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More From The Weekend

Don’t worry- I promise not to go on any more about our boss seats at the French Open Women’s Finals on Saturday or that you might have seen us on TV sitting right behind Serena. Not another word.

If you come to Paris this summer you shouldn’t miss the Berges de Seine, which I have featured here several times. We love to walk down to this re-vitalized and pedestrianized bank of the river between Pont d’Alma and the Musée d’Orsay. Lucky for us it’s not too far to walk carrying a picnic or just a bottle of wine, as we did on Saturday evening. The sun is not setting here until close to 10:00, which allows plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings, the wine, and the sunset.

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Hey- didn’t I see you on TV earlier today?

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The Petit Palais was aglow when we passed it on our way home.

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Sunday afternoon Mark had to go to the office and I wandered around the Marais a bit. While many parts of Paris are closed on Sundays, the Marais is reliably hopping.

I was reminded that we are well into tourist season here in Paris. The streets were thronged with happy travelers, and the lines for falafel and gelato were staggering.

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The Place de Vosges was as crowded as I have ever seen it.

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I wandered off a main street and found this quiet spot.

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This lovely place, the Hôtel-de-Sens, was built from 1475-1519.

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A few other random things caught my eye.

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pomengranate juice, anyone?

pomegranate juice, anyone?

And finally, this group had attracted a nice crowd on a shady corner.

Do wop, do wop.

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Dinner By The Seine

Bonjour from Paris! I have been having great fun with my good friend Martha who is visiting from Houston. We are just about to walk out the door to go to the giant flea market, Clignancourt, on this sunny Monday (do you want us to pick you up anything?). Before we go, here are some photos from our picnic last week. This weather is made for “les pique-niques”!

We purchased our provisions from Wilson Market, which was abuzz with happy conversations among Parisians grateful for the warm spring morning. IMG_5391 IMG_5392 The strawberries are amazing right now. Solid red- not a thin layer of red surrounding a tasteless, white interior (like so many of ours at home seem to be).  We have been enjoying them in our yogurt for breakfast.

We carried our dinner and blanket to the river and found an open spot just as the sun was setting.

the chosen spot

the chosen spot

Mark and Martha- the perfect picnic companions

Mark and Martha- the perfect picnic companions

photo-bombed by the Eiffel Tower again

photo-bombed by the Eiffel Tower again

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Hooray for spring!

And as always- Hooray for Paris!

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Happy To Be Back In Paris

I love how the light fixtures kind of look like hearts!

I love how the light fixtures kind of look like hearts!

Bonjour y’all! We have finally made it back to Paris, and I know you all are as happy about that as I am. The skies have been sunny for the most part, and have warmed us up nicely in the afternoons. I am still adjusting to the time zone, but have managed to stay awake all day. I made a visit to the Wilson Market early this morning and was happy to find the last of the green peas and some very nice rhubarb, which I have already whipped up into a crumble. Just the rhubarb, of course- the peas will be steamed with a little (or a lot) of butter and a dash of sea salt. So glad it’s almost dinner time.

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Yesterday when I awoke from my deep post-flight nap, I made myself take a long walk in the sunshine. I walked to the river and then along the newly developed river bank, and then back home through the Tuileries. I snapped these pics as I went, so that you, too, could enjoy my first walk back in Paris.

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Quick aside- Mark and I went back to the river bank last night after dinner and it looked like this:

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Finding a table at a cafe was out of the question, so we stood in line for a drink and then perched on the curb and watched the masses go by. Some were in high heels, some were attempting to jog through the crowd, and a few brave souls were even on bikes.

Back to my afternoon walk-

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tether ball with paddles?

I crossed back over the river at the Musee d’Orsay bridge. Before leaving, I took this short video of the scene on the Seine, because I found it so charming. I regret not getting more of the musicians, because they were wonderful. I hope to find them there again.

I love this temporary “gallery” of famous people whose photos were taken on the Seine.

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Paul and Joanne!

Paul and Joanne!

I did finally make it over the bridge and into the Tuileries, where a carnival was set up on the Rivoli side.

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I was impressed that stands were already being set up for Bastille Day. These were at Place de la Concorde, facing the Champs Elysees.

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Mark asked if I would mind sitting there for the next few weeks to save our seats. Somehow I don’t think we would qualify for those prime viewing spots.

So that’s pretty much what my first two days have been. Our first visitors arrive tonight, so I have some housework to do today. I probably will not take photos of that.  You will just have to use your imaginations.

Au revoir!

 

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Take Me To The River

There are quite a few things I don’t like about my neighborhood here in the 8th arrondissement.  I am surrounded by office buildings, haute couture boutiques, the President’s office, and the chain stores on the Champs Elysees , but  there are not many shops for me to use on a regular basis.  I am pretty sure I could buy a Renoir more easily than I can select a nice assortment of cheeses at a fromagerie.  I have to take a bus or metro to do any serious grocery shopping or go to a market.  However, one thing I have always liked about my location is my proximity to the Seine.  Just a fifteen minute walk across the Champs Elysees and past all the fashion windows of Ave. Montaigne, and I am at the Pont d’Alma(the bridge which is almost at the feet of the Eiffel Tower).  I can cross the river and then walk alongside it to another bridge, re-cross and walk back home. When I had Wonderchien here with me, it was a great route for our regular walks.  Up until recently, however, when I walked along the other side of the river, I had to walk way above it, while very busy lanes of traffic zoomed between the water and me.  Not any more!  This summer the City of Paris completed a major overhaul of a 2.3 kilometer stretch of the Left Bank, between Pont d’Alma and the Musee d’Orsay.  The project is called Les Berges de Seine, and it is awesome!

This beautiful part of the river is no longer flanked by zooming cars, but has been transformed into a multi-use recreational area for walkers, joggers, bikers, skateboarders, kids, picnic packers, and those who just want to enjoy an apertif or a light meal while gazing at the river.  I have heard from my French friends (yes, BOTH of them) that this is pretty controversial in Paris because it has closed a major traffic artery, making the traffic problem in the city worse.  But since I don’t drive, I have no complaints at all, other than I wish they had done it sooner!

Mark and I walked down there last Sunday night after unpacking from our weekend trip to Bordeaux, and we were  delighted with the facilities and the buzz of activity happening there.  There were people everywhere- jogging, riding bikes, roller blading, walking, and picnicking on the edge of the river.  There are little bridges that connect the riverbank to floating  gardens with comfortable chairs and even some green grass.  Mark and I found an empty table at one of the many cafes set up there, and we enjoyed a cold beer while watching the scene on the Seine.  It was divine.

I returned this morning (Thursday) to get some better photos, and there were very few people, but security was apparent  and there was no trash to be seen.

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running lanes and a climbing area for les enfants

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I could rent a bike and never have to venture out onto a Paris street!

I could rent a bike and never have to venture out onto a Paris street!

These little rooms are able to be reserved for your private use.  Book club, maybe?

These little rooms are able to be reserved for your private use. Book club, maybe?

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view from above

view from above

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bridge to floating gardens

bridge to floating gardens

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plenty of bathrooms, water fountains, and trash cans- look how clean!

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this skateboard ramp was very busy on Sunday

bridge to floating gardens

bridge to floating gardens

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byo sunscreen

byo sunscreen

looks like a cruise ship!

looks like a cruise ship!

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Well done, Paris, well done!

Next time you are in Paris you must check it out.  Just don’t ask your taxi driver what he thinks of it.

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