A photo essay of my short trip to Paris...
I just returned from Paris and Switzerland and it was my first and definitely not my last visit. I stayed for 3 days and then took the rail to Montreux, Switzerland. Three days is too fast to really experience the "City of Lights". I was lucky to stay right next to the Jardin des Tuileries which is also walking distance to Musée de Orsay, Louvre, Place de la Concorde and Grande Roue de Paris and the autobus (boat shuttle.)
Flying over the Sierra Mountains, en-route to Paris
The Many Faces of the Tour de Eiffel
Welcome! Chocolate Eiffel, Macarons, Truffles
Sprinkled Raindrops Eiffel
Light show Eiffel
Eiffel from the Boat
Cars in motion. Cars parked. Lamppost Star bursts. The Eiffel Tower
Musée de Orsay is by far my favorite museum from the list of museums I have visited on my travels. The space is grand but small enough to see everything in 3 hours. I love the history of the museum as it was a Train Station and a place for wounded soldiers in its past life. The crowd is much smaller and manageable than the Louvre so I was able to actually enjoy the art pieces.
Over the bridge to Musee de Orsay
I had afternoon tea at one of the many Laduree. The window display "pops" out of the dreary, cool February weather and grey concrete space.
Macaron Cake at Laduree
Along the Seine River...
Lovers in Paris
Pont Alexandre Bridge
Through the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel to the Louvre
I took the metro out to the Palace of Versailles, surprising only a 40 min ride and the train stop was about 3 blocks away from the attraction. Versailles was packed with lines like Disneyland and I visited during off-season. I can't imagine navigating the Palace during the Spring and Summer months and truly getting to enjoy the splendor and beauty.
Place de la Concorde & Grande Roue de Paris
At the break of dawn
I did not have an opportunity to dine at the many recommended places on chowhound because the visit was so short I could not commit to a set itinerary. I wanted to dine at Spring, L'astrance, Jules Verne, L'ami Jean Bistro, the pressed duck dish and many more.
Ah, but it only means a return visit to Paris and maybe during a warmer season.
Until next time...
Moi peeking out from the garden of Versailles
Until next time...
Road to train station Paris-Gare de Lyon...to Montreux, Switzerland