Friends make life wonderful. Friends that live on different contenants than you make life, uh, lonely. After college all of my best friends ended up moving to Europe. I’ve been blessed to be able to visit them a couple of times, the beginning of this year being one of them. My amazing husband found a way to send me for a visit, and for two weeks I got to hang out in some of my favorite places with some of my favorite people.
Ah, Paris. Some have said it’s dirty and over rated. Not this girl. How can a city that is over a thousand years old, dripping with history and art, not draw you in? My best friend and I stayed within 5 min of the Effiel Tower. So this lovely view greeted us each morning and night.
Breakfast was my favorite meal. Art, manifesting itself in pastries, is the best way to begin your day. The open air market of Rue Cler was the haven of our relaxed start. It is here that the Parisians in the district come to buy their daily bread, cheese, wine and flowers. I would have never left if it were up to me.
Napoleon may not have been able to enjoy the Arch he commisioned to be built, but I sure did. I loved how leaving the shutter open for a few seconds gave that awesome blur from the cars. The Tower in the background is pretty fun too.
Notre Dame was most diffeniatly on our stop. I had just finished Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and could barely wait to feast my eyes on the building that had been in my thoughts for so long. The below picture is from the front of the church, looking at the Mary in Rose window. Needless to say, my appetite was not disappointed.