Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paris

 “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of life”
― Thomas Jefferson 

Eiffel Tower at night. Paris, France

Paris was our first destination of our summer Europe trip. It was the best way to start our adventure with mornings at cafes, long walks, lots of wine, delicious food, many baguettes and of course touring the quintessential Parisian landmarks.

We wanted to see and do everything and eat as much as possible but we also wanted to have plenty of time just to wander, stroll and enjoy in the city.

Going from the Eiffel tower to Île de la Cité was our first walk together in the city and although is a long walk, it was the perfect welcome to city because we were walking together in Paris: the romance capital of the world.  We started our trip in the epicenter of Paris, in the isle where the city was started. We went to Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, which has the finest stained glass my eyes have ever seen.  This tour was not complete without an ice cream at Berthillon and our first dossis of cheese and wine at Cafe Saint Régis at Île Saint-Louis.

We stayed in the 7th and loved it! From our visit to the garden of the Invalides and the tomb of Napoleon, to Rue cler, an adorable pedestrian street that has bakeries, cheese shops, flowers, cafes and of course the fact that we were so close to the Eiffel tower and be able to see it every day was magical.  We found many good cafes just around the corner like Café du Marche and Le Petit Cler.

We loved Saint-Germain-de-Prés! Is a neighborhood blessed with energy and the atmosphere of the university district.  As a center of bookstores, churches and historic cafes it was impossible to be disappointed.   We strolled at the Luxembourg gardens and found chairs near the main fountain and lounged in the sun.  And of course as Hemingway and Picasso did, we went to "Deux Magots" and enjoyed some drinks at the terrace on a sunny day.  We were so in love that we came back to Café de Flore.

More about our trip: Paris in 5 days

Marifer pointing towards the Eiffel tower. David reading a Paris guide in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

David in front of the Eiffel tower

Sainte-Chapelle. Details Vitrail Mur Sud

Berthillon ice cream cone.Notre-Dame. Stained glass window.


Cheese plate from St. Regis Cafe on Ile St Louis.

Les Invalides - The dome over the tomb of NapoleonMarifer at the garden of Les Invalides

Drinks at "Les deux magots".Le Petit Cler. Rue Cler
Marifer at the fountain in front of the Luxembourg Palace.

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