It is not Spring time yet but Paris is a beautiful city even in the rain. The architecture is magnificent, the food is great and the wine is memorable. We took a couple on a tour of Paris last spring time. It was their first trip so we hit the top tourist attractions:
- Musée du Louvre
- Musée d’Orsay
- Eiffel Tower
- Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre
- Arc de Triomphe
- Hotel des Invalides
We also walked neighborhoods like the left bank, right bank, Champs-Elysées, and Montmartre. We stayed 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 we prefer a French espresso in the mooring with a flakey croissant. Only the French and only in Paris is the croissant done correctly. George often tells people, if after eating one there is not a mess of crumbs on you, it is not a good croissant.
We also be made two side 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 toured 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 took a high-speed train (200 MPH) from Paris (Gare Est – East Train Station) to Reims. It was 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. Every bucket list should include a romantic stop in Paris!
George & Jo Anne