Paris: Remembering the good times

Like many people I woke to hear the news of how the shocking events in Paris unfurled and was saddened by them. And I'm certain I'm not alone in that and right now it's not something I want to focus on, so I'm remembering the good times.

Paris was the first trip abroad together for MOH and I back in 2000 and we have been back and to other parts of France many times since then. In fact at one stage MOH did put in a special request to the Holiday Committee to visit somewhere other than France for a change. It seems four or so consecutive trips was a little too much...

Remembering that first trip with MOH my first memories are of the running around that happened before we went. That was for an emergency appointment at the vets for Bob who needed a steroid injection for her hips to make her mobile again and clearly to ease her pain. With her settled there was the dash for the train, but we got there and that evening walked around Paris on foot marvelling at the "sparkling" Eiffel Tower.

It was on that trip that we discovered what still is one of our favourite restaurants, anywhere. It's Le Montparnasse 1900, and since then we've been back to the Art Deco restaurant many times on our own and with friends. And it's always the place we recommend to people who are visiting Paris. As its website says it continues to transport diners to the Belle Époque and it's a beautiful setting to have a fantastic meal.

On another trip we stayed in the small but still cosy Hotel des Arts in the Montmartre district and explored that area more than we had before. That was the trip that MOH got food poisoning from mussels which made the journey back quite horrendous and meant a cab home was essential. More recently we've popped over for an overnight stay to meet up with friends for dinner in, yes in our favourite restaurant. 

And as I thought through all of our trips and the fun we'd had, I thought I must have some photos... And I do.

These photos are from our trip in January 2010 and as you can see from the shot below it was particularly grey, as January can be but I think Paris was no less beautiful for that. We hope to be back for another visit soon.

 

THE EIFFEL TOWER, JANUARY 2010

THE EIFFEL TOWER, JANUARY 2010

It was on that trip that I got to re-visit the Palace of Versailles which I'd first visited as a teenager on a school trip many years before, and it was just as beautiful as I'd remembered. So I'll leave you with photos from there.

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Nous sommes solidaires avec vous. Nous sommes tous ensemble. We are with you. United

Love this #43: Metro framed print

I've been on the hunt for some pictures to hang above our sofa for a while now. I still haven't found what I'm looking for, or rather I've not found what I'm looking for in our price range... yet!

But along the way I've seen plenty of nice pictures...

This is one of my favourites and it evokes many memories of Paris and sitting at the cafés and watching the world go by.  It is completely wrong for what I want - it's 25cm by 70cm - whereas I was looking for something almost the width of the sofa, but it's so beautiful I couldn't help but share it here.

It's on the arthouse.com website, and while you can't buy it online you can search to find local stockists.  This seems a good compromise as I think I'd want to actually see something I was going to hang on my wall before buying too.  And at £35 it's pretty reasonable.

I like the black and white, but also that splash of red which adds interest. I've many a picture of the art-deco lampposts and Metro signs, alas none as good as this or I'd be tempted to try this myself.

...Or maybe that's he perfect excuse to head back to Paris?!

We last popped over to Paris in May 2013 and it was literally just a pop over to meet up with friends. We stayed for just a single night, but with an early Eurostar there and a late one back we still had plenty of time to soak up the Parisian atmosphere.

While writing this post I looked back on the few photos I took that visit - they mostly seem to be of our nighttime visit to the Eiffel Tower, but I knew there'd be a Metro sign in there somewhere.

And sure enough there was - it's not the greatest picture (see, I really do need to go back!) but it was only as I put it into black and white that I spotted the lit up Eiffel Tower in the background.

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