An American in Paris

Put on your best tap shoes, subract the rain, and join me in Paris!

Trumpet excerpt

Trumpet excerpt from “An American in Paris”

After a lazy cruise on the Canal du Midi, we ended our trip in Paris. Yolanda’s daughter, Ava, joined us for four days of French frolic and birthday fun. As it happened, our neighbors across the hall, Stanton and Pierre, were also in Paris to attend a family wedding. In his very French way, Pierre offered to give us his special walking tour, complete with historical facts, figures and entertaining anecdotes.

Pierre, Ava and Stanton

Pierre, Ava and Stanton

We met at Notre Dame, one of the most famous spots in town. We then walked and walked…and walked some more until we couldn’t anymore. It was over 90 degrees – the hottest day of our entire trip. Buy, HEY! We were in Paris!

The Cathedral of Notre Dame

The Cathedral of Notre Dame

We headed over to Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Pierre’s favorite building. Pierre is smart enough to be the mayor, so I’m voting for him!

Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville

The buildings are just so…French:  formal, symmetrical and full of ornamental details. Below is where Pierre wants to live (when he becomes Mayor). We hit one amazing place after another.

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

The Pompidou Center stands out amongst the classical architecture and was scandoulous when it was built in 1977. Today it houses a collection of modern art and is the center of a gritty, arty part of town.

The Pompidou

Pompidou Centre

Chickens?

Chicken Pompidou

Palais Garnier: Opera nationale de Paris

Palais Garnier: Opera Nationale de Paris

Opera House Interior

Opera House Interior

At some point we stopped for a pick-me-up coffee at one of Pierre’s favorite hotels when he is in Paris on business.

Taking a break

Taking a break

The Seine

The Seine

Site of Napolean's Tomb

Site of Napolean’s Tomb at Les Invalides

The Tomb

The man’s inside!

And that was all in day one. We had a fabulous dinner with them that evening and they were off to Ireland. Thanks, guys!

The next two days were a whirlwind of museums, shopping, walking and eating. Not bad! We hit the Louvre, the Pompidou and the Musee D’Orsay. So much art, so little time.

The Louvre

The Louvre

I'm at the Louvre!

I’m at the Louvre!

My friend, Mona

My friend, Mona

The coronation of Josephine

The coronation of Josephine

Lunching at the Louvre

Lunching at the Louvre

Amazing salad!

Look at those tomatoes!

Musee D'Orsay

Musee D’Orsay

The Odelesque

The Odelesque

Standing over the Opera House

Yo standing over the Opera House

We had a very nice dinner at this little restaurant in Le Marais, the emerging Soho of Paris. This was the “shopping zone.” Dangerous!

Le Petit Commines

Le Petit Commines

The next day was Yo’s birthday, so stay tuned for the Parisian finale!

Trumpet excerpt from An American in Paris

Trumpet excerpt from “An American in Paris”

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