We’ve been back for a few weeks now and I’m still finding it hard to write about Paris. The thing is that when I think about our trip and this everything and anything city, I get quite overwhelmed – in a good way though.
I’ll think about being in Notre Dame during mass, then about ogling every too-pretty-to-eat pastry in every window, the pair of cute leather shoes I didn’t buy (boo!), the video installation about a deserted coastal town now inhabited by seals, and then I’ll have a flash back of stepping in my first French dog poop and being strangely cool about it...
Or I’ll be thinking about the rooftop views from our rented apartment in Le Marais, Parisians making the most of lunch-time in the Tuilleries gardens (photo above) and then joining them, getting vrot out of breath on all the stairs in Montmartre, then about spending our left over loose euros on macaroons at the airport (on our way back) and eating them for breakfast – by myself...
So choosing some photos for this post has been tricky. But I’ve narrowed it down to some of my fave touristy memories from our holiday and I’m going to post them now before this write-up becomes a novel. Here they are!
Like true tourists, we took big camera and iPhone photos of the Eiffel Tower, but this is my top pick out of Our Amazingly Extensive Album of Eiffel Tower Images. My best memory related to this Paris icon is watching amateur models posing in front of it at sunset while we ate crêpes loaded with Nutella and waited for the tower’s lights to come on.
Even if you don’t want to look at modern art, the Pompidou Centre with its high-tech inside-on-the-outside architecture is worth a visit. One of the floors was closed when we were there (disappointing!), but we did see some awesome things like this installation by Hans-Peter Feldmann. In the outside area people paint, do performances, eat lunch or catch some rays when the weather allows, I guess...
Vintage toys in a tiny shop called La Tortue Electrique at 5 rue Frédéric Sauton. A happy place!
The 19th century Arcades were other places that made my nostalgic heart smile. There are a few arcades and they feature cool little shops selling anything from toys and art to books and postcards. Plus there are some cool restaurants too. For more on the Arcades, check out this New York Times write-up.
‘Paparazzi’ for the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. Uhmmm, this was actually my best thing from the Louvre - sorry!
Visiting Maison La Roche which was designed by Le Corbusier, one of the pioneers of modern architecture, was just wow. It’s so minimalistic and considered that you almost can’t believe it was built in the 1920s. The blue slip-overs were mandatory – yes, you can’t just step on a Le Corbusier floor with your who-knows-where-they-have-been shoes (good idea for people stepping in dog poop – see above).
Housed in a former railway station, the Musée d'Orsay was my favourite art museum in Paris. The collections include works from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. You weren't allowed to take photos but I snuck in a few and this is one of them.
At Squat 59 Rivoli various artists have their studios. It’s open to the public, so you can see the artists in action and talk to them about their work. Some of the stuff was amazing – and although Robin thought it was quite hippy, I loved it! The mural was one of the landings.
I took this photo with the iPhone while waiting for Robin to take photos of the Paris view from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre. These ladies were downstairs at a fountain, taking turns posing. I loved the colours and the moment even though my shot is quite blurry.
I loved the street seating and the little tables all over the show in Paris. This place wasn’t in a particularly touristy area, which made it even better. I also posted some other Paris photies on Instagram if you want to have a look!
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Loved your pics!!