DAY 2 of a week in Paris - Monday
Le Louvre et Champs-Elysées
- BREAKFAST: la patisserie below the apartment
- Le Louvre
- LUNCH: Angelina tea salon. 226 Rue de Rivoli (between Rues d'Alger and de Castiglione)
- Tuilleries - TODAY'S POST
- Madeleine Church & Place de la Concorde
- Place Vendome
- Arc de Triomphe - view
(daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Paris
- DINNER: La Boutique à Sandwiches. 12 Rue du Colisée (between Rue de Ponethieu and Ave des Champs-Elysées)
- Buddha Bar (8 rue Boissy d'Anglais, near Place de la Concorde)
In most of my trips to Paris, I have sought to stay near the center of the city so that every day's jaunts end up back here, at the Tuileries gardens. It's beautiful in the morning, as the sun rises behind the Louvre, and it's more beautiful in the evening as the sun sets behind the Arc de Triomphe and the obelisk at Place de la Concorde (the direction of the top photo).
At the end of a long day of walking, I feel like the fellow in the statue above - utterly spent and ready for sitting in one of the green metal reclining chairs by a fountain.
There is great people watching, especially the kids who rent toy sailboats and push them around the pool with their sticks.
Of course the flowers are fabulous, as are all the flowers in Paris. I've noticed year after year that the garden designers around the city do unique things each year. One year I was surprised and pleased to see thistle in the Luxembourg gardens. Wonderful!
But each visit there have been irises.
You can buy an ice cream.
You can sleep in the shade.
You can bring your lunch and eat with a friend.
Above is me, and below is my sister Nancy, in 1997, the year our mother passed away with Alzheimer's. We treated ourselves to two full weeks in Paris - my first visit since I studied abroad in college in 1975.
I can't say that after resting in the Tuileries we necessarily felt like doing Pilates, but it was nice to watch this lady doing hers with the Louvre in the background.
I leave you with this final sketch by Fabrice Moireau, from his book Paris Sketchbook.