I know, I know, Paris? The French? Oh but it’s the feel, the streets, café’s, shops. I once spent three hours in the Louvre café simply watching people and listening.
Shopping and lunch in the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann with its beautiful ceiling and, believe it or not, unisex bathrooms! No, it perfectly delicate as the doors are tight (no gaps) and from ceiling to floor. Everyone has privacy. We could start designing ours that way! Then no long lines for us ladies.
I always go to Versailles and wander through the halls and particularly the gardens.
Notre Dame is another return visit. Just sitting in the pew and long looks at each stained glass window is well worth the trip into Paris. If you do go please take care and be wary on the walks around the site as pickpockets abound there.
Another great visit is the Pompidou Museum where you can viit “The Scream.” I love it. I’ve had days like this!
Lastly I’d heard so very often that the French are not friendly. Not true. There are no more friendly or unfriendly than any city full of tourists. I was in a shopping mall one visit and the only shopkeeper in a lingerie store and she could not speak English. She motioned for me to wait, left the store with me alone in it and returned with someone who translated for us. I’ve had people go out of their way many times to help me.
Also in the evening I’ve given a taxi driver a bunch of euros and said, “Please show me some of the favorite spots.” And I get the best tour. One driver took us directly under the Eiffel Tower! And up to La Basilique du Sacré Cœur.
In any event Paris is memorable. February is a good time to go as it is not all that cold, there are few tourists, and flights or less costly. If you haven’t been there give’m a try.
Very soon I’ll share a portion of Chapter One of All My Friends Said He was a Jerk, but I Married Him Anyway: A Dating Guide.
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