I had never been to Paris, and frankly have heard some awful things about it, so it was never at the top of my bucket list of places to see. However, after a long weekend there, I have seen the light…the City of Lights! And now I’m a believer!
It’s BIG. Everything seemed so BIG, especially after living in Rome, which is relatively small. The boulevards, the palaces, the parks, the Metro which goes absolutely everywhere in the city. WOW!
We stayed at the Le Meridien, about a 15 minute walk from the Arc de Troimphe, in the northwest part of the city. The metro was just a block away. Paris is a wonderful city to walk around in and we did, for days, all over. Down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees to the Louvre. All around Montmontre and through Sacre Couer which sits high up on a hill overlooking the city. We visited the Nortre Dame Cathedral. We listened to great jazz at the club at our hotel. I saw the Sorbonne.
The food was oh, so French. Crusty, amazing bread. The best mussels I’ve every had. Sweet, rich french onion soup. Duck. Froie Gras. Perfectly crisp french fries. Pain au chocolat. And the people were lovely. Kind, helpful. No more rude than the Italians, or we Americans can be sometimes.
I also visited the Pompidou Centre, and saw an amazing exhibit of Salvador Dali’s work. I’ll post those photos separately. There’s so much to see and do in sweet “Pari”, I can’t wait until the next time.