Loving Paris with My Daughter!
Bonjour mes amis,
Time is limited but will try to get out a blog using a compilation of three different cameras. Nutso! But first will make you laugh. The weather is quite cool, set to be twenty degrees less than a few days ago with highs in the low 70’s. We’re grateful!
Okay, we’ll see how good you are at reading my mind. The internet is dropping in and out because it’s Saturday and that makes working on my blog program almost impossible. The photos are out of sequence with my commentary, and I apologize but just takes too long to start all over. The first long series of photos belong with our Eiffel Tower day.
Thursday, it was misting rain and cloudy so we opted out of going to Montmartre and did our shopping day which was mostly inside. Had a great time as the hours flew by. We started with a quick lunch downstairs to thank our friend and neighbor, Richard Nahem, for printing our Eiffel Tower tickets. (That’s this afternoon at 5pm and we’re hoping for a little better experience but not holding our breath.) Hopefully, the rain has cleared away some of the dust!! Richard has become a dear part of our time in Paris, and we were thrilled to introduce him to Natalie.
We spent hours in Les Galeries Layfette and let Natalie buy all of the gifts for friends and co-workers. She had a ball and is discovering how time flies in Paris. We took a spin around to the Palais Garnier and then home about 7pm.
We finished Thursday evening with dinner at Le TresOr (too chilly to eat outside because the heaters weren’t working…ha!) and a walk down the rue des Rosiers in the Jewish district.
Friday was the very busiest day of our itinerary which started early about 9:45. We were off to the Champs Elysees and a trip up to the top of L’Arc de Triomphe.
Being typically Parisian, Natalie had a cup of cafe au lait on Les Champs.
A quick look inside the famous Louis Vuitton shop on the Champs.
We rushed off to our 12:30 reservation at the beautiful Cafe Marly inside the Louvre palace, followed by a stroll through Le Jardin des Tuileries.
Our third time at the Eiffel Tower was much better. They are making progress with the Plexi- glass security wall, AND I bought our tickets ahead of time. We got in line at 5pm for only five minutes and went straight up to the second floor. The summit was sold out, but Natalie actually preferred not going all the way up. The height freaked her out a bit! She took some great videos of the elevators going up and of her walking down to the first floor, but none would post. It was a beautiful day and breathtaking photographs from all of us. (These were the photos at the start of the blog.)
The grand finale for our evening was dinner at Cafe de L’Homme which sits directly across from the Tower. We had the absolute best table on the patio by chance. The night was a fabulous memory.
There were several street scene favorites:
Well, this has been a difficult blog to post due to all the technical problems. For those who know French, forgive the lack of accent marks. Think that would have pushed me over the edge. Today, we will spend time on the Left Bank.
August 11, 2018 @ 11:42 am
I think these are the best photos yet. Natalie won’t hesitate to return again. The expressive photos of her are priceless.
August 11, 2018 @ 11:53 am
Love these of Natalie! You and Bernie rolled out the red carpet! You two sell the city of Paris. Thank you for sharing!
Marlyn & Monica
August 11, 2018 @ 11:55 am
Natalie sure adds an extra spark of fun to your time in Paris. We’re so glad that the weather has improved for her. The photographs continue to be marvelous.
August 11, 2018 @ 12:14 pm
Oh, how I remember the frustration of trying to blog with the blinking internet. (Pun intended there) Thanks for following through. What a marvelous day, and Natalie is so cute with you two. I love the pictures from the tower; everything was so clear that day. Your photographers did a great job of keeping the horizon straight; something many people don’t do—just a little pet peeve of this photographer. Here’s hoping the weather behaves and the days are just as nice for the rest of Natalie’s visit.
August 11, 2018 @ 12:38 pm
Glad you had such fun! Thanks for sharing it.
August 11, 2018 @ 1:07 pm
A great day and it shows. I’ll quote you to show how it came across- ‘It was a beautiful day and breathtaking photographs from all of us.’ To top it off you had a tower of macarons to pick from. I noticed a smaller version of the Statue of Liberty that I don’t think I remember from before. Maybe you can arrange a scholarship for both Izzy and Natalie to travel with you each year. Both are great fun.
August 11, 2018 @ 1:48 pm
Looks like an incredible day, and glad the Eiffel Tower experience is getting back on track!
August 11, 2018 @ 2:04 pm
Despite all your technical difficulties, the joy of being with Natalie, in Paris, shines through. I hope you continue to be blessed with good weather and meaningful experiences for the three of you, as Natalie gets to know Paris.
August 11, 2018 @ 2:09 pm
What a treat to get to show your daughter the city you love so much. I’m glad it’s cooler for her visit.
August 11, 2018 @ 2:15 pm
A what a lovely collection of photos! Do not apologize! The telephoto pics from the Eiffel Tower are wonderful. So glad the weather has moderated for you, even with out the Bilbro cooling effect that usually works. 😉 so glad Natalie is having a great time with such perfect tour guides.
August 11, 2018 @ 3:22 pm
This is my favorite blog of the year, Linda. Such great photos and I can feel your abundant joy in sharing it all with Natalie! And she is obviously having the time of her life. Enjoy every minute. 💕
August 11, 2018 @ 4:19 pm
Great photos! I especially liked the “1,000€ purse” photo. Bernie’s look of astonishment and Your look of satisfied determination were priceless.
August 11, 2018 @ 4:39 pm
Yea! to you for posting everything you did for us to enjoy. I would stay in Paris just to eat the desserts. They are truly a work of art.
August 11, 2018 @ 6:24 pm
Well done Linda on posting this marvellous account and equally marvellous photos. Love the header photo and agree with David S’s comment about the 1000 euro purse one — a perfect caption to go with both of your expressions 🙂
Beautiful people, beautiful photos, beautiful city and together time! The older I get the more I realise the most precious gift our adult children can give us is the gift of their time. Thrilled for you all and agree with Natalie’s reaction to the stinky pissoir!
Cheers and hugs across the Channel. Looking forward to the next installment of L&B&N&Paris!
August 11, 2018 @ 7:29 pm
Linda, Bernie, and Natalie — I was right there with you!! Recognized some things L and B had shown me also. Cafe Angelique was one. I’m so longing to go to Paris again — it’s been six years. Maybe in 2019. Thank you for taking time to recreate your time and share with us, Linda and Bernie! XO Jeanie
August 11, 2018 @ 8:27 pm
Great blog. Thanks Linda. Helps to relive memories.