Mark and I left a gorgeous, sunny day in Houston Friday and arrived to a grey, cold day in Paris Saturday. But there’s nothing unusual about that, is there? We weren’t able to sit together on our flight, and while we waited for our luggage I overheard the guy I sat next to telling someone about how much the lady next to him (moi) slept. He was amazed and more than a little envious. Yep, I’m telling you, three Simply Sleep + one airplane bottle of red wine=Happy Landing cocktail. Works every time.
After a three-hour power nap at our apartment, we hit the streets of Saint-Germain.
Lots of folks were out enjoying the cold Saturday.
This morning I went to my favorite flea market, Porte de Vanves, and poked around in all the stuff. It was sunny but a tad chilly 34 degrees.
Afterwards I went home and picked up Mark, and we went to explore Hotel des Invalides.
Although very close to our apartment, we had never before wandered through this gorgeous complex, which used to house disabled veterans. One famous Frenchman is still housed there- Napoleon’s tomb is located in the beautiful Eglise du Dome. His body is in one of six nested coffins within this sarcophagus of red quartzite.
If he were able to see out the top, this would be his view.
The Hotel des Invalides also contains the wonderful Musee de l’Armee, which includes many of Napoleon’s uniforms, as well as some of his campaign furniture.
From here we walked to the charming Rue Cler for lunch at a busy cafe.
Needing to walk off our lunch, we ambled over to the Montparnasse Tower, the tallest building in Paris.
That doesn’t look like Paris, does it? Once there, we decided to save the view from the top for a less hazy day (or night), so you will just have to wait for those pics!
And that is how I have spent my time since landing here on Saturday morning. Thanks for stopping by!