Strolling Through Paris, Part One

Back with another installment of our Places We’d Rather Be Right now. This time, we’re heading to Paris, one of our favorite cities in the world. Paris has been a frequent destination, and we have a lot of pictures from there, so we’re going to break this one into two segments. Hope you don’t mind a couple days strolling around the City of Lights.

Staying in the 1st arrondissement, many mornings start with a stroll down Boulevard des Capucines toward Place de la Madeline and the Greek-style L’eglise de la Madeline.

Where in warmer months, the front is all in bloom.

A pop into the Laduree on the corner is a must, whether to sit down to pain perdu and an omelette, or to grab a couple takeaway macarons to snack on.

Then its on to the Tuileries.

Go to the left and you run into the Louvre.

Go to the right and you run into the Place de la Concorde and Musee de l’Orangerie – the best museum in Paris.

The museum is the permanent home of eight floor to ceiling Water Lillies murals by Claude Monet. Just like any museum in Paris, it can get crowded, but never so much that it ruins the tranquility the paintings bring.

Spend as much time as you need to take in the beauty, before heading out and walking along the River Seine towards the Ile de la Cite, home to Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame.

This is a pre-fire photo

Late afternoon will hit and it will be time for a break and a drink. Pop into a sidewalk cafe for a bottle of wine, or if you want something a little harder, the L’Opera martini at the Le Grand is one of the best in the city.

Finally, on to one of the prettiest places to finish the night, Cristal Room Baccarat in the Musee Baccarat. The exposed brickwork, large mirrors, and crystal chandeliers all mix together in an opulent and romantic fashion. The food is very good, and the service is top quality.

Looking back through all these pictures, all we can say is we’re ready to go back! After all… Paris is always a good idea.

25 thoughts on “Strolling Through Paris, Part One

  1. Such beautiful photos and such beautiful weather! ❤

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    1. Thank you! Nothing better than a beautiful day in Paris!


  2. We were there in September to celebrate our anniversary…the Louvre is amazing . Sad to see the destruction of Notre Dame …

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    1. September is one of the best times to visit! We haven’t been back since the fire, but are dreading seeing Notre Dame in its post-fire state.


  3. What a lovely day, thanks for letting me come along!

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  4. Strolling through Paris is always a good idea. Although we visited in early spring and it rained a lot, we still loved every minute of our trip, especially the bookshops. Thanks for sharing and safe travels 😀 Aiva

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    1. Paris really does have some great bookshops! Thanks for reading and safe travels to you as well!

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  5. Great photos! I’d love to go to Paris!

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    1. Thanks! It is such a wonderful place!

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  6. Thank you for sharing your Paris impressions. I also would like to go back, but right now is likely not the best time. The Louvre is closed, and I don’t know about other museums. Everybody is afraid of contagion.

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    1. It is certainly not the best time for travel. We have a trip planned to Italy late May that is now completely up in the air.

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      1. Much can happen between now and then, and for everyone’s sake, I hope you will be able to travel by then!

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  7. Gorgeous post. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Beautiful pics. Loved them all.

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  9. Adding Musee Baccarat to my must-see list! Did you know Monet himself chose the placement of the water lily paintings so they’d get the ideal light?

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    1. I did! He also insisted that they be cemented to the walls so that they could not be removed! Thanks for reading.

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      1. I didn’t know about the cemented in place part. Let’s hope nothing ever happens to the building!

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      2. Exactly right!! Have a good day!

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  10. I love your photography here and you two certainly know how to look after yourselves – opera martinis and fancy restaurants!

    Actually, I’m not sure you’d rather be in Paris at present as it looks like this damned virus is starting to get a bit crazy all over Western Europe. Still, the sentiment is right.

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    1. Right…traveling is definitely on the back burner now. Thanks for reading!


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