We stayed in the same neighborhood as we did last time (not far from the majestic and impressive Notre Dame). Paris greeted us with sunny skies and and quite a fair amount of summer heat.
We have enjoyed Paris by water and by foot. We have taken in some of the highlights, enjoyed culture, eaten well and not so well. We even managed to meet up with good friends from Stockholm for a drink. I happened to see on FB or Instagram that my friend J was here for the weekend just about as we were to leave. So we managed to get in touch and meet up for drinks just like that on Saturday evening. How cool is not that?
A great way to see and take in the city if you want to give your feet some rest is to hop on the Batobus that has 8 different stops around the city. You get to see and enjoy other views of Paris from the water front. Some of the major sights can easily be seen and reached from a long the Seine river. You buy tickets before you get on for one, two or more days and then you can just hop on and off as much as you like. It is not a guided tour but a great way to get around.
A long the Seine the city is always alive. On the water there are popular dinner cruises, tourist boats, people that live on house boats, large boats that use the river as a means for transporting goods of all kinds. A long the shores of the river people are strolling, having a picknick, studying, going for a run, or just hanging out with friends.
Got to show C around. He got to enjoy some of Paris this time and not just go back and forth between the hotel and the office in the suburbs. We have walked, walked and walked some more. One of the best ways to see and take in Paris is by walking. It is a city that has many different sides and very much to offer. A multicultural city that is great for people watching. There is so much to just observe. You see all kinds of people and all kinds of style. It is elegant, romantic, crowded, touristy, genuine, big, buzzing and vibrant. It offers a great mix and becomes very much what you decide to make out of it.
Bustling and busy. On our way to the Arc de Triomphe. A warm and sticky Saturday with thunder lingering in the air. Saturday was hot but then Sunday was really cool. I had forgotten to pack a jacket so I had to borrow one of C's sweaters. On the other hand the cooler weather made it perfect for walking long distances.
The Eiffel tower in the afternoon haze. It is so much more impressive by close encounter as you are directly below it. There was a long line for the stairs as well this time compared to when I was here on a chilly March midweek day.
Sunday afternoon C had to prepare a presentation so I decided to make a visit on my own to the Maison Europeenne de la Photographic (very long name but a great museum). They had some nice exhibitions going on and it was nice to doge the tourist crowds and long lines. I got my self a little piece of genuine Paris.
Lovely Creperies. The most delicious scent hangs in the air as you pass by.
I keep falling in love with the narrow Parisian streets. The old old stone sidewalks that have gotten uneven with time and the old buildings that have gotten kind of crooked and tilt in various angles. The balconies lined with pretty flowers and the old beautiful street lights.
My morning view from our hotel room. We even had a little ledge of a balcony to step out on. What a thrill to wake up to this and get to greet the city good morning with this view. Paris stretched out in all it's splendor by my feet.
These picture are just so much Paris to me. The mopeds used by so many to be able to get around and avoid getting stuck in traffic. Pretty and old buildings with classical French balconies and flowers. Roof top terraces. It is a big city but small in other aspects. Living is expensive and living quarters and small many times. Both hotels we have stayed at have had very tiny rooms. You have to be able to squeeze into small spaces in Paris. Small elevators, small showers, small hotel rooms where there is just enough space for you, a bed and your luggage.
We have eaten well and not so well. Saturday I had made reservations which we decided to cancel as we wanted to meet up with our friends instead. We ended up at a place that the hotel had recommendations for. It did not turn out so great. Sunday we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the seafood restaurant we went to last time. Sundays can be a bit tricky as many places are closed. We wanted to make sure we did get something really nice after the kind of disaster dinner Saturday. I had this salmon tartar as a starter and C got the oysters. I actually discovered this time that I like oysters.
I love that Paris even if it is a big city has many green and shady parks to relax and enjoy. The Jardin du Luxenburg is a wonderful place.
A perfect spot to relax and escape the busy pace and hectic street life. A cool shady place, a spa for your senses.
Paris is full of small and pretty shops to get lost in or just to take in as you pass by.
I don't quite know what these hens are but I thought they looked cute and funny.
Fresh markes of every kind can be found here. Love that! Seafood, cheese, meat, bread, flowers, you name it.