the whole shebang

we did so much in paris in a short time
that a lot of it runs together
in my memory
 add to that
 where i store my pictures
 seems to have mixed order
 i am not sure why
i took of the eiffel tower
 all on one evening
 are separated/in between
 by photos
 i took earlier that day
 i know i wasnt  really paying attention
 to where i was all the time
 i knew
 where i was
 not the name of the area
 i counted on my photos to remind me
 of course
 i didnt always take photos of the street signs or metro stops
 i am going to try and share what we did
 in my own vague way
 remind you
 to pop over to genie's blog (click here)
she not only tells you what you're looking at
 she gives you background and how to get there!  


after we landed
 cabbed it to the apartment
dropped our luggage
 headed out
here's what we saw
in no particular order

i think
 after that
we met up with peter
went to a chic shop/restaurant called

 then it started to rain
 all i wanted to do was go home
 i was overtired
 having had maybe 2 hours of sleep on the plane
 so while mary and genie went to the market
 i had a bit of a melt down
 i am sure they were thinking
 what have we gotten ourselves into with this chick

i did get it together
 after i slept
 i was practically fun to be with

 we met friends
eyad and steve t

notre dame

looked around the bird and flower market

 then headed to brunch
 after that we made our way to

 wandered an outdoor art exhibit/sale
 meandered into the

 checked out the area

stopped for a bathroom break
had a pick me up at an outdoor cafe

 after getting a second wind
 we headed to the
Parc des Buttes Chaumont

when it began to rain
 we hotfooted it to

Rosa Bonheur
a bar in the park
where we waited it out
before heading out to find somewhere open for dinner

we and the rest of paris
could find open
 japanese restaurants

 i thought it would be easier to order there
 but what a dimbulb i am
trust me
if you cant order food off a french menu
 at a french restaurant or cafe
 you surely cant do it at a sushi restaurant
 in paris
 i will tell you this
we did not go hungry it 

monday was a holiday
 extremely rainy
 we met steve t
at gare l'est the train station

where we caught the train to

that evening
 we three had separate plans for dinner
i met steve t and we went to dinner with another former blogger
 rob and his partner gav

 who popped over from london
 - seriously -
 to see me!
  we ate at a fabulous restaurant
 on the edge of the marais
 place des vosges
le bonne soeur 

 was mary's birthday
 we met the
who took us on a tour of the 16th

 he guided us around some amazing places

lunch was had before we headed home to refresh
before meeting
 steve t at
le royal monceau raffles hotel's le bar long

by a trip
 to the top
  arc de triomphe

rain held off

we all got some wonderful views/photos of paris

 dinner was at a thai restaurant
back in le marais
 an area
 it was once the jewish quarter
 its winding streets are filled with shops restaurants and bars
in the evenings its also filled with adorable gay couples

i was on my own
 both mary and genie had plans
 so i wandered the marais again
 crisscrossing the bridges over the seine
to the ile st louis

 at an appointed hour
we met in the
place des vosges

 had a latte at a little cafe

before heading off again to wander streets in search of photos ops
 here's where i get fuzzy as to where we were

i do know that

mary and i did a little shopping at bon marche
 by a farewell dinner at
restaurant vivienne
 just across from our apartment

if you're still with me
you deserve these
as a reward

the seine

 the eiffel tower

louvre reflecting pool

all the rest
of my many paris photos
will be over at
through my eyes


  1. Wow! I melted down twice just reading that! And the pics (especially the rewards at the end :) magnifique!

    The sensory overload + language gap = a very trippy experience.

    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  2. Daryl, all I can say is "Wow!" Just "'Wow!"
    I'm out of breath just reading about it! I think you did better than I would have. Couldn't have kept up that pace! But how exciting!

  3. Great post and very beautiful photos!Thank you for sharing and have a nice day!

  4. Wow, what a trip. Several amazing photos, well, all amazing photos.

  5. You really did a lot. Wonderful shots but that last one is just spectacular!

  6. WOW you sure did a lot! Love, love the photos. x

  7. Oh wow, quite a trip - thanks for taking me around Paris :-)

  8. you look so wonderful having your latte

    I love the shot of the street with all the petals on the ground

    all of these shots are amazing!!

  9. Lovely memory Daryl. My most favorite part of being in Europe, anywhere in Europe, is wandering around trying to get the feel of the place. Having been born and raised in Prague and having lived in Paris, Geneva and now 1/2 the year in Oxfordshire, it almost all feels like home. I'm so glad you had this chance with yoru friends. Hopefully you'll get back there again soon. :)

  10. I'm glad you had a fun filled trip with great people and amazing places.
    I can't tell you, how wonderful it was to meet up with you after all this time.
    It's a highlight of my year and wouldn't have missed it!
    Again, soon!

  11. Ahhhhh, I needed my Paris fix this AM. Thanks D!
    Great shots all,

  12. I often melt down if I don't get enough sleep. Be thankful you were travelling from the East Coast instead of the West because that makes it so much worse. What a great trip. The photos don't need to be in order for me, they are all just fabulous.

  13. just an amazing trip! I enjoy each and every word and photo...all so wonderful.
    You did keep a brisk pace at all times to be able to see and experience so much!

  14. You got some wonderful photographs. I feel like I have been part of the fun. Off to your other blog..... :).

  15. Fabuloso! Oh wait I think that Italian?! :)
    What a grand trip you had!!! Thanks for sharing!


  16. Great Great shots and commentary...
    I do so want to go back to Paris..
    more so after your photos........

  17. Wow.. wonderful stuff. It's true what they say about seeing/loving Paris au prentemps/spring.

  18. Your photos are fab, Daryl, and it looks like the weather may have been good to you most of the time.

  19. Holy cow lady, those are some FANTASTIC "reward" shots!! Love that shot of the car at Merci and of you having a little reprieve with the latte at the cafe; you look ridiculously happy (and appropriately so)!

  20. Whew! No wonder we were worn out when we got home! Very nice assortment of photos, D.


  21. Beautiful, Beautiful Paris! You captured it well! The shots at the end are breathtaking!

  22. My goodness, what a trip this was, Daryl!
    Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful photographs here. xo.

  23. Absolutely stunning Daryl! And you look so Parisian and chic sitting there at the outdoor café! You squeezed a lot into your days in Paris!

  24. I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed these familiar sights Daryl. Bravo, wonderful images of a brilliant holiday..

  25. You certainly got some wonderful shots, and packed a lot of stuff into your day. Bon. Tres Bon.

  26. I read this at work while on a break the other afternoon and wanted to respond but had to get back at it. I love the story, the photos, all the Frenchness. This makes me want to go even more some day. Love it!

  27. stunning photos to document a whirlwind tour that sounds like it was full of fun!

  28. Wow!!!! What an amazing week full of beautiful sights and wonderful people. Each photo more beautiful than the next. The umbrellas, the cemetery (with the fallen petals), the night shots ... Love them all.

  29. You packed quite a lot into your time there - not a moment wasted. What a great trip, and fabulous photos to remember it by.


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