Life in Paris


I am back at our beach place. Several times I have awoken and think I need to get up and check on my grandsons or I think I’m in our Paris apartment. It takes me a few days for my body to figure out where I am each morning.

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A sunset in Paris with a bridge over the Seine lit up.

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Seen in a Paris florist.

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Back to the beach where I saw the sunset in my glass of wine.

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This was taken through the window in the waiting room of our doctor. I can actually just ride my bike over when I have an appointment, one of the joys of living here (as long as I don’t fall). I’ve been having trouble hearing from one ear and, as I expected, some ear wax had lodged on my ear drum and hardened. My doctor wouldn’t touch it so I have to go to an ear doctor to have it extracted. I think I may have done this to myself with a cotton tip while cleaning my ears. I guess I will let a little of that hygiene go.

If you visit Rue des Rosiers in the Marais, you will always find a lot of people, especially on Sunday. And 90% of them will be in line to eat falafel.

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Here is a crowd at one falafel place.

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And another.

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And yet another.

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Some people want American food, as you can see.

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I wouldn’t mind having this for dessert.

I’m back from Switzerland and leaving today by train to go back to the beach. I’ve been traveling so much that I can’t remember all of the places I’ve been. I guess I’ll have to read my own blog and retrace my steps. Being with the grandkids was great but exhausting. Not only was there no school but there was a lot of rain which kept us all inside. When I arrived in Paris, unpacked, and put clothes in the washer, I went and met a friend for an early dinner. We sat outside on the terrace in the shade (it was hot), had wine and caught up.

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Where we sat.

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I had a glass of sauterne with ice. Very refreshing.

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This guy to our left had a drink too. Note the cigarette and two packages of cigarettes. Terraces aren’t very pleasant anymore if you are a non-smoker but it was too hot to sit inside.

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The guy to the right had this mint drink. Cigarettes there too.

One morning I went for a walk, and it turned out to be a long one, to take a look at a few things. It was a beautiful day and it turned in to a hot one so, after lunch I went back home but I got a few photos.

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I started at Bastille and took a look at the Arsenal where boats are docked being a bit curious after my interview with Cris Hammond who is planning to dock there for the winter.

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Crossing the river I saw this huge barge with another along side it, empty and cruising back to be reloaded somewhere.

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I ended up at the Austerlitz metro station, one that I really like the design of.

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This was on the walls of the quai. They just don’t decorate metro stations like that anymore.

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This huge structure is in a courtyard surrounded on all four sides by your typical Parisian buildings. I saw a link about it and thought I’d check it out. It’s just off of Place d’Italie and I roamed around where it was supposed to be before I finally found the entrance. They are still working on it so I didn’t go in. I wish I had gone to a hotel and asked it I could get a view from up above. I looked for information on this building and can’t find it right now no matter what I put into Google. All I can tell you is that it is off of Avenue des Gobelins. You can’t see it from any street but only through an old archway. Strange but interesting.

I keep reading about a shop in Paris called Buly 1803 so decided to find it and check it out. It’s at 6 rue Bonapart and really lovely selling scented things like candles, soaps and lotions.

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Just look at the lovely, old fashioned interior-a step back in time.

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How pretty is this?

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Hand lotion. Love that hand.

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Scented matches. I’m not sure how long the fragrance would last once you lit one. My Dad used to use a match in the bathroom before the days of scented bathroom sprays. I can still smell that sulfer odor when I think of my childhood.

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Some of their products in the window. Just a captivating place.

So it’s been hot in Paris. Not like the summer a few years ago where temperatures reached 100 degrees, but 75. I’ve lived in Texas and Arizona so I know hot but when trudging along hot city streets, 75 degrees feels really uncomfortable. Don’t even get me started on the unairconditioned metros and buses. Anyway, I was with a friend and we saw a Mariage Frères, famous for their teas, and decided that some of their ice tea would hit the spot and, believe me, it did.

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Look at this gorgeous dessert! We had eaten a filling lunch so passed on having a piece. All of their desserts are flavored with their tea.

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A huge glass of ice tea with ice!

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Loved the sink in the bathroom.

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We sat by this open window with a cooling breeze blowing in and a Paris scene just beyond.

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