Remembering Paris

July 14, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Today is Bastille Day in France or as it’s known in France, la Fête nationale. We’ve been looking at all things French this week on the blog leading up to this important day in the land of one of our closest allies and of course the home of beautiful design. Whether you are talking about clothes, architecture, or interior design Paris will always be known as the cradle of beauty when it comes to creating and design. We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve visited Paris twice, we were there for a day trip last Summer when we were on vacation with our friends and their family and then we were there for a week in 2012. Today I want to share some images from our trip in 2012, so join me for a stroll down memory lane and the streets of Paris. Enjoy!!!

Strolling along the Seine you see boats of all shapes and sizes. 

Each bridge that spans the Seine is different, here is the entrance to one of the bridges with gilded winged horses on top. 

A famous landmark peeking through the trees. 

The view down the Champs Élysée from atop the Arc de Triomphe. 

I have this as my screen saver, a picture we took in the Tuileries Garden as we walk up to the Louvre.

The front of the Louvre and the entrance in the I.M. Pei pyramid. 

This was a lady begging outside the Louvre, it was one of those surreal moments when you are outside a building filled with some of the world’s greatest works of art and she was outside the door.

We rented a wonderful 2 bedroom flat in Paris from the Haven In Paris group, it was a wonderful experience. This was the view out our front window onto Boulevard Saint-Germain.

Part of one day was spent on a walking chocolate tour of Paris, our guide Victor took us to his favorite church in Paris that was along the walking route. 

Returning to our flat after a long day of walking, eating chocolate and sightseeing. 

Sacré Couer is at the highest point in Paris in the Montmartre area of Paris.

The view of Paris from high atop Sacré Couer.

The view a little closer to the church. You don’t see them but there’s a lot of stairs between here and the area directly in front of the church, the large green circle on the right is a beautiful carousel. 

After we left Sacré Couer we were walking and found the outdoor art market in Montmartre. 

One of my favorite things we did on our trip was spending a couple of hours in the Père Lachaise Cemetery. It was filled with beautiful monuments. 

The grave of Jim Morrison.

This is one of my favorite pictures we took on the trip, I still think I’m going to have it blown up and framed. 

On our last day in Paris, we visited the home of artist Auguste Rodin, the house and gardens are filled with art and amazing. 

One of many amazing sculptures in Rodin’s garden. 

Rodin’s home is filled with art but not all of it was created by him, artwork given to him by friends is also on display like this Van Gogh. 

Truly spectacular!!

Au Revoir Paris, until we meet again. 

 

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