Thank you for all your lovely comments on my crazy cat coat. Now I need to tell you about Paris.
We had a superb airbnb apartment in Le Marais district.
The view from our studio window into the central courtyard was charming. The apartment itself had delightful exposed beams, not quite straight walls and low ceilings. Le Marais is a very interesting district: aristocratic, wealthy (yes that blue sports car was on our street!), bohemian, ancient, jewish, gay, and with great boutiques, bars and restaurants. We loved it.
We had 4 days in Paris, and we wanted to see a lot, so we packed a lot in.
Musée du Louvre
Magnificent, over whelming, and a must see.
Even waiting in line is not so bad.
We started in the Babylonian antiquities
And that’s Simplicity 2603 waterfall cardigan in black wool merino being worn in way not depicted on the envelope art (back to front).
We enjoyed the interior design section
And we braved the crowds for the famous exhibits
Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées
Yes of course we went there too!
After all that war history, and live army presence, we need some sustenance.
We managed to visit on a day the palace was closed.
Those golden gates were shut, which ever way we looked at it!
I know. Bad planning! We did have a train strike that constrained the days we could go. But still. I think I might be fired as tour guide.
What that meant was a lot more time in the gardens. Like the lucky people who work here.
And the gardens are fabulous. Win win I say.
Someone might want to go back one day and see whats inside.
I love the Eiffel Tower. I know it is clichéd and crawling with tourists, but still, there is something fabulous and wonderful about it.
With bonus street style (well, perhaps more like bonus ‘going out to the opera’ style)
This really is the best art museum
It’s in a re-purposed train station with a view across the Seine, and has Van Gogh.
Oh you want more than van Gogh?
There quite a few other famous painters there too. Like Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Degas…
And interior design too.
Almost enough to leave a love lock further down the river
BurdaStyle 10/2012 #122 blouse made in fabric from Scotland being modeled in this photo
Sacré Coeur and Montmartre
No visit to Paris is complete without macarons for afternoon tea after visiting Basilique du Sacré Coeur, and a visit to Marché St Pierre, Montmartre for fabric shopping.
These lovely African wax prints followed me home.
And lets finish this blog post with one of my favourite things.
As Felicity reminded me, Maria in the Sound of Music says ‘When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window’.