You will probably say that being French, and Parisian myself, I am biased about this city. But to me, Paris is one of the most beautiful place in the world. It is so majectic with its enormous, yet gorgeous monuments that i cannot help being amazed at the beautiful scenery everytime I come to visit. I love Paris not just for its beauty, but for its electricity. The city stays alive 24 hours a day, with people walking everywhere, and running to catch a cab, or a bus. When I come to Paris, I generally come with my children for a week so we have times to walk around and enjoy our favorite places. My children love to go to La Villette, the city of science ( which is an interactive educational center for children and adults), to the Champs Elysees,
to Le Musee D’orsay for its impressionsist painters, to Notre Dame for its Gargoyles, and to La Duree on the Champs Elysees for its macarons. We love to walk on ” Les Quais de la Seine”, and sit at cafes watching people walk by. We love to window shop. I find it very expensive to shop in France since the exchange rate is very seldom in our favors.
This time around, our visit with my friends was much shorter so we had to decide what to see. In two days, it was a race to see the most and I am proud to say that we did quite well. I was able to show all they wished to see. Yeah!!!!
Among the many things we did, the Eiffel Tower was our first stop. We went to the top of course to see the whole Paris. If you have the chance to go, I advise you to go up to see. It is breathtaking! Then after that, ride one of those ancient carousel. It is so so much fun!
We also went to the Notre Dame on sunday during the morning service. It was so neat to be there to listen to the service in French. It brought me back to my childhood:-). We then went on to l’Ile de Paris, and window shop in les rues du vieux Paris. You will find the best souvenirs and presents there.
After that we walked on les quais de Paris on the left bank to look at les Bouquinistes ( people who sell second hand books and posters). I purchased several old posters of French Food Ads to display in my basement. I was so happy of my find!!!
Another place we went to was Sacre Coeur, and old Montmartre. We walked to la place du Tertre to see the artists of various countries painting, singing and offering all kind of crafts. Whoah it was so crowded. If you go, I advise not to go on the week-end because Parisian like to wonder around too which makes the place very very busy… When we went there, they also had a festival of Perigord ( region of France in the South West) so we were able to see what food or spirits were typical of the region. We could even sample. How neat that was for my fellow friends:-)
One of our stop of course was Les Galleries Lafayette. One cannot go to Paris without stopping in this shopping center, if only to look around.It is so grand. And its glass ceiling so sublime!
Another stop was Le Moulin Rouge. One of my friend wanted to go see the dancing presented in the movie with Nicole Kidman. I had been already. It is fun, but think twice about going. It is very expensive.If you do decide to go, do not buy the show with the meal. It makes it more expensive and the food is only average. But do go for the show. If brings you back in time. And it is a great cabaret.
Well, I could go on and on about our visit of Paris but my entry will be endless so I will leave you here until next time. I hope that I, nevertheless, gave you the envy to come to my native city to visit!!!!
A bientot mes amis….