Sunday Mornings in Paris

Jan 18, 2011 | Photography | 13 comments

I am currently enjoying the pleasure of helping my sister-in-law plan her trip to Paris and other parts of France.  
I could do this for a living!  
Before our first trip to Paris so many years ago I studied so hard for so long, learning the city that when we came up the stairs out of our R.E.R. stop I walked us straight to our hotel, without even using a map. I was only 25 and it felt like quite an accomplishment.
The city is burned into my brain.  
One suggestion I will give my SIL in our next round of correspondence is to be sure to enjoy Paris on a Sunday morning.  Sure, it would be fun to groove the night away at the Bain Douche or even some dumpy little local club like Club Z… but if you save enough energy for Sunday morning… you will have Paris all to yourself.  It’s a photographers dream.  The bistro chairs will be stacked atop each other in the café windows and the only people you will encounter are a handful of indulgers stumbling home and the hotel keepers washing off their front door step with a mop and a bucket.  You can walk right out into the middle of the Blvd. St. Michel and snap a photo like I did here.
I hope to go again with my whole clan in the next two or three years… 
Any plans for Paris??

13 Comments

  1. Adrienne

    Half the fun of trips is planning them!

    I went to Paris this past October. I spent my 43rd birthday there. If you need a lodging recommendation, I know an excellent boutique hotel in le Marais that was only 170 euro a night.

    My husband and I are planning to take my stepdaughter to Paris when she graduates from high school in 2013. The one condition is that she stays with honors French for all four years. That way, she can do the talking….my French is awful!

    xo

    A

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  2. fionasmosaic

    I saw this this am and thought of you!! You have GOT to go do this!!

    http://blog.lonnymag.com/a-royal-stay

    It’s at Versailles (I hope I spelled that right!) If I actually have some money someday, this is going on my bucket list.

    God bless! Hugs!
    Fi

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  3. Blondie's Journal

    The picture you took is beautiful! You have me sold on Sunday mornings in Paris.

    Hubby and I are looking forward to a trip to Europe, hopefully this year…Haven’t decided where. Who knows?

    XO,
    Jane

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  4. Jenny

    Okay, have way, I am gonna gush. Your photo taken in the Latin Quarter is so gorgeous. But you flooded me with memories of my first immersion into Paris. summer of 1993 and I had traveled only a bit in my own state….but after two months of being in Paris and constantly entranced, Sunday mornings did stand out. We would take the long journey from the 14th arrondissment to the Grande Arche in the 17th and as we walked through the neighborhoods and the metro…stillness always greeted us..and this small town Texas girl felt completely at home in the stillness and the bustle, in the beauty and the history, with all the new tastes and the sounds….I have always told my hubby if I could I would make a living out of showing people who hold Paris/Franch at a suspicious distance to fall for her. Thanks Angela.

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  5. claudia b

    Bien sur! We would love to go together, as both my husband and I have been to Paris many times, but separately (before we met).

    I’d love to bring my kids so they can learn from all the loveliness and history the city has to offer. I’m sure the hotel could recommend a lovely sitter so we can go out to dinner ;D

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  6. Stephanie

    I thought I was the only one who studied a map of Paris a lot before my trip. It really did make getting around and my sense of direction easy. Trying to imagine walking out in the middle of Blvd. St. Michel without getting run over! Wow. I’m planning to go again possibly Fall 2011 or Fall 2012, and it’s hard to wait.

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  7. Pamela

    I would love love to see Paris and all of France!!! My husband keeps promising one day!!!!
    My mom went and loved it!!!
    So until then I will live Paris through your blog…sigh!

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  8. Ainosofia

    Lovely pictures – lovely blog <3

    Greetings from Finland

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  9. Deanna

    I would love to go back after studying up on where to go and what to see.

    Was there 6 and a half years ago and it was like a dream. I had a hard time believing I was even there.
    Pinch me.

    I didn’t know where to go.

    d

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  10. Theanne...

    Alas, no plans at all to go anywhere anytime soon, sad! I visit Paris and France vicariously through your blog…it works quite well for me, happy!

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  11. à la parisienne

    I miss Paris. It’s been nearly 4 years since my last visit, and sometimes I think it will be years before I return!!! A francophile friend of mine told me that on Sunday mornings she likes to attend the American church in Paris. I can’t remember the name but it’s on Ile de la Cité.

    Une dimanche à Paris…un de ces jours.

    Mandy

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  12. Dawn-Hydrangea Home

    I’ve enjoyed reading your Paris posts. And what gorgeous photos! We are finally taking the family to France this spring. One week in Paris and one week in Burgandy. I’ve always loved your blog and watching your beautiful children grow. Love the new look too!

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