Saturday, November 5, 2011

Paris: Part One

At long last I can share with you our recent trip to Paris, where we went last month on a brief stopover on our flight from the US back to Israel. I hadn't been to Paris since I was a little girl and had been longing to go back for some time. We would end up doing so much in our one day in Paris that I have to divide my post into two separate entries. Without further ado, let me share with you a few images from the most beautiful city in the world, which will surely bring a smile to your face.

 


We were so lucky to arrive into Paris on a crisp and clear mid-October day. It had just rained a few days prior, leaving the skies without a cloud in sight. We opted to stay at the Park Hyatt Paris, which as it turns out is right down the street from the Bastille, making it a central location for all things Paris.

     

Though we arrived mid-afternoon, it was already nightfall by the time we made it to our hotel. So, the next morning, we started out bright and early for a full day of sightseeing. For Breakfast we feasted on fresh omelets and a classic French dish, Croque Monsieur. When asked if we wanted salad or chips with our breakfast, we found it a little odd. As it turns out, these items weren't in fact included with the breakfast and were of course an extra fee. Oh, the French, taking advantage of little innocent foreigners.



Our hotel was centrally located in the Opera area of town, where fittingly, the impressive Paris Opera is situated at one of the busiest metro stops in town.


The Bastille, once an important fortress in Paris, was just a short distance away from our hotel, not more than a block or two walking.


My husband was a trooper during our day in Paris, as I dragged him out of the hotel just around Sunrise. In the pictures below, you can see the beautiful colors of a morning sunrise in Paris.



In the above photo, you can see the Eiffel Tower in the background, sticking its head up above the trees in the distance. This got us very excited to make our way there. However, first it was time to check out the Louvre, Paris's finest museum.




After spending some quality time around the Louvre, we headed onward into the surrounding gardens toward the Champs Elysee, one of the world's most famous boulevards. First, some images from these beautiful Gardens.








It's so exciting to see the Eiffel Tower at different angles as you get closer and closer to it, as you saw in the photos above. After strolling through the beautiful gardens, we found ourselves at the beginning of the Champs Elysee, which was probably a good mile of a walk before reaching its far end at the Arc de Triomphe.





3 comments:

  1. There's something wonderful about the French idee (idea in French) of fast food......crepes of every sort!

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  2. I have just discovered your blog. I will read it completely. Thanks. I need to give you an explanation for the croque monsieur. They are never served for breakfast', but as

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  3. a quick lunch or dinner or a cheap meal in a café when in town. that s why they offerd chips too . misunderstanding !

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