barraged by the best bread ever (baguettes), REAL butter, flavorful jams, wonderful chocolates, crisp tasty market bought veggies, and creamy cheeses.
I remember hearing my teammates "yumming" themselves silly too, with each new bite. Then the cooling breezes wafting about us, on the sunny summer day, the hum of the visitors in the park chatting, children playing, the distant din of the traffic in the busy city around us....DING DONG! my senses told me, you are truly in PARIS.
|If I could, I would add smell-o-vision to this photo|
2. Have a picnic: as often as possible, take your food to a spot, make it your spot. Grab a suitable grocery/market collection of cheese, sausage, fruit, bread, and juice/water and don't forget a pastry treat.
Feast in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, enjoy your Gyros along the banks of the Seine,
devour an ice cream in the leisure of one of Paris's famous Jardins (gardens/parks),
indulge in a sweet or savory crepe from a street stall (I never had a bad one) whilst sitting on one of Paris pedestrian bridges overlooking the Seine...take it in. My favorite spots: Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc des Buttes Charmont, and Parc Montsouris....my goodness almost anywhere will do, you're in Paris!
3. Enjoy Paris from a rooftop/view: Of course the Eiffel Tower is a must,
the top of L'Arc de Triomphe, the steps of Sacre Coeur cathedral, from the roof of Notre Dame, or even the Cafe top of the dazzling Galleries Lafayette.
Go ahead pinch yourself, you're really there. I pinched myself silly and would do it all over again, aahhh:
4. Wander....here is where the magic is. My first true wandering in a neighborhood was through La Marais, along the narrow cobblestone rues, with artisan shops and quiet cafes, to the lovely and well known Place des Vosges...with its neatly situated open square with trickling fountain.
|Cheesey, cute, cheap and all mine, and yep, I got them in Paris|