Paris is a beautiful city even in the rain. The architecture is magnificent, the food is great and the wine is memorable. We are taking a couple on a tour of Paris soon. It is their first trip so we will hit the top tourist attractions:
- Musée du Louvre
- Musée d’Orsay
- Eiffel Tower
- Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre
- Arc de Triomphe
- Hotel des Invalides
We will also walk neighborhoods like the left bank, right bank, Champs-Elysées, and Montmartre. We will be staying near my favorite street in Paris, Montorgueil. This pedestrian walk way has many small cafes, fish stores, fruit stands, fresh vegetable stands, etc. There is even a Starbucks but I prefer a French expresso in the mooring with a flakey croissant. Only the French and only in Paris is the croissant done correctly. I often tell people, if after eating one there is not a mess of crumbs on you, it is not a good croissant.
We will also be making three to trips outside of Paris (in addition to Versailles which is in a suburb of Paris).
- Reims (Champagne Region) – No trip to France should be done without a trip to Champagne for a tasting of real French Champagne. We will be touring the Tattinger cellars in Reims. Reims is a beautiful city with its own Notre Dame (Our Lady). Many French cities have one commemorating the Blessed Mary. We will take a high-speed train (200 MPH) from Paris (Gare Est – East Train Station) to Reims. It is a 45 minute trip on the high-speed train (one and a half hours on the normal train).
- Gilverny – Monet’s house. Gilverny is another beautiful small french city. It can be reached by train from Paris (Gare St-Lazare – St. Lazare train station).
Paris in the Spring will be beautiful and memorable. I will BLOG about it on our return.
George & Jo Anne