Thursday, February 6, 2014

Paris Day 1

Back in October we took a trip to Paris. I took along with me a little notebook and wrote in it as I went along.. I thought that perhaps it would be more interesting for me to share with you those writings, instead of a delayed walk-through of our time there.

La St. Germain Cafe 10:00 a.m.
Brian and I are currently sitting a la St. Germain Cafe. We are near the Notre Dame and have just dropped off our luggage at our new home for the next 3 days. A boat on the river Seine right next to the Louvre, the tullieries, and the Musee D'orsay. We could not be happier!
 Le Cafe St. Germain 11:00 a.m.
The early grey sky has suddenly passed. The sun fills the street and the sky is a brilliant blue. As we sip our espresso and eat our Croque Madames, a stray dog, wirey and white comes to join us. He looks as happy as we are. Smiling and panting, just happy to be free in the streets of Paris. The cafe is beautiful and everything you'd imagine a Parisian corner cafe to be like. Chairs face the street for people watching, wickered and painted red with heat lamps above us to keep us warm. The waiter is so kind and we all laugh when the dog decides to go inside the restaurant for a peek. He eventually takes back to the streets, happy, and tongue wagging, his leash dragging across the cobblestones.

Jardin du Palace Royal. 12:30 p.m.
Standing in a garden filled to the brim with dahlias and full plump roeses. I have never seen such beauty. Perfectly trimmed hedges, buzzing bees, I carry a baguette under my arm and feed bits to the pigeons by a large white rose bush.

Sitting at a cafe in the toullieries. 4:00 pm
Drinking espresso and watching the leaves fall and the children riding scooters on the dirt road. Their mothers and fathers running along side them. The weather is cool and each table has a bright red blanket with fringe on the edges. We've just arrived here from the Opera de Paris. A most wonderful and beautiful masterpiece of a building. We even knocked on box 5, the box that belongs to the Phantom. The staircase was just as gold and grand as I'd imagined it to be. Mytholocial paintings covered the ceiling and sculptures of Apollo were everywhere. Outside a man with a crank organ played with 2 cats sleeping on his machine, Brian helped him crank the organ and it was wonderful.

Day two soon to come....

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