Sunday, November 3, 2013

An American Tourist's Snapshots of Paris

Four baby boomer girlfriends embark on a ten day European adventure and discover the land, the life, the people, and the cuisine of France.
Enjoying Paris. The picture was taken in front of the Louvre; the Jarden des Tuileries behind us.
Some pictorial highlights of Paris:
We found the coffee - I personally prefer cafe au lait made with espresso -  a trip highlight. Cafes and restaurants brew individual cups with high-tech machines, the coffee served fresh, smelling wonderful and tasting delightful. 
Beautiful parks like the one above can be found throughout Paris.
The small boats gliding on the lake can be rented at a nearby kiosk. Children run alongside their boat following the craft around the artificial lake, helping the vessel move forward with long poles.
Warm, sunny weather beckons Parisians outdoors  to stroll along streets and parks, linger at outdoor cafe tables, or enjoy the sun in chairs lining the lake (chairs are not bolted down and not stolen!).
The River Seine runs through the heart of Paris.
Tourist boats and local vessels line the banks. Crowds take advantage of walking and biking paths along the riverbank. Vendor stalls and special exhibits add to the mix.
This picture was taken in the gardens at Giverny, Impressionist painter Claude Monet's home outside Paris.  Employees maintain the house and gardens as much as possible exactly as it was when Monet lived and painted in his home studio. 
This is one creation museums and other places here at home should adopt - anyplace people walk around and find themselves in need of a comfortable resting place.
(The item may already have crossed the Atlantic, but I have not seen any.)
This multi-seat round sofa was gratefully discovered in the Musee d'Orsay.
Our favorite cafe.
The Louvre's main entrance and courtyard.
Streets are lined with small shops.
A picture of the Eiffel Tower is a must in any discussion of Paris.
I love this picture taken in a park next to the Tower. Fall is a beautiful season anywhere!