Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Returning to a few favorite spots in Paris - Part One

First - a little background on this post and those that will follow.  A fellow Francophile and I recently chatted about our favorite things about Paris.  It's easy to go on-line and find the perfect itineraries for your first trip to Paris, or the perfect itineraries for 3 days in Paris, etc.  All excellent.  But we were having a terrific time narrowing it down to a favorite small garden, a favorite place for a cup of coffee or a favorite place to just sit.  Usually it was a particular memory attached that made each place special to us.  And so, as it often happens, I decided to write a little about some of my favorite things in Paris.  Jouir!

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Yes, yes, yes, I know.  

I remind you of those friends and family members who invited you over so they could share vacation pictures and highlights.

And then set up the projector to flash hundreds and hundreds of slides up on the wall so you could enjoy each and every minute of memories of their trip along with them.

And it WAS fun for the first hundred slides or so . . . 


Welcome to Kaye's version of that vacation slide show.

And it's never ending.

This, in fact, is Part 1 of a several posts I'll be doing highlighting the places in Paris that have special significance to us that we plan on re-visiting.

I know.

I get it.

So this is where you can fix a drink, pull up a kitchen chair and join me, 

or move along.  It's okay . . .

Believe me - I get it.

I haven't traveled as extensively as I would like but it seems whenever Donald and I sit down to talk about "the next trip,' we end up back  in Paris.

I've been across a good bit of the United States, Hawaii (twice), Greece, Amsterdam (many times) and Paris (a few times, not enough).  

Places we still want to go include Italy, Spain and Ireland.  

ONE of these days . . . 

But in the meantime, yes, we're going back to Paris (I may have mentioned it a time or two).  But this trip is the trip I've dreamed of and Donald was more than agreeable when I brought it up.  A river trip down The Seine.

So, in addition to exploring more of France this trip, there are spots in Paris that we fell in love with that are on the list to re-visit.  Because, who knows, this could be our last trip to Paris.  If we want to see more of the world, we need to get busy 'cause we're not getting any younger!

At the top of the list is a visit with one of my favorite works of art, ever.

Ours Blanc (White Bear) by François Pompon

We bumped into this regal creature when we stepped into a small cafe in the downstairs of the Musee d'Orsay and were immediately smitten.

I don't know if that's where he's still hanging out, or if he's meandered off to another part of the museaum, but we're planning on tracking him down to say "hey."

The Musee d'Orsay, in addition to being home to many world famous works of art, is a spectacular work of art in and of itself.  A gorgeous Beaux Arts building which was once a railway station.

When we visited we were looking forward to seeing and photographing "The Clock"

Sadly, we weren't able to because that area of the museum was under construction.

Happily, we'll be able to see (and photograph) it this trip.

And even have a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine while admiring it.

It's now the focal point of the newest d'Orsay restaurant - Cafe Campana


If you enjoyed this little snippet about some of what I love about Paris, stay tuned - there's more to come.

j'espère que vous reviendrez