Many memories have flashed to mind in the days since the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November, 2015 and so thought I would share a small slice of “the city of light” I’ve come to know and love.
After exploring Paris with my two sisters two decades earlier I returned for a longer ten night stay in May 2012 and wanting to live like a local rented a small apartment on Rue Gros Caillou a scant few blocks from the Champs de Mars and Eiffel Tower.
The ground floor apartment on the right of the main entrance was my little home for the stay and while perfect for a single traveller the front shutters and windows that opened onto the street allowing mosquitos entry and passersby a look in took some getting used to.
The fashionable 7th arrondissement, or 7er for short, features many monuments such as Napolean’s resting place Les Invalides, Musee Rodin and Musee D’Orsay.
The dome of the Les Invalides is just visible over the garden of Musee Rodin and got me thinking…
These sights while an absolute pleasure to explore on a sunny late May afternoon couldn’t compare to staying in the shadow of the Tour Eiffel and seeing it from dozens of different angles day and night and it was a part of the trip that will stay with me forever it was that memorable.
I purchased a behind-the-scenes tour of the Eiffel Tower to see it from inside and really enjoyed the guided tour not the least for the ability to bypass hours long lines that snaked around the base of the landmark.
There is much more however to Paris than the Tower and purposefully avoided some of the big museums such as the Louvre to instead wander Montmartre, catch an organ practise at Saint-Sulpice in the Latin Quarter, or linger over a croque monsieur a few blocks away in my favorite café, Les Deux Magots.
So many warm memories of warm days have come flooding back from finding a comfortable bench from which to soak up the leafy leisure of a Canal Saint-Martin afternoon
to escaping a sudden downpour in Shakespeare and Co. book store
to wandering the Seine quays for quiet vantage points to capture the beauty of this famous city.
Paris, like New York, London or Tokyo, is a city that deserves to be explored in-depth and on more than one occasion so see my few trips as a good start, an introduction or prelude and very much look forward to finding myself happily lost in her streets one day soon.
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