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Paris With The Ladies

It’s hard to believe that I have been running around Paris with my mom and my aunt for almost two weeks and haven’t posted a single word or photo. Clearly, I can be Blogger or Tour Guide but not simultaneously.

The September weather has been perfect for sight seeing- hardly a drop of rain the whole month. I know The Ladies have walked more than they thought they could, each day encouraged by the “10,000 steps” signal of my Fit Bit. We have taken a cab only once, and the rest of the time have been on foot or on metro (which usually involves a lot of stairs).  No one has stepped out in front of a bicycle or a bus or even stumbled over the frequent obstacles on sidewalks and footpaths. My goal was to fly them home in a vertical position, and with one more day to go, we are almost there. Hip hip (no broken ones) !!

On their first full day we ventured to the Marais, where we ate falafel and enjoyed the photography exhibit of Occupied Paris at the Musee Carnavelet.

The Musee Carnavelet

The Musee Carnavelet

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Another day we visited the Camondo museum, which I have posted about many times. I wish they had a Frequent Flyer program there, because I would definitely have earned some drink tickets. Even though I can quote the audio guide by heart, I never tire of being in that beautiful house with the sad history.

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on the way there- looking toward Parc Monceau

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gate at the park

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I will be heading back to Texas on Wednesday, assuming that Air France has ended its longest pilots’ strike ever. That’s why we call it Air Chance!

Stay tuned for more Paris With The Ladies. But be patient. I am working at a slow pace here.

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Walking Paris- 1900 and Last Weekend

Bonjour from Paris, mes amis! Our first guests of the season left yesterday morning after a nice weekend of good sights, good food and wine, and lots of walking. Our friends were both wearing their Fitbits, which prompted me to order a replacement for the one I accidentally washed with my dirty laundry. This time I went for the more expensive one that goes on your wrist (in “Slate”, no less), and I hope it sticks around longer than its predecessor. As an aside, if you are obsessed with your Fitbit (or know someone who is), you might enjoy this short essay by the hilarious David Sedaris.

My friends and I got very lucky on Friday when we walked by the Petit Palais and there was no line for the much acclaimed exposition entitled “Paris of 1900 – The City of Entertainment”. This is a fantastic exhibit on many facets of Paris at the time it hosted the World Exhibition in 1900. It’s quite extensive, and includes paintings, objets d’art, costumes, photographs, film, furniture, and more. I could have spent hours in there! Here is a gorgeous poster for the exhibit.

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As the poster says, it’s only here until August 17, so plan your trip to Paris tout de suite!

We also visited one of my favorites, le Musee de Nissim de Camondo, which I have gone on about before. I am still entranced by it, and this time I took some pictures of the kitchen, which is my favorite room in the entire mansion. I would hate to have been in charge of polishing all that copper.

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We walked by this swanky little sweet shop and I couldn’t resist a quick pic from the doorway.

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Walking home one evening we passed two Louboutin shops, both with lines of people waiting to get in them. I was so curious about those folks- were they standing in line just to go in and look, or did they really plan to buy? I should have asked them, I guess. Inquiring minds want to know.

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Those shoes definitely were not made for walking.  Not on Paris streets, anyway.

That’s all for today, friends. Keep on walking and counting your steps in your fancy shoes.

Over and out in my ballet flats.

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