It's not even 8:00 am and tourists are already cruising around the Champs
Paris, December 2012
The ride on the metro was fun. But, walking up the stairs to the surface
we fouund ourselves facing a heavy rain, dark skys, afternoon commuters
and trying to
where to get a taxis to take us to the hotel.
At least we knew where we were ( I knew where we were, I had a map from our
last visit). We found a cab and off we went to the Hotel Lenox. By the time
we got to the hotel the rain had stopped.
Joan at the hotel's entrance.
This is a familiar neighborhood for us. Ten
years earlier we stayed at the Hotel Angleterre which is on the same street
but which has a different name, two block east of here..
For you literary fans Hemingway lived at the
Angleterre during his Paris years.
Joan's birthday, where do we go to celebrate? This little neighborhood has
plenty of bistros and brasseries. Joan's big birthday was celebrated at the
The food was delicious, the wine was wonderful and the waiters were NOT snotty!
Forget what you've heard from your "old fogey monolingual" relatives.
and do speak English so go ahead and practise your high school French, they'll
They will correct your French in English!
Many of the waiters and waitresses
we talked to all spoke English. What a foreign concept!
is located on Rue
runs into the Seine River. Oh, how convenient. What, the Lourvre is
just two blocks away?
Before dinner, however, we walked to the Seine to bring back memories from
our previous trip to Paris.
It's Joan's Birthday and Christmas is just around the corner. What do you
think the City of Lights would look like at Christmastime?
The streets are filled with shoppers, shops are decorated with lights and
wreaths and each neighborhood has lights strung over the streets.
All the well known sites are always seen at night in the City of Lights:
Eiffel Tower from Pont Neuf, Notre Dame Cathedral and a full moon from Institut
During our week long stay we visited the following places.
The famed Les Puces de Saint-Ouen
or simply the Paris Flea Market,
the largest in the world in north Paris.
On Boxing Day (December 26th) we toured the fame palace.
Museums and other places
Museums, especially natural history museums, can have
some very interesting origins. The British Museum was the result of someone's
personal collection that was getting to big to keep at home. The wife said, "get
rid of that stuff, it makes the castle, palace or mansion look trashy."
Sir Hans Sloane
his collection to the city of London. It opened in 1753 and has grown from
Sloane's original collection to what it is today. We have his wife to thank
for the spark that set the fire. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
an Oology musuem, the study of bird eggs. From its beginnings in the 1890s
it has become one of the largest "small" museums in the country.
When people think of visiting Paris they top their "must do" list with
the Louvre and the d'Orsey museums. While these are worth the visit, there
museums, which are nothing more than colletions based on a theme or subject,
which are worth visiting simply for the uniqueness of the collection.
Here are a few unusual museums we found to be very interesting and worth
a trip to visit on this trip.
My Photo Gallery
My way of snoping around the city; some characters here and there, a play of lights and tone and using the zoom lens to create a scene.
Can't wait to go back!
To see some of our other trips go the the Travel page.
All images © 2012 Anthony Galván III
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