Where even the dogs poop with panache

16 10 2010

This is my third time in Paris, Katie’s second. We’ve done most of the touristy things in previous visits, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Jardins Luxembourg, the Tuleries, the Musée D’orsay, the boat ride along the Seine, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe.

This short visit is more about immersing ourselves in Paris, mingling with the people, breathing the air of this most vibrant, exuberant and stylish of cities. Heck, even the dogs have panache, with their jaunty cravates, er neckerchiefs. And, weirdly enough, they even understand french!

It hasn’t taken us long to acclimatize to the city. We navigate the Metro like pros, and we play the part of Parisiens so well, other tourists come up to us to ask for directions!

Where New York pulses with energy, Paris simmers. Here, it’s not so much what you do, but that you look good doing it and make sure to take time to linger over a glass of wine or tasse de café along the way. Sharp-dressed businessmen pedal to work, or to important meetings, aboard their Velib Paris rental bikes, their ties blowing past their collars in the breeze. Police drive three or four to a vehicle, none of them looking particularly stressed about whatever situation they’re heading to.

Today we walked up through the Latin Quarter along Rue Monge, stopped at Shakespeare and Co. english bookstore, past Notre Dame, and then out to the Marais district towards Bastille.

The sight of Notre Dame cathedral never gets old, no matter how many times you've seen it.

The guidebooks say the Marais can be a little tough in some parts, but the streets we walked were lined with upscale boutiques. We stopped at Place des Vosges, a beautiful square in the heart of the Marais and at the Musée Carnavalet, which tells the history of Paris through the eyes of painters, as well as displays recreating renowned shops and a grand ballroom. It’s a little out of the way, and not as well known as all the other museums and galleries of Paris, but it’s worth seeking out. Best of all, it’s free.

Places des Vosges, in the Marais district.




One response

17 10 2010

This makes me want to go! Beautiful

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