Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Paris For Real: Weddings and Pigeons

When London Sister first suggested Paris as a possible destination for our weekend break I was ever so slightly underwhelmed despite never having set foot in France in my entire life - not even to Lourdes or Calais. I'm not sure why this was but perhaps it might have been that I had seen so much of the city in films that I was under the impression I'd already been there. But that turned out to be the most exciting thing. For, like London and (I suspect) New York, Paris seems terribly familiar and yet, like London, it is even more exciting to see it for real. And now that I've been there and come home again I cannot wait to return.

On the Saturday we bought 3-day Metro tickets and headed to the Place de la Concorde and the Jardin des Tuileries. The weather was delightful, sunny, balmy, Spring at least three weeks ahead of Ireland. We checked out the Louvre but it was far too lovely a day to hang about in queues and then be indoors. The Louvre isn't going away. Another time.

Just wandering around, taking in the sights, walking by the Seine, enjoying Spring. That was enough for me. In the afternoon we went to La promenade plantée, which is an elevated planted area follows an old  railway line. We walked its entire length for LS and I are both very keen on gardens and plants. Over 30,000 steps we walked that day. Tired and happy. That evening we dined well in the Quartier Pigalle and later that night we were asleep before our heads touched our pillows. A great day indeed.

Everywhere there were brides having their photographs taken, on the Seine, by the Seine, by churches beside the Seine. 

Next: A very unfortunate incident on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.


Brighid said...

This is sooo good to read, I too would be into the gardens, as well as architecture. Was it crowded? I don't do crowds well. Can't wait for the next chapter!

Nelly said...

Wasn't too crowded. It is a spacious city.

Grannymar said...

Nelly, you make me hungry to go back again. I have happy memories of Paris.

Susannah said...

How nice to be able to "hop" over to Paris! I really loved La Promenade Plantée as well. Did you have a chance to windowshop the stores below it? Très chi-chi :) Intrigued by the teaser..many things could happen on the Champs-Élysées.

Nelly said...

Yes we windowshopped the shops below the promenade. If there was walking to done, we did it!