Friday, May 31, 2013

Parisian Poodles

*WARNING: Prepare yourself for an extremely long, sentimental post about Paris!! With pics!

Bonjour Poodles!!

I wore my Grandma's poodle pin
throughout Paris!! 
Paris was the first stop on our European Vacation, and it was glorious!!

Our hotel was a mere few blocks from the bea-u-ti-ful Palais Garnier Opera House!

The Palais Garnier Opera House
was the inspiration for the opera house
in the Gaston Leroux novel, The Phantom of the Opera!
I loved it!! And so did Husband!!
So very beautiful!!
The Grand Staircase!
source: Wikimedia Commons
Stunning!!
The Hotel Edouard 7 is a delightful boutique hotel, with the most wonderful staff. Friendly, helpful, and genuinely nice. Our room was spotlessly clean (which is always top of my list), had gorgeous furnishings, and a MASSIVE bathroom!!

Hotel Edouard 7
39 Avenue de l'Opera
Insanely comfortable bed and
gorgeous damask fabric walls!! 
HUGE, CLEAN bathroom, with a wonderfully hot
and powerful shower! Plus tons of storage!
And the breakfast!!! Oh my!! Never have I had a croissant like I had my first morning in Paris! So utterly flakey and fluffy! Followed by a precisely made, true omelet with an amazing dressing, REAL hot chocolate, and butter for everything. Creamy, delicious, "this is what butter is supposed to taste like", butter!

Breakfast in a beautiful room
with an incredible view!
YUM!!

There was so much to see and do in Paris, that there was no way we could fit it all in two days! But we did our best!!

One of my favorite places we visited, was the Jardin des Tuileries; where I caught my FIRST view of the Eiffel Tower! I was ecstatic!



Lawn Mower! Ha!
You must hold hands with your loved one,
as you stroll thru the Jardin des Tuileries!
I also adored the Champ de Mars! A superb garden space, right in front of the Eiffel Tower!!


I was dizzy with happiness at being so close to the Eiffel Tower, and I did a lot of frolicking there.

Ha!!!

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I wore this charming dress by Bernie Dexter for my first Eiffel Tower visit!
It has a print reminiscent of Monet's gardens at Giverny.
I wore it several times on my trip, and it always looked fabulous!!
My sister was horrified to learn that I did not step one toe inside the Louvre. Eek! It was ginormous!! I was overwhelmed just being outside of it and seeing the sheer size of the museum. Plus, I'm an impressionist lover, and the D'Orsay was my museum of choice. Sorry sister.

Too Much!! Aaaahh!
Musee d'Orsay
No cameras allowed inside, but the
paintings were exquisite!
Riding on the double decker Rouge Buses, was a great way to get around the city and see all the major sites. We could get on and off as we liked, and it saved us much time and effort trying to find places on our own.

Hop on Les Cars Rouges at the Palais Garnier,
and Hop off at the Arc de Triomphe!
We spent most of one of our two days, at Versailles. Even more overwhelming in scope than the Louvre, Versailles was acre upon acre of loveliness! So much to see and do!!! My favorite area was the Petit Trianon, and the tiny village hamlet built for Marie Antoinette.

Outside the Golden Gates of Versailles
The Hall of Mirrors

Path to the Petit Trianon

We sat for a spell, and had pretty pastel Ladurée macarons
outside the Petit Trianon! Scrumptious!!!
These enchanting gardens in the Queen's Hamlet,
reminded me so much of
Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor's garden!
Such orderly rows!!

Our two days in Paris flew by, and soon it was time to say Au Revoir!!

A romantic evening to end our Parisian getaway!
Next it will be Buon Giorno Roma!!


10 comments :

  1. Love! Can't wait for the next post :)

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  2. Thanks! We took so many pictures, it is taking forever to go through them and choose! I forgot to put Notre Dame on here, and the Seine! Oh well! It was an insanely long post as is!! ;)

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    1. You will love Rome and Venice too!!! I can't wait for you to see all the pictures!
      ~xoxo!!

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  4. Awww, j'adore your lovely post about Paris (which was not long, in my books - but then again, I tend to love a lengthy post whether I'm reading or writing it). Thank you for sharing all of these special memories and images with us, honey.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. It's wonderful to be able to share some of our vacation memories! Paris seems so far away after Italy, but it was lovely there. We took a million pictures, so it has been very hard to decide which ones to post. I hope you enjoy the Italy ones coming up! ;)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  5. how fun! i have always imagined you frolicking in Paris, and there you are. Can't wait to see more pics!!!

    p.s. my favorite photo is you at ardin des Tuileries with the man in the background...

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    1. Like how he's posing with that statue?? HeHe! Miss you! I loved Paris, it reminded me in many ways of San Francisco, only cleaner. Ha! But my heart belongs to Italy! ;) Lots more pics to come!
      ~xoxo

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  6. The pic of you with your breakfast at the window was my favorite. I could just feel how fabulous it was. Awesome!

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    1. It felt very surreal being there. Like, "Oh look, there's the Eiffel Tower. THE Eiffel Tower!" It was beautiful, and I wish we had more time there. I guess we'll have to take another trip! ;)

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