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
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.
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!
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.