Paris Was a Good Idea-Pt. 2

So, part of what makes a great trip for me is including experiences that reflect my interests and passions. On this first trip to Paris, this meant tea, opera, shopping, and Josephine Baker. The tea experiences will be shared in a separate post. Here’s highlights from the others.

I toured the legendary, historic Opera Garnier:

It’s not often that a building bears the name of the architect.

Attending a show at The Folies Bergere was one of the best experiences of my trip.

Ready to head out to the Folies Bergere

Where Josephine Baker became a legendary star

Pre-show atmosphere

The shopping alone makes Paris worth the trip. I went in mid-July and sales were everywhere!  I thoroughly enjoyed shopping at the high temple of Parisian department stores, Galeries Lafayette.

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Paris Was a Good Idea-Pt. 1

I didn’t fall in love. For most of my life, I dreamed of going to Paris and I expected to fall in love with that legendary city…but I didn’t. Nevertheless, Paris was a good idea! I shopped. I ate. I shopped. I toured. I shopped some more.  It is definitely a “bucket list” experience.  So, while I didn’t fall in love, Paris and I definitely became dear friends, and I will certainly return. Here, a few of the Paris classics…

Atop the Arc Dr Triomphe

Detail from the Arc de Triomphe

Stairway to the top of the Arc de Triomphe

A different view of Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe

View from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Bastille Day fireworks at the Eiffel Tower…SPECTACULAR!

Paris Eye

Didn’t make it inside Notre Dame…next time!

The Tuilleries Gardens

Sur le Pont des Arts…the love lock bridge

The Louvre Museum…truly grand inside and out!

I didn’t think I’d like the pyramid, but I did!

View from under the pyramid at The Louvre

The grandeur of The Louvre

As close as I could get to the Mona Lisa

I spent the majority of my time in the Egyptian Collection; it’s the largest outside of Cairo.