A day in Paris A year in Paris is my wish and a day in Paris is like when you fall in love with someone you can't have. A week in Paris left me with such a thirst that needs to be quenched again and again.
When my feet first walked on the old cobble stone streets of Paris I felt a familiar sense of being home. Perhaps a past life memory or a romantic ideal I don't know, I was sure though that a new relationship had begun. Dragging my suit case along behind me searching for the train station to deliver me to Versailles my eyes were constantly captivated by the beauty of what surrounded me "Paris" It was early in the morning and people were bustling there way to work, the train station was busy and confusing. The thought of my French lessons on my to do list crossed my mind of regret for not getting it together.
With such a small glimpse of Paris behind me arriving at Versailles was a love affair all of its own. Could I possibly blend into the palace unnoticed and stay for ever!
When visiting Versailles it is well worth arriving on Monday. The Palace itself is closed but the gardens are open for free. You need a whole day just to explore the beauty and splendor of these beautifully laid out gardens that seem to go for miles. Every corner you turn is yet another divine sculpture or fountain laid-en with more stunning flower beds, the air filled with sweet aroma.
Spending the evening in Versailles was a romantic dinner with France followed by a leisurely walk around the edge of the palace grounds. Certainly a step up on the esthetics of a romantic night out, be it with yourself or another.
The second day started with a long que. It pays to pre buy your tickets and arrive 30 minutes before opening time so you avoid cues and crowds in the first stage which is the Palace itself.
I was told it can be quite overwhelming. Not for I. I felt as though I could just melt into it all.
Most people visit Versailles, go through the palace and then leave. There is so much more to see without the crowds of tourists from the main palace.
The Grand Trianon which is like a smaller Versailles. The Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette's sanctuary which includes the amazing Theatre she loved to preform in. The Queens Hamlet a village of thatched roofs inspired by the Queen Marie Antoinette's return to nature which consists of twelve houses along with a miniature farm. It really is like a fairytale village.
Versailles is one of those must do destinations. Especially if you are looking for ideas and inspiration. I am still inspired just with the memory.
And then there was Paris.
Truly the most beautiful and visually exciting city in the world.
I have often heard how the French are rude and arrogant. I found this to be the opposite, such a lively and certainly the most friendly city I have graced the streets of to date.
The constant bustle of a city mixed with the captivating aroma of coffee on every corner, flower and perfumery shops everywhere. Coffee, flowers and perfume what more could a girl want?... Fashion, Bohemia, antique markets, french furniture, the most amazing architecture, stunning gardens, food that will lavishly cover your taste buds, and of course french men everywhere.
Then there is the pungent smell of urine that will occasionally waft up your nose in the underground but the rest more than compensates for that.
There is so much to look at in Paris I really do need a year ;-)
The Palais Garnier ( The Opera house ) Rodin Museum Notre Dame Grand Place Musée du Louvre Champs Elysees Sacre Coeur and Montmartre Moulin Rouge The Eiffel Tower The Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter
This is just a few. Beauty is every whereas well as cheap souvenirs for sale on every corner. This can get a little annoying but a simple no is all thats needed unless of course you want an Eiffel Tower key ring or a flashing glass Eiffel Tower.
If you cant live in Paris having a piece of beauty from Paris is the next best thing. There really is something very romantic and special about having a piece of Paris.
I have just received some lovely pieces from Paris as well as a few from Burgundy a town south of Paris.
For prices and more information please see my Vintage Revival French Furniture web site.
ont une belle journée