First of all, the trip was TOO SHORT. There are no words to describe how much I love this city and three days there was nothing but a tease. I NEED to go back. Yes I do.
Secondly, don't get the idea that I am super-spoiled or rich or something. This trip was free. Yes, free. It was a "training tour" for the trip I am taking to Italy with 33 students. So, I only had to foot the bill for a few meals and spending money. Can't get better than that, right? (Well, better would be more time in Paris...)
Thirdly, there are too many places in the world that I want to see. Just too many. I wish the world would quit being so interesting so I would be content to stay home. Ha!
Okay, here are some pics...
Our hotel room at Noisy le Grand (on the outskirts of the city). It was nice and new, just renovated. It was also very close to the Métro, which made getting around very easy.
We went to the Louvre (for a couple of hours - definitely not enough time). While everyone else crowded around, trying to snap a photo of the Mona Lisa (been there, done that), the OnlyChild and I thought it would be more fun to take photos of people taking photos of the painting.
Obligatory photo by the pyramid inside the carrousel de Louvre.
Behind the Louvre
Three of my favourite things in this window - globes, pigs and books!
We had supper here the first night. I forgot to take a picture of my meal - bœuf bourguignon.
The restaurant was right up the street from the Folies Bergere.
Artsy photo taken by the OnlyChild.
Love locks on the Pont des Artes.
Ferris wheel at the Place de la Concorde.
The OnlyChild and me! At the Eiffel Tower!
Those little cabins on the sides were part of a Christmas market. I went down to take a look but didn't have enough time to really see anything.
French Derby (his Derbelganger?)
And for comparison, the real DerbyDog.
I did remember to take a photo of my lunch at Versailles - Croc provençal.
The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles. It almost looks like we were there alone. Not even close.
Marie Antoinette's bedchamber.
The gardens at Versailles, looking kind of dismal without the flowers and with all the statues covered.
Might as well get a photo here.
I took the OnlyChild to my old stompin' grounds in the Latin Quarter. Here she is eating her Nutella, banana and coconut crêpe (it scored a 5 out of 5 on the rating scale) in front of the door to "my" apartment. I can't believe someone painted graffiti on the door! Horrors!
I also took the OnlyChild to Shakespeare and Company because it was one of my very favourite places to hang out. Wow, it was busy inside that night!
We went to Galleries Lafayette (just so I could show the OnlyChild the stained glass - too expensive to shop there).
My new friend, Penny. This was right before we headed back to the hotel to ring in the new year. I would have liked to stay in Paris (even though fireworks were cancelled) but the OnlyChild had gone back to the hotel earlier because her broken foot was hurting and I couldn't stand to not be with her when the clock struck midnight!
So, that in a nutshell was our whirlwind trip to Paris. Like I said, it was too short, too hurried, but wonderful nonetheless. How could I complain? I was in Paris!
Gotta go back!