After checking out the neighborhood the day before, the next day we went on the Black Paris Tour. If you don’t have anything nice to say . . . The highlight of the tour was visiting Little Africa. We had a wonderful meal of fish and side dishes in a small African café. The head of the fish was still attached. Eww! The eyes stared at me creating an unnatural attachment between us. I turned the eyes away from me and ate the bottom portion of the fish. Delicious!
In the evening, we traveled to the Eiffel Tower. It was magnificent! The golden yellow lights of the tower flickered like dancing stars! The lights illuminated the tower and could be seen throughout Paris. Stunning! We arrived too late to ride the elevator to the top of the tower. However, the beauty of standing underneath it was excitement enough.
The gigantic structure is one of the must-sees of Paris, France. If you are up to it, you can even purchase wine from the vendors making extra money at the tower. Who knew you could purchase souvenirs and wine at the tower? We also rode the carousel! Three grown women riding up and down on the colorful animals of the ride was a sight to see.
Our third day in Paris, we visited the Louvre Museum. Napoleon may have been short in stature but he was tall with extravagances! Among the items in the museum are his furniture, Marie Antoinette’s bedroom, and the famous painting of Mona Lisa. The magic lure of the Mona Lisa is larger than the painting itself. The frenzied crowd fought for space to video, photograph and be as close as possible to the great woman. It was thrilling!
The fourth day in Paris two of us joined a cooking class. The other woman went to the famous Champs-Elysees’ district for shopping. Our chef took us shopping at the street market to purchase fresh fish and vegetables to prepare our meal. We were taught how to filet (French) a fish and other lessons. It was the best cooking class that I ever had. Chef Eric was definitely not bad on the eyes!
On our return back to the apartment, we stopped off at the Pont des Arts’ bridge and purchased padlocks to place our own “Love Locks” on the bridge. Legend states that you write the name of your lover on the lock, attach the lock to the bridge, toss the key in the river, and you will be with your lover forever. Ha! Currently, the city of Paris has cut the locks off and has forbidden future locks attachments to avoid damage to the bridge. I also purchased a painting from a street vendor. I love it!
On the fifth day, we went to the castle at Versailles. The furnishings in the castle are grand! We visited Marie Antoinette's estate, Petit Trianon, a much smaller abode for the Queen. Later, we shopped! I found a gorgeous wool coat at a consignment/thrift store. I also found a fashionable white leather jacket. The other ladies purchased purses.
Did I mention that we caught public transportation everywhere? It was easy. The rail lines are color coded - just like in Chicago. Paris is Chicago's sister city! After much running around, we finally took a break. I sipped tea near the window of our apartment. I felt totally relaxed and peaceful. (To purchase the mug, click on the mug in photo below.)
The last day was the day of the Tour de France. However, we decided to avoid the crowds. We previously purchased cupcakes. We strolled to a fountain not far from our rental apartment. The three of us toasted one another with wine. What a wonderful way to celebrate our last day in Paris, France! See the video compilation below from Lo's home videos of the trip to Paris!
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