Sunday, January 22, 2006

Why I love Paris

It's as if I never saw Paris back in 1975 when I studied abroad at age 18. I didn't connect with the city much in those 3 days on my whirlwind scouring of Europe and its history in 8 weeks. I recall chasing along the Champs Elysees in a caravan of minibuses and eating spaghetti at a cafe, of all things. Not stellar Paris memories.

So my visit with my sister Nan in 1997 just after our mother died with Alzheimer's -- a sort of gift to ourselves after the strain of caregiving -- felt like the first time. Our hotel was just a couple of blocks from the Tuilleries gardens. So we'd find rest by the fountains there at the end of a long day of walking the city, the sun setting behind the Arc de Triomphe.

Three more visits since then have confirmed what many people feel: There is much to love about Paris. Here are my top 10:

1. Pain aux raisins
2. Pont Neuf
3. The Van Gogh room in the Orsay Museum
4. Picasso Museum
5. Shakespeare & Co. bookstore
6. Walking on Ile Ste Louis
7. A concert in Ste. Chapelle
8. The sycamores on the Seine
9. Laduree tea salon
10. Erhart's Mary Magdalene statue in the Louvre

The fountain photo was taken by my sister Ginnie ("Boots") on one of our trips.


Ruth said...

Can someone -- Boots? -- tell me how to situate photos at various places in the blog post, not just at the top??

Ginnie said...

Well, it looks like you're finding out, Ruth--just to drag a photo wherever you want it to be, as far as what line, that is. And of course, blogger will let you left-,right- or center-align. I've learned some tricks and you'll learn others, I'm sure. We'll help each other as we go along. How fun.

I love your memories of Paris. And I love that we're in them somewhere along the line :)

Ginnie said...

Ruth, when you have a word/s (like Shakespeare & Co) that you have a link to, highlight that word/s and then click on the "link" icon in your edit page, and paste the URL there of your link. Ask me if that doesn't make sense.

Ruth said...

Thank you for the help. I had tried dragging a photo before and gave up. But this time it worked!

I'll try the link thing also, you read my mind!

Note that I changed this post a bit, including your MM photo and the 10 faves! :)

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