Friday, July 29, 2016

Celebrating Paris!

The full moon over the Seine
Hello, all! I am back from my trip to Paris and I had an amazing trip, to put it mildly. I can now understand why Paris has a reputation as such a special place. To say it is a beautiful city is an understatement!

I am still working on getting back to reality and my brain doesn't seem capable of stringing words together for a proper post at the moment, so I thought I would just share some of my favorite pictures from the trip. I took so many I'm surprised my phone didn't explode. But, in addition to the one above, here are a few that bring back some of my most cherished memories of my week in the City of Light.

The stately and spectacular Arc de Triomphe:



The courtyard of the Louvre, which my niece and I stumbled upon through a back entrance. The museum was closed and, with a lone violinist playing in the background, the place felt like the setting of a fairy tale.



The cafe in St. Germain where I had a yummy lunch and enjoyed champagne cocktails as we sat outside and people-watched.


Inside the Musee D'Orsay:



The stunningly beautiful Sacre Coeur church lit up in the night sky. The church was only a five minute walk from the loft where we stayed in Montmartre.


Of course, I can't celebrate a trip to Paris without a picture of the Eiffel Tower. :)








This post is my entry for this week's Celebrate the Small Things Hop. The hop is hosted by my buddy Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G Keltner at Writing Off the Edge and Tonja Drecker at Kidbits. Visit Lexa's blog here to find out how join in the hop yourself and to see the list of participants.




I'm looking forward to catching up in blogland today and jumping back in in a big way next week when I will be co-hosting the IWSG. Happy weekend, all!

29 comments:

  1. Hi Julie - I hadn't realised you'd been over here (well Paris here!) - how wonderful ... it looks like you saw and visited some amazing places ... the Louvre must have been closed in case of flooding (early June) ... and perhaps they just hadn't got themselves back to being organised - such a pity.

    But bet you had a wonderful time .. and with lots of stories to tell from that loft in Montmartre ... looking forward to seeing more photos, reading more about the trip etc ...

    sounds just amazing ... cheers Hilary

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  2. Welcome back! Looks like an awesome trip. That church is rather amazing.

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  3. Glad you had such a wonderful trip! Your photos are lovely. I especially liked the church and the full moon shot. Thanks for sharing them!

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  4. @Hilary, oh, the Louvre was just closed for the evening, we did get to go another day! Fortunately the flooding problems were all over when we were there. We really did have a fantastic time. Thanks!

    @Alex, isn't it? So beautiful!

    @Lori, those are my two favorite pics. Thank you!

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  5. Are you Home?! I've been seeing your pics on FB and now these are gorgeous!!!!! I'd love to go there some day!!!!

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  6. So glad you had fun Julie. The pictures are spectacular. Welcome home!

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  7. Oh wow, it looks amazing . . . Paris is somewhere I would love to visit one day. So pleased to hear you had a lovely trip.

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  8. @Cathy, yeah, I'm home and trying to adjust to reality!

    @Deanie, thanks!

    @Suzanne, I hope you make it. Thanks!

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  9. The pics are fabulous and Paris looks exquisite! No wonder Parisians are so proud of their city and way of life -- sophisticated, elegant, and artistic. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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  10. No doubt, You've gotta be celebrating, and still pinching yourself in disbelief over your amazing trip, but I wouldn't call it a "small thing" to celebrate. I mean, come on! You went to PARIS, girl! That is soooooo awesome. I'll be looking forward to hearing (and seeing) more about it. I hope you got to eat lots of good food.

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  11. Welcome back! Those pictures are so lovely. I can only imagine how much more gorgeous all these places were in person!

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  12. What gorgeous pictures! Glad you enjoyed your trip. I have to admit to being slightly jealous. It's probably been almost 25 years since I last went to Paris...

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  13. Nice photos, Julie! My favorite is the one of the church. And I absolutely love the idea of the lone violinist making that one moment feel like a fairytale. :)

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  14. I'm happy for you. I wish it were me, but I can still be happy for you.

    Love,
    Janie

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  15. Welcome back! I know exactly how you feel because when I came back it just seemed so u real and I wanted to go right back:) wonderful pictures and can't wait to see and read more about your trip

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  16. It's my favourite city so had to check your post! Montmartre is a neat place to stay, and we enjoyed our walkabout there. We stayed in the Marais. Glad you had a good time and hope you had lots of good food too. I think the wine is better there - did you see the small vineyard in Montmartre?

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  17. So gorgeous.. i really want to visit Paris one day:)

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  18. Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures. Looks like you had a wonderful trip.

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  19. Gorgeous pictures! Looks like you had a great time. So glad. Lol! Too bad we have to come back home at one point.

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  20. @Lexa, those three words describe the city perfectly. Thanks and I hope you are enjoying your weekend as well.

    @Susan, I did and maybe a little too much as now my pants are tight! LOL oh well. :D

    @Heather, thanks!! I had fun but I'm glad to be back to normal life too.

    @Kate, I hope you can visit again someday. Thanks so much.

    @Madeline, I think that violinist is my favorite memory of the whole trip. It was like we'd wandered into another time. Just beautiful and surreal too.

    @Janie, LOL, thank you!

    @Birgit, yes, I feel just the same way. And you were right about people being friendly, the people we encountered were delightful. There were a few rude folks but no more than you can encounter anywhere.

    @DG, I agree that the wine is better! The funny thing is I don't usually even care for wine but in Paris is just seemed different. But I didn't know there was a vineyard right in Montmartre. Something to look for on another trip. :)

    @TF, I hope you do, I'm sure you will love it too. I don't see how anyone wouldn't be enchanted by it.

    @Tamara, we really did, thanks.

    @T, yeah, it's a shame LOL but it's good to be home too. :)


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  21. That was one wonderful trip you had. So glad you enjoyed your time. Welcome home.

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  22. What a marvelous experience. My daughter spent a semester in Paris. Always wished I could have joined her. Welcome back!

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  23. Lucky you! Paris is such a beautiful city. I went there once when I was a kid, but I don't think I appreciated it as much as I would now that I'm older. Based on what I read about it and all the pictures I've seen, I can understand why so many people go there for vacations and to write (like Hemingway).

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  25. Paris is hardcore on my list of places to visit!!! So glad you had a great trip!

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  26. So jealous:) And so happy for you as well. Looks like a fantastic trip!

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  27. Hi human, Julie,

    Pawesome Paris! What an experience for your good self. Now you have to reset yourself to your own time zone.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny :)

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  28. Wow. Awesome pictures. Sounds like you had a fabulous time. I'm happy for you.

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  29. My favourite city! I can't wait to go back. Thanks for the pictures :)

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