Paris with Felicity

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.

Tour Eiffel

I love the Eiffel Tower. I know it is clichéd and crawling with tourists, but still, there is something fabulous and wonderful about it.

Palais Garnier

With bonus street style (well, perhaps more like bonus ‘going out to the opera’ style)

Musée D’Orsay

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?

No problem

There quite a few other famous painters there too. Like Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Degas…

And interior design too.

Loved it!

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.

Notre Dame

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’.

11 thoughts on “Paris with Felicity

  1. Oh la la! Did you ever sleep in four days?
    I went to Notre Dame one day and was totally unimpressed. I found out later that I was actually in the church next door!!! You must have missed that one……..

    • There was not nearly enough sleeping in for a teenager.
      How funny that you went to the wrong church. I’m guessing you might not have queued for long…

    • Yes, no complaints from me; I’ve been inside on a prior visit. But Felicity was disappointed not to have seen the Hall of Mirrors. Something for next time?

  2. The gardens of Versailles look soooo incredible. I have never been to France – it’s on my bucket list. It looks like you had a marvelous mom-daughter time.

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