Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bonjour, Paris!

I had very good intentions to blog while we were away on vacation, even bringing my laptop so that I could post in real time.  But sadly the wi-fi in both places did not cooperate, so I will have to do a trip recap in parts.

We had a really great time in both Paris and Marrakech.  What beautiful/amazing/interesting cities, and what a breath of fresh air (most of the time - the Marrakech medina with its offal and raw meat is an exception) compared to Hong Kong!  It was a nice break.
The obligatory Arc picture
Le panoramique: the Eiffel and a tugboat on the Seine 
Pretty Laduree.  We didn't buy any, but I'm probably one of the few people who doesn't like macaroons
What wide sidewalks!  What sweeping stairs for the metro!  
Such an empty street seems like a miracle

Paris was pretty rainy and cold, but that didn't stop us from falling in love with the city.  Coming from Hong Kong, the main things we noticed were the wide open sidewalks, the ample public seating and the greenery around us.  The architecture in this city is beautiful.

We stayed at Hotel Cecilia, just off the Arc de Triomphe. It was a quaint neighborhood and very easily accessible to a lot of sights.
A little balcony packs a lot of charm

One of the first things we did was head to the Musee d'Orsay:

I refrained from taking too many pictures of the art, but couldn't resist these two:

Then we moseyed around and let our eyes and noses take us around - which seems inevitable in Paris! 
Gloriously gloomy interior of Saint-Sulpice
Side, exterior view
Jardin du Luxembourg was as pleasant as I expected
Feeling Parisian.  It's so nice to have empty chairs in public spaces!
Just like in the movies.  Little kids pushed their sailboats around. 
An important looking building, just because
The Pantheon with some serious clouds rolling in behind it
More to come.

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