What more can I say….
Rather than the usual recipe I thought I’d share a few photos from our weekend in Paris:
The weather was gray and cloudy…. Fairly typical of northern France this time of year.
We were lucky with only one brief shower.
When we decided on this weekend getaway
we I forgot to check the school holiday schedule.
We’re right in the middle of school holidays.
The resulting problem was that the hotel we normally stay at was fully booked.
The resulting benefit was that we stayed in a different hotel in a totally different neighborhood.
What a treat!
New streets to wander down, new shops to explore, new boulangeries to check out….Always important to do a serious taste comparison of ‘pain au chocolat’.
This is the view from our hotel window.
You may or may not have heard of love locks. They’ve been around for awhile, slowly taking over bridges around the world.The idea behind them is that lovers carve their names on the lock, fasten it to a bridge and throw the key into the river, thus ensuring that their love will last forever.
Which does make one wonder about the intended purpose of the combination locks we saw….
This bridge is, apparently, is just being taken over.
This bridge has locks on locks and no space left anywhere.
I guess I’m not romantic (or superstitious) but I think the locks are an eyesore and all the keys in the river just add to the pollution.
Plus I hate to see some of the beautiful bridges in Paris looking so tacky.
And ugly and a waste of time, money, resources…. Oops, got on my soapbox there for a sec….
For more classical views of Paris we went to the top of Printemps, one of the ‘grand magasins’ or big department stores. The gold domes are part of the department store roof.
On this side we can see the Paris opera house.
And on the other side are lovely apartments with garden terraces.
Think of the views…..
I have no idea of the cost of an apartment like this, but we looked in some estate agent windows at apartments for sale, and saw a 13 sq. meter studio apartment (140 sq. feet) for sale for 500,000 euros ($635,000.00) and a 25 sq meter apartment (270 sq feet) for 1.5 million euros (1.9 million dollars).
Neither of those apartments were in such a prime location.
Or had quite such a fantastic view. I wonder if anyone tires of looking at this over morning coffee?
We did the usual things while we were in Paris…. Walked for miles and miles looking in shop windows and wandering through museums with the occasional stop at cafes.
One of the things that always puzzles me is how these shops manage to support themselves.
I went into a sweater shop (cashmere – no, I didn’t buy). The walls were lined with white shelves divided into compartments. In each compartment there were 3 sweaters of the same color. (There could easily have been 15.) In the center of the store were 2 very large white tables. There were 4 stacks of 2 sweaters each on each table. (There could have easily been 20 stacks of 20 sweaters.)
There were 6 salespeople in the shop. I was the only customer.
The sweaters were not terribly expensive… The two I looked at were in the 200 euro range.
How do they pay the rent and the salaries?
And that’s typical of the shops in France…. very little on display.
Shops in the US are usually so crowded you have to buy something just to have enough room to get to the door.
One last photo for friends and family on the opposite side of the globe.
We didn’t go in, but I couldn’t resist the photo.