It had been five years since I’d last been in Paris…so you can imagine my exuberant state of mind. Even despite the on and off rain, I strolled and took pleasure in the smallest happenstance, a shop window detail, a new tea emporium, the narrow sidewalks of the Left Bank. Soon I found myself enumerating the many joys of Paris. So now, let me count the ways the “City of Light” (La Ville Lumière) inspires, beguiles, intrigues, and seduces.
The centuries of magisterial architecture, the monuments and statues decorating magnificent Avenues, Squares, and Boulevards spreading uninterrupted over a city that is only 7 miles wide.
Even a subject as utilitarian as a lamp post is given a level of detail and embellishment that lingers in your mind (and on your cell).
The varied bridges (thirty three of the 37 are illuminated at night) that take you quickly from the Right Bank to the Left Bank, over the Seine that cuts through the center of Paris.
The many, many parks (here, a personal favorite, Jardins desTuileries, fronting the Louvre) and flowers, whether in a corner shop or decorating a restaurant.
That magical moment as night comes upon Paris…when “l’heure bleu” (twilight) changes in the wink of an eye and the warm glow of lights enchant.
More cafes and brassereis (and hot chocolate establishments) than one can count…
And oh, those “Paris Moments”…A revered hotel, the iconic Plaza Athenee (where I savored their souffle-like French toast the day before I departed).
A photo shoot in the works…
Any blog on Paris must include a colorful car!
Even Paris enjoys its Halloween salute…ironically to be found in the Place Dauphine, a quiet, charming square at the tip of Ile de la Cite.
And the fascinating “front doors,” in their myriad chic colors. Searching out new ones to add to my photo collection is a favorite pastime when in Paris.
Wishing you a heartwarming Thanksgiving with family and friends…
Feature Image Photo Credit: Norma Thiessen for My Beautiful Paris