getting to paris isnt easy

what an amazing trip
 tho it didnt start out quite as we planned

 you may recall 
the trip to paris in april was cancelled
 as my friend mary became ill

when her doctors gave her the go ahead
 we planned to fly out on may 14 
alas
mother nature
threw us a curve
 incredibly bad weather
 the weekend
before we were to fly
 caused
 many
 many
 flights
 to be cancelled
 getting those paying customers out
 was the airline's priority

         those of us
flying
 on
 buddy passes
 got sent
 to the bottom
 of
 the
standby list

sigh

 which 
meant
 the
original 10 days in paris 
was
rudely
 cut back to a week

 in the best
make lemonade
tradition
 we opted
 to 
embrace
 the attitude that
 a week
in 
paris
 is a lot better 
than
none

to say it was an incredible week
 is an understatement

 i took so many photos
 i lost count

 i also
lost

 dont ask how
i lost them
 i am hoping they can be recovered

 an entire days worth of photos
 from a side trip 
to
provins
a small city
 about 90 minutes outside of paris


sharing the photos
 i do
have
 over 
at



after a long flight and very little sleep
i was still in the 'pink'


two of the best people to travel with
my friends
mary and genie
here's a link to genie's blog



'our' apartment window
on the 'second' floor 



the stairs 
we schlepped
 our bags
 up and down


the tile floors 
of the passage we walked 
through
palais royale
almost every day


this might be my favorite metro stop
it was very close to the apartment

 
genie
studies
the
'bible'
 of
 paris what/where/how
on the metro


macarons 
are 
almost 
too pretty to eat
almost

 my favorite
 do not enter 
sign


i
 ate 
ate 
ate
but 
drank
 little

 dont shoot me
 but
 vin rouge
is
 not
 for
 moi

 the tomatoes
 however
are so good
 i will miss them a lot  
unlike
 the café

 now
 i love strong coffee
i do
 but 
i do not love teensy cups
 i want a 
BIG 
cuppa 
coffee
 ask for
café allongé
you will get
 a shot of espresso with water added to stretch it 

now
 i have
stretched
 this post
enough

glad to be home
sort of




edited because i had the wrong link to genie's blog ...je sues désolé 

30 comments:

  1. What a great great post ......
    looking forward to more recaps and
    the photos.... I do hope you can recover
    the 'lost' ones...

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  2. Ack.. I'll bet they're not lost. That just can't be. Maybe you had more than one card?

    Anyway, fun photos and looking forward to more.

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  3. Oh I hope your photos aren't lost...but so glad that you had an amazing trip! Always love your words and photos, but this post is extraordinary!
    happy you made it home safely...

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  4. Daryl, sounds so exciting. Your apartment looks like one in the movie "The Jackel" (the original). Right at the end.
    Good friends are a blessing!

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  5. Oh wow. Such wonderful texture! Can't wait to see more snaps




    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ > < } } ( ° > <3

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  6. Welcome home, my friend!
    So glad you had a wonderful time.
    I love these photographs, and I'm looking forward to seeing more. xo.

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  7. Love that Do Not Enter sign too. Oh the macaroons, the sights, the apartment building -- even the stairs! LOVE.

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  8. the metro stop is fabulous
    you and the girls are all gorgeous
    the apartment building looks romantic

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  9. You've been in another world! And you do look wonderful!

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  10. Glad you had a great time. Mom came home yesterday and is doing well. Cannot wait to see the amazing photos....glad you are back home safe. I must say would not be a fan of those stairs, I am an elevator gal myself. :)

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  11. Welcome back!!! I stayed at a place in Paris with stairs just like that....or an optional elevator that would fit one person and one piece of luggage. So glad you had a great time.

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  12. We missed you and welcome home!! Thrilled you had such a wonderful time :)
    The apartment reminds me of the building in NYC. I love all of this...more, more!

    xoxox

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  13. These are wonderful & I cannot wait to see ALL your pix!!! Love your reflection in the window of the metro. So glad you had such a grand experience even if it was cut a bit short. Yes, a week in Paris is better than no Paris at all. Au revoir! xo

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  14. Wonderful photos, all of them, but my favorite is the one you took of Genie on the train with you and Mary reflected in the window behind her. I chose French as my foreign language in high school because a friend's mother taught it, but carried on with it in college because I love the way it sounds. Your photos make me want to visit it sooner rather than later.

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  15. You look FABULOUS my dear Daryl!! Awesome!! I can tell how happy and excited you are to be there!! Look forward to hearing lots more and will go over and check out some more of your photos!!

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  16. I am dying to get back to Paris. I was there many years ago for a short weekend and loved it! It's the only city more romantic than NYC.

    I hope you recover your photos. That happened to my husband and I on our honeymoon (a long time ago before digital cameras!) and the camera was going bad. We lost almost half our pics and the others were not good. Luckily, we used a disposable camera also, and so we managed to get some good ones there! I hate when that stuff happens on a memorable trip. Fingers crossed for you...

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  17. Je suis desolé about your lost photos, Daryl.
    Love that metro stop. I don't remember seeing one like that.
    Paris with two friends like that would be wonderful fun, although I even enjoyed it with my husband, LOL.
    K

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  18. Lovely lovely Paris! How much fun you had! Look forward to stories of your adventures as well as your images. Sorry about the lost photos. Painful!

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  19. Hooray! You're back. Enjoying the photos and I am sure you'll find the missing ones.

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  20. A week in Paris is always a good thing. I would kill to be there right this second!
    Glad you got there and had a great time D!
    V

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  21. Hi there! Been absent a bit, but I know where YOU were. I see you had a great time....do you have some sort of recovery software? I'll be in Paris July 6th to 13th, after a week's stay in zee south of the countree.

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  22. Sounds like a great trip apart from the fact that it was shorter than expected! I'm enjoying all your photos.

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  23. Hi there, Welcome back Daryl. Sounds like you had a fabulous trip after the shaky start. I can just imagine the fun the three of you had in wonderful Paris. I'm with you on the coffee thing, but I did love at breakfast in the hotel they would bring a big jug of hot strong coffee and a jug of hot milk and you could make it your own way..looooved that, and at least three pastries :) Did you do a lot of walking? What was the weather like..come on dish the news haha!

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  24. Perseverance pays off. Sounds like you made the most of the week, and I love the photos in this post. What a sense of whimsy the French must have. I hope you recover those lost shots.

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  25. Good to have ya back!
    Love that Metro entrance.

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  26. Well, you certainly did not look sleep-deprived, but truly "in the pink." It seems like a long time ago...

    Bises,
    Genie

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  27. Oh, it sounds like you had a wonderful time! Welcome home!

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  28. Welcome back! It was nice to get to travel with you via Instagram!

    Love that picture of you and Mary reflected in the metro window:)

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  29. Just got back from making my rounds up and down the east coast....glad you had such a wonderful time, even if it was cut a bit short (but buddie passers can't be choosers, right! Although, I do understand a ticket can still be quite pricey from all the taxes and crap fees.)

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