Went to Paris for the Seine

It’s been an eventful year, and the other day, I was lamenting the fact that I haven’t taken that many photos this year compared to other years.  But, then one of my Paris pictures popped up on my screensaver, and I remembered I WAS THERE in the Spring! And, I took a lot of pictures!  Posts are likely to remain sporadic for the next while as I continue with work and pursue Life Coach training on the side, but it’s important to me to also at least dabble on the creative side.

Paris was all about spending as much time near, and on, the Seine, as possible, and the pictures I took reflected that.  When you visit any new city, especially one like Paris, it’s impossible to see and do everything, so you pick and choose the things you think you’ll enjoy the most, and living in land-locked Saskatchewan, that meant being near the water.

River Seine from two of the high vantage points in Paris…up the 422 stairs of the Notre Dame Towers, and the Eiffel Tower.

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Views of Paris from the Seine on three different tours…tour boat, Batobus (the boat bus), and an evening cruise.

from the tourist boat

Nice reminder of visiting New Orleans listening to this brass band

on the tourist boatfrom the tourist boat 3on the tourist boat 2evening cruise

From the Pont des Arts Bridge (thought I’d read that all the locks had been removed but there were still quite a few all along the bridge).

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Walking along the Seine…

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Saturday morning stroll

spot the sun worshipper in the red speedo…

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Morning coffee view from the apartment…

from apartment window

And ending a day of exploring…

cheers

 

 

ceilings of the Louvre

“Remember to look at the ceilings in the Louvre!”

That’s the advice I took to heart in Paris.  The Louvre is intimidating – it’s the biggest and most visited museum in the world, so not only is there so much to see (over 35 000 works of art), you are often jockeying for a prime position to view a piece of art.  My advice to both beat the line-ups and to navigate through the crowds is to book a skip the line tour.  I booked an Express Tour through Viator, and with our guide, our group breezed through the line, and we were provided with a good overview of the collection. By no means did we see it all (that would take months!), but it was a solid introduction.

And, honestly, mostly I took pictures of the ceilings! Amazing!

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Walking Along the Seine

One of my favourite parts of Paris was being near the Seine River. After a long, cold winter, the real purpose of the trip was not to visit the museums, eat the food, and drink the wine (okay that was part of it, too!!),  but to be outside and explore the city on foot.

Every day, and night, included a walk along the river.

spring afternoon by the seineNotre Dame at night

 

 

Paris in the Spring

Paris is always a good idea. -Audrey Hepburn

After two weeks in Paris, it’s back to work and back to the real world.  Paris was everything I imagined it would be and more.  It sparked my imagination, and I wanted to check off the “study” box on my customs form on the return to Canada instead of “personal” because I really felt like I was just there to soak it up all up and study the Parisian way of life!

I’ll share more photos over the coming weeks, but for now, here’s a picture of the Paris skyline from the Towers of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Paris from Notre Dame Towers on a Sunday Afternoon

Sunday Night in Paris

It was a rainy first day in Paris, but the rain made for some pretty picture taking opportunities…this is at the end of the bridge (Pont Saint-Louis) which links the two islands in Paris – Ile Saint Louis and Ile de la Cite.

Just go!

Posts have been few and far between for a number of different reasons, but quietly in the background, a trip to Paris has been planned! It’s getting very close to lift off, and I hope to have many pictures to share in the weeks to come.

somewhere over Minnesota, March 2016

Everyone I’ve talked to about Paris seems to have a strong opinion. It’s beautiful! The food was amazing! Wine is cheap! Paris in the Spring! You’ll love it! People are rude! Dog poop is everywhere! I would never go back!  I’ve tried to take those opinions with a grain of salt because travel is very personal, What one person thinks is an amazing destination, is on another person’s “I would never go there!” list.  (Jamaica is on that list for me.) My only travel advice is if you want to go somewhere, just go!

I thought it would be fun to pick just one photo from each of the last few trips to capture what I liked the most about each one.

Elk Island National Park, near Edmonton Alberta, Summer 2017 (one of the best places to watch a sunset!)

 

Puerto Vallarta, Banderas Bay, March 2017

 

Island Lake Lodge, August 2016 for a classic Canadian wilderness scene.

Prince Albert National Park, June 2016 (another classic Canadian wilderness scene)

New Orleans, March 2016. This was a hard one because I pretty much love everything about New Orleans. But one of my favourite things was walking along Royal Street at night in the French Quarter to take pictures of the window displays. This was in the window of the Red Truck Gallery.

Jasper National Park, July 2015. I love talking animal pictures.

Watching surfers, Maui, March 2105

This is not far from home at all…near Regina, summer 2015

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC, June 2014

…and still one of my favourite pictures I’ve ever taken…Great Bear Rainforest, June 2013

All of these pictures make me realize I’m very lucky to be able to travel and to see and experience many different places.