Place Vendôme

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    • Day 11

      Paris Tag 2

      July 20, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Nachdem ich gestern so müde war (und vielleicht auch, weil ich jetzt zum ersten Mal auf dieser Reise ein Zimmer für mich alleine habe), habe ich heute wieder etwas länger geschlafen. Sobald ich wach war und gefrühstückt hatte gings aber auf zum Louvre, wo ich dann mehr als 3 Stunden verbracht habe. Die verschiedenen Ausstellungen waren sehr interessant, aber die Größe des Museums und die Menge an Dingen, die ich mir hätte anschauen können, war etwas überfordernd. Am Besten haben mir die afrikanischen Skulpturen und die verschiedenen bemalten Keramikobjekte aus der islamischen Sammlung gefallen.

      Nach dem Mittagessen gings dann auf die Dachterrasse der Galeries Lafayette, die mir Ollie empfohlen hatte. Der Ausblick von dort oben war hervorragend und ich konnte einen großen Teil der Stadt bewundern. :) Danach bin ich zum Triumphbogen gefahren. Hinein bin ich aber nicht gegangen, weil die Schlange sehr sehr lang war. Von dort aus gings dann noch zum Eiffelturm, den ich bis dahin nur von der aus Dachterrasse gesehen hatte. Nachdem ich ihn von einem Aussichtspunkt gesehen hatte und ein bisschen im Park vor dem Eiffelturm gesessen bin, habe ich mich wieder auf den Weg in die Wohnung gemacht, dort was gekocht und mir noch einen entspannten Abend gemacht.
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    • Day 10

      Flâner dans Paris

      July 29, 2023 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Another day wandering the streets of Paris:
      Place Vendôme
      Musée du Louvre
      Le Centre Pompidou
      Musée des Archives Nationales
      Place de la Bastille
      Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
      Hôtel de ville de Paris

    • Day 12

      Day 12: Paris, France

      July 18, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Today we had a later start than we would have liked. It feels like we've been traveling for weeks and our bodies are tired and losing stamina. The sun didn't set in Scotland until 10:20 and it rose at 4:45 so we feel like zombies in the morning. Now that we're in Paris with AC, blackout curtains, and a comfortable bed, all we want to do is sleep, but we want to see everything, too. The good thing is that everything is closer in Paris than it was in London. Paris may be sprawling, but the main attractions and neighborhoods (or arrondissements) are incredibly close and the metro stops are very close together if you need to use them at all. Some other differences between the metro and tube is that the tube was used by everyone (businessmen, tourists, locals) where the metro seems to mainly be poorer to average locals and some tourists. Paris' boulevards are much wider (thanks to Napoleon) and therefore driving is possible where in London it was not. Today we walked to Ile de la Cite where Paris began in the 50s AD. It's a fairly small island in the middle of the Seine next to Ile de St. Louis. On the Cite there are several iconic places including St. Chapelle church (didn't tour), Conciergerie (where it was first a palace then a prison especially during the French Revolution where Marie Antoinette stayed) and of course Notre Dame. Notre Dame is the most visited monument in France (that's what the brochure said) and is stunning with it's 2 towers, rose windows, flying buttresses, and is the best example of gothic architecture standing. We took some pictures, but with the heat and long line, we decided we'd try early another morning. We walked across the bridge to the Latin Quarter (oldest quarter with iconic Haussmannian architecture) to Shakespeare and Company bookstore. This little independent bookstore is famous for the people who frequented it like Fitzgerald and Hemingway during the 20s. It was opened by an American and houses all English books. I bought a Madeline in Paris book and received their official stamp in the front cover. We then went to the Musee de Cluny. This is a medieval museum in a monastery most well-known for the Lady and the Unicorn tapestry ("I've come to see the tapestries" keeps running through my mind) which is shrouded in mystery since it's unlike anything else made at the time. Nice museum with few people. The building itself was really neat with it's gothic medieval architecture. We then walked to Jardin du Luxembourg and had a salad and cold tea and people watched. This is probably the most famous garden in France where people come to lay in the grass, eat, and let their poor cooped up city children run around. Kids also rent little sail boats to put in the murky fountain in front of the palace. We then walk to the Pantheon where King Louis XV built a secular building to the Saint Genevieve and where thousands are buried in the crypt below with lots of famous French people (like Rousseau, Voltaire, Hugo, Dumas, Braille, etc.). I found it amusing that the godless were buried here because they couldn't be buried in a church. After cooling off there, we headed back to the island, grabbed a chocolate crepe made fresh, jumped on the metro and headed back to the hotel to shower, cool off, and give our feet a rest. Some side remarks: I read in several places that everyone under the age of 35 knew English- that is so untrue. Except those at front desks, I'd say most do not know English here. They may know a few words, but they cannot carry on a conversation or understand anything specific. I'm totally blown away. I didn't learn French before we came here, so we've been going off Joel's high school French and it's saved us several times already ordering food, maneuvering the streets, and reading placards (which are all in French even in the museums). The children at church didn't know English (and their grandmother is American) and a teenager at church last night began in English and switched to French when he got too frustrated. Anyways... After our rest, we made our way down Champs-Elyses where they are getting ready for the tour de France next week. We decide to grab a cheap and healthy dinner at Pret-a-manger because last night's dinner was super annoying with our waiter not understanding Joel explaining allergies so he gave him more potatoes, not no potatoes. Sometimes our French is better than their English- and that's bad. We decide we're going to do 2 nice dinners with reservations and pre-explain the allergies and do pret the other nights. After dinner we walk to the Arc du Triumphe (walked under the street to get to it) and then used our fast pass to walk right by the line again. Joel thinks we're going to save ourself an entire day of waiting when this is all over. We walked the 200 or so steps to the top and we got an awesome view of the entire city as the sun sets. Everything is so close- you can see the modern downtown to the west, the eiffel tower to the south, the champs-elyses and the ferris wheel to the east and sacre-couer church NE. Totally worth it. We walk down and walk the other side of the boulevard until we want to take the metro the rest of the way to the Louvre to take some awesome night pictures. We're super tired and go back to the hotel to rest our weary little legs.Read more

    • Day 14

      Day 14: Paris, France

      July 20, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      We got up early(ish), jumped on the metro, and went back to Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cite while the city was still cool and quiet. We were able to walk right in (without showing our pass) because they had an 8 o'clock mass. We looked around the beautiful church which was started in the 1200s and took a couple hundred years to finish! It's the best example of gothic architecture in the world and the stained glass throughout is stunning. This is my favorite church we've seen on this trip. We return to our hotel for breakfast (the best breakfast we could have hoped for in Paris - buttery croissants, sausage, freshly squeezed juice, crepe pancakes, fluffy eggs, apple tart...). We sip our coffee and decide we've had our fill of museums and definitely got our money's worth. We've gone back and forth about visiting Versailles and after I think about it, I'd rather meander the streets shopping and eating than fight the sun and crowds at Versailles. I saw an enormous garden based on Versailles in northern Scotland 4 years ago and had it to myself and am quite happy with that. We decide to go up to Sacre-Couer Basilica on the highest point in Paris north of the city and walk up about 200 or 300 stairs to get to it. It's an interesting church with domes and it looked Turkish to me - like a cross between a mosque and a church. I looked up the architecture and it's considered Romano-Byzantine- aha. We walk down the main steps which was a mistake. The vendors thus far have been relatively harmless, but this time they were in a line so you had to go through them. I don't mind them trying to sell something, but if you touch me, I will hurt you. One of them grabs my arm and I twist out of it and slap his hand hard. He jumps back and says some colorful language. Pickpocketing is an enormous problem here in Paris and a tactic they use is distract you while the other person grabs your wallet. Of course, you don't need to slap them, just hold on to your wallet, but sometimes they need to be gently reminded that it's not ok to grab. My blood boils and I decide I deserve a macaron. We go into Le Petit Musee Du Chocolat and I pick coconut, blackberry, and rose flavors and feel better soon thereafter. We decide to metro down to Boulevard Haussman for some shopping which is similar to London's Oxford street. We peruse a few stores, smell Chanel perfumes you can't smell in the states, and purchase some delicious Mariage Freres Tea. We run into the Palais Garnier (their opera house) and peruse the beautiful gift shop and get a little glimpse into the famed foyer where Phantom of the Opera was inspired (there was an actual lake underneath the building which also inspired the book). We continue back to Champs-Elyses to revisit a couple shops that were closed before, but didn't find anything. We metro back to our area and I pick out a box of macarons from Laduree. No trip to Paris is complete without macarons from this store- after all they invented them. It's beautiful, delicious, and very overpriced. At least I now have a reference point to taste other macarons and decide if it's worth it and it is ;-) We return to our hotel for our usual rest and shower before going back out. Joel wants to find the official Tour de France store so we walk that way bobbing into shops as we go. I see a kitchen store that looks interesting and we go in. It's french cookware meant to be sold to commercial kitchens and I want to buy it all- the copper cookware, the chef knives, the ramekins. I end up with a rolling pin I've been wanting for $6. We have a fun conversation with the employees with the English they know and say bon soir. We find the Tour de France store and they don't have what Joel's looking for, but it takes 3 employees and a couple of customers trying to help us and a brit translating. We're all laughing, especially the brit... it was really comical. Biking brings people together. Something Joel and I noticed during this week was that everyone is quite nice and polite... after you get off the beaten path. The main attractions and stores don't always give you the best impression because they're working with tourists and in service day in and day out, but the random shops further away have all been very pleasant. We grabbed a cheap dinner and went back to our hotel to enjoy a quiet night in.Read more

    • Day 2


      April 28, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      LOVE this city! Had a jet lag adjustment, forgot my camera the first afternoon in, but I think I got this. Yesterday when I was buying a tram ticket at the kiosk, I finally felt like I had found my feet.Read more

    • Day 5


      November 9, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 48 °F

      After coming out of the metro, it was just a short walk to Angelina's, the tea house that we're going to. This must be a well to do neighborhood because we're passing some fancy designer boutiques. I like this covered walkway. This would come in very handy when it rains.Read more

    • Day 5

      Walking Back

      November 9, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 48 °F

      On the way back to the metro, we passed several shops that seemed to be selling the same sort of Paris souvenirs that we've been seeing all over the city except that they were much more expensive here. We're guessing that the prices have gone up because this is a more well-to-do neighborhood. We'll just do our shopping elsewhere.Read more

    • Day 2

      Opera Garnier!!

      April 15, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Esta visita era una de mis favoritas. Saque las entradas como la mayoría de los sitios pero al llegar allí vimos que cerraban a la 18. Pensábamos que íbamos justos, pero bueno. Al llegar nos dieron opción de coger las audio guías (6,5€ cada una), las cogemos y cuando vamos al mostrador a que nos las den nos dicen que no hay, les decimos que es imposible, que nos las acaban de vender...y luego nos dicen que es que no nos va a dar tiempo. Les pedimos que nos devuelvan el dinero y nos dicen que no, que vengamos otro día. Por cansinos..ya nos las dan... Y en media hora empezaron a quería morir porque hubiera pasado allí horas 😭😭😭Read more

    • Day 2

      Plaza vendome

      April 15, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Ya de camino al hotel pasando por este exclusivo barrio de marcas carísimas nos encontramos con la plaza Les Vendome. La plaza Vendôme es una plaza histórica del centro de París, situada en el I Distrito, al norte del jardín de las Tullerias y al este de la iglesia de la Magdalena. En su centro se encuentra la columna Vendôme, levantada por Napoleón en 1810.Read more

    • Day 2

      "Thats quite a dress you almost have on"

      April 16, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Couldn't wait to visit the OLDEST bar in Europe! Dating back to 1911, this bar is the birthplace of the Bloody Mary and served the first hotdog in Paris in 1925! Famous for its cocktails, their Cosmopolitan was the second best I've tasted ever in my life!
      This bar has been frequented by the greats... like Hemingway, Coco Chanel, and Humphrey Bougart.
      Downstairs is the SAME OLD PIANO that Gershwin himself composed the score to An American in Paris" which is where the liberal above comes from and this is the same bar used in the 007 movie A View to a Kill...
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

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