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It doesn’t take long to be reminded of the magic of Paris. From the first time I ever stepped foot on its terra firma in 2000 to the last time in 2013, and again this past Thursday, I was reminded what draws me to the City of Light – the buttery croissants, the locals who have a sensuality and simultaneous nonchalantness about them as they go about their days, and the seemingly endless daylight in the summer season.
However, it was this time that I finally had an arrival in which the welcome was gentle and immediately put me at ease as the jet lag after flying across nine time zones (13-14 hours of flying) plays tricks with your mind. The first step is to acknowledge these tricks will occur no matter what you do, but knowing there are ways to reduce their intensity, and what they are improves the overall quality of the visit. And this time, it was the arrival time (noon in Paris), a swift drop-off at my accommodations, and a just as swift drawing of a warm bath, followed by a 2-3 hour nap.
Upon awaking from my nap I went to Sacre-Couer and wandering about in the parks and climbed the many steps with the oodles of tourists and celebratory locals and the like viewing France as the country played in the World Cup. Then to rest for the night, ten hours passed and my mind, while not 100%, didn’t feel as it has in the past, but instead alert, rested and eager to explore.
So many pictures were captured, as many have seen on Instagram, and many more future details posts will come, but as I leave the city today to head to my next destination, I wanted to leave you with a taste of Paris to savor, for many of you remember and others to view as your excitement is heightened all the more for your upcoming visit.
~a cafe in Montmartre, around the 9th arrondisement~
~Le Nemours Cafe, near Palais-Royale~
~Sacré-Couer Basillica, Montmartre (King Louis the Blessed on the left, Joan of Arc on the right, statues)~
~parfait moment of warmth~
~Sebastien Gauraud Patissserie on rue de Martyrs~
~of moment of culinary dreaming at E.Delhillerin~
~the gardens with the Palais-Royale~
~a moment to sit and watch Paris wake up and go to work (yes, the croissant was better than I remembered. It’s been far too long, but absolutely worth the wait. Peter Mayle’s latest and final book will be released June 26th – look for a review to be posted soon on the blog.~
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