I loved Paris.
Yes, i can happily report it was everything I dreamed it would be and despite a 48hr journey to get there (oh yes, the highs and lows of staff travel) when i emerged from the station on our way to the apartment the scene that met me was straight out of a movie. The summer night was hot, the cafes were full of merry people smoking cigarettes and drinking rose, i swear I even heard an accordion. It was straight off the set of a Parisian Woody Allen film and I immediately fell in love. For the next four days, fueled by jet lag and espresso, Jimmy and I dragged Leanne and Nate around the city, walking for miles as we checked out the tourist sites, took way to many selfies and admired each and every window and shutter within a 20 mile radius.
I was so happy to be able to share this place and these memories with my sister and brother-in-law. Many of our travel experiences over the past few years have sadly been absent of my family so to have them here with us meant the world to me and i will cherish those moments forever - their feet however may feel differently, we did walk a lot.
I don't even know what it was about Paris that I loved most? The food, the wine, those balconies, the fact that it didn't get dark until 9pm, the bicycles, the strange but chic fashion, the loaves of bread everywhere.
We had four action packed days where we saw the Eiffel Tower, enjoyed our local neighbourhood in Le Marais, walked along the Seine, checked out the Louvre, Moulin Rouge, old cemeteries, St Germain, Le Jardine Luxembourg, Montmartre, The Bastille and countless bakeries on countless corners to refuel on espresso and gelato. It was truly a blissful four days, not nearly enough time to cover all the ground I wanted and I can't wait to go back. I apologize in advance for the next week or so as I relive my adventures but I'll be posting far too many photos of shutters in an attempt to transport myself back to Paris (even if in my memory only) but please indulge me...and hope you enjoy.