Weekend Snapshots Around a Windy Paris
Waking up with no distinct intentions is such a nice feeling, and there’s no better place to be than in Paris on a weekend for simply wandering around.
On Saturday, I actually cooked a delicious late lunch in the apartment and then we decided to enjoy the roof top at Les Galeries Lafayette for dessert and call it good for the day as far as food was concerned. It’s usually a 15 minute subway ride with one change, but that day we encountered the anti-vaccine pass “manifestations” happening simultaneously all over the city. At least half the subway stops were closed on Line 1 to discourage crowd gatherings which meant we rode and rode for thirty minutes without getting to the point of change to a different subway line. A bit frustrating to say the least. Finally, we made it work and enjoyed a brief while on the rooftop until a windy storm blew up and the rain began. I did have enough good weather to capture a few photos.
On Sunday morning, I did one of my favorite activities which is to walk across rue St. Paul, through the ancient passageway and into the side entrance of Èglise St. Paul/St. Louis. I only stay for 15-20 minutes to say my prayers and inhale the majesty of this gorgeous church. Though I understand very little of what the priest is saying, it’s a holy moment of private worship for me.
We invited the Bilbros to join us for lunch/brunch at the tearoom inside the Musée Jacquemart Andre. It was as sparely occupied as I have ever seen it. We had a delightful meal but Jim forgot our selfie! We’re missing our dear British friends, Malcolm and Antonia, because this is where we met them many years ago and have nurtured a special friendship. Here’s a look at the entrance and our lunch.
Jim and Peggy left for the Luxembourg Gardens and we were headed to Parc Monceau, a lesser known treasure in Paris. We were close enough to walk and found ourselves on a new street with new surprises.
Sorry, the photos never load in the correct sequence. Now a look at Parc Monceau.
Our next “wandering” was a mile walk to Les Champs Elysées and what a treasure we found along the way…a new church for us, Russian Orthodox, where a screaming little baby was being baptized. We hated to infringe on such a private gathering but other folks like us were inside the church. It is tucked away on a side street in what obviously is a Russian neighborhood. Oh, the delights of Paris.
Our lovers for the day are definitely a “cheat” on my part. I saw this posted on FB and couldn’t resist.
So, a question for you. One amongst you has suggested that I limit my posts to twice a week with the position that less is more. If you agree, let me know, and I will gladly adjust. I don’t want to overwhelm you!
L & B
August 9, 2021 @ 9:06 am
Morning Linda, please don’t stop your daily posts. We love them. In this instance less is less.
We wish we could have been with you for lunch at the Jacquemart. It would have been great and I also love the salade Van Dyke!
There is a Greek Orthodox Church also off the George’s V which is worth visiting .
Did you see the Olympic fly past yesterday around the Trocadero for Paris 2024? It was featured live yesterday in the Olympic closing ceremony. It looked truly wonderful.
Much love, Antonia
August 9, 2021 @ 9:10 am
Merci, Antonia. We missed the fly-by. We heard it at lunch but didn’t realize what it was. Oh, to have been at the Tour Eiffel when that was happening!
Miss you guys!!
August 9, 2021 @ 10:26 am
Absolutely KEEP THE DAILY POSTS!! I know it’s a lot of work for you, but what joy to wake up to each morning! If you’re willing to keep posting, PLEASE stay with the dailies! That’s my vote and I’m sticking to it!
Monica & Marlyn
August 9, 2021 @ 11:16 am
Less would be less for us, too! We start our days enjoying the pictures and adventures. Loved the splashes of purple today. Please post as often as works for you!
August 9, 2021 @ 11:21 am
Please to do not limit your postings to twice a week. After my morning meditation and prayer, your blog is the next thing I read. I so look forward to it! I enjoy Paris vicariously through your blog; it brings back memories; it introduces me to new sites to see and the photos are wonderful; and I stay connected to you and Bernie. So, that’s a big NO for me.
Loved today’s different sites!
August 9, 2021 @ 11:48 am
I love the daily posts! I love Paris and love visiting that beautiful city with you. Less would not be more in this case!
Lynne Berry Vallely
August 9, 2021 @ 11:58 am
Holy Cow, please don’t, this is the best wake up! That person can read daily or save and read when they want. Let me put it another way – do what YOU want. It’s your gift.
August 9, 2021 @ 12:17 pm
I would miss the morning “treat,” but I know personally how much time and angst it takes to post daily. I can go either way, since I was already worrying that daily posts took away from your pleasure. Though, if you are like me, you are constant thinking about the post, even if done twice weekly—looking for things to post, considering phrasing, and even editing in your mind. It would be less writing, but probably not less work.
August 9, 2021 @ 12:25 pm
I look forward to reading your blog EVERY morning with my coffee and yogurt so PLEASE post everyday as always 😊
August 9, 2021 @ 12:30 pm
I suggest you continue daily if you can…. It is only for such a short time you are there! No one has to read them everyday if it is too much!
August 9, 2021 @ 12:33 pm
I love your posts just as they are and agree that “less would be less.” Merci for the time and care required to maintain a travel blog.
August 9, 2021 @ 12:39 pm
Ditto Charles. And I loved the feathered lovers of the day!
August 9, 2021 @ 1:13 pm
I enjoy your blog with my first cup of coffee every morning and like others, I would miss it on a DAILY basis.
August 9, 2021 @ 2:15 pm
I love your posts. They brighten my day. Please continue them daily.
August 9, 2021 @ 2:56 pm
I really look forward to your posts and enjoy reading about your adventures and examining every photo!These posts are such a lovely present that you share with us. You should post on a schedule that works for you, not others. Thank you for sharing Paris with us.
August 9, 2021 @ 3:24 pm
‘Less is more’ – what kind of moron would come up with something like that? Now what in the world would possess someone to say something like that? I guess it takes all kinds. Off subject, but I discovered a new Olympic sport — Rhythmic gymnastics. If you have a chance to view it, I think you would enjoy it.
August 9, 2021 @ 6:52 pm
Please do not limit. I love it all! Feel like I am there again!
August 9, 2021 @ 7:17 pm
Please don’t eliminate anything. We look forward to your posts and find the pictures so enjoyable. Also your posts brings back wonderful memories of Paris and our times spent there.
Appreciate all your diligence to the daily posts.
August 9, 2021 @ 10:10 pm
Oh no. I so look forward to your blog being my first read of the morning. Don’t change
August 10, 2021 @ 12:58 am
Linda. Pls ignore my comment about Musee Carnavelt. I was thinking of Pavillions de Bercy in the 12th
August 10, 2021 @ 4:09 am
I concur with all that has been written. Your daily musings are a true delight and gift to all who read them. It goes without saying to take care of yourselves and your time first, but from the posts in reply it is clear your offerings are highly prized. Thank you for the gift of virtual travel.
August 10, 2021 @ 2:45 pm
Stay with daily please! When you are in Paris and posting your blog, for a few minutes each day, I get to be there too. I miss Paris so much and I love seeing it through your eyes. Your pictures often spark a memory from one of my own trips so that is another bonus for me. The “other person” can feel free to read you less if they desire, but I think those of us who have followed your blog for years treasure it the way it is!
August 10, 2021 @ 4:07 pm