Monday, October 27, 2014

Travels with Cerise: Paris, anyone?

Exterior of Saint Chappelle,
Royal church built in 12th century
by Louis IX,
Paris near Palais de Justice
Fabulously elaborate church!

Statue of Charles de Gaulle
in Place de la Concorde

Exterior of Laduree, on Champs Elysee,
Makers of Macaroons
I loved them.
Hubbie passed!
Napoleon's Tomb in Les Invalides
Gives me shivers every time I see it.
His body was returned and interred here in Dome Church.
Just home from 2 (yes, 2) fabulous weeks in Paris, I want to tell you about the way Mr. Cerise and I do Europe.
In years past, we have done boats. We have done business hops. We have done tours led by others. We have lately begun to rent houses, villas and apartments. For one week. And lately?
In the past few years, we have struck out on our own...for extended periods of time.
Last year, we did the Champagne and Lorraine departments of France for 3 weeks. With a car, a British gal on our GPS system, an itinerary that had us moving approximately every other day to a new village or town.
This time?
Paris for two weeks. Two Whole Weeks.
With an itinerary that was The History of France by Metro and Train from Paris.
Exterior of Les Invalides, home for
former soldiers and built by Louis XIV
for his loyal troops' retirement!
Honestly. Yes. No lie.
We adored it.
The Three Burgers of Compiegne
atop their Hotel de Ville in Compiegne
Were we tired?
Were we hungry?
Were we proud of ourselves?
Pats on the back, every day.
These pictures here are from our trip last year, where we started in Paris and branched out, via car on to smaller towns in a rental car. With the help of GPS and good maps and excellent French roads, we ate and drank our way through more than 700 miles of northeastern France along the lines our American Doughboys fought in World War One.
Do visit my own blog for Cerise's Parisian Travels as I take you through the history of France in a few strategic trips by Metro and bullet train.
Here: http://cerisedeland.blogspot.com
Beginning the end of this week!


Tina Donahue said...

Wow - always wanted to go there and Spain. I envy you. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Love Paris and saw it many times when my husband was alive and had business trips there.It is truly a fabulous city....

Cerise DeLand said...

Next time I go, I am taking you two along with me!!!!
pack your bags....