Thursday, April 21, 2011

April in Paris: Part 1

I've returned from my long weekend in Paris. April in Paris with sunny and 70 degree weather was pure bliss! We had an AMAZING time in the City of Lights (in my previous post I intentionally referred to Paris as the city of romance...as everyone calls it such a romantic city, there's so much to fall in love with and since I was with my husband, I was so happy to be sharing the experience with the man I love so much!)

The Musee d'Orsay houses world class art. It's an amazing place. I took notice to just about all of the artwork being in gold frames and hung on black walls. So striking.  
Standing across the street from the Musee d'Orsay, you look at the Seine and on the opposite side you see the Louvre. We enjoyed some runs along the Seine...so nice!
Walking through the 6 and 7th arrondissements I was in awe over the architecture, the doors and the door knobs. Do you have a favorite?  
This is the doorway to Ralph Lauren's restaurant and stores located on Rue de St. Germain. I walked inside and in true Ralph Lauren fashion the place was stunning.  
All the cars seem to be small in Paris, and when I saw this man driving his car into the courtyard I understood one reason why. Many of these doors open to either a courtyard leading to several apartments or as a path to drive/park one's car before entering an apartment.
Dinner the first night was truly a treat, as we went to the fabulous Le Pre Catelan. With each bite I took of Frederic Anton's culinary creations, I felt like royalty! 
Tomorrow's post is about the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame and a few other goodies!
Have you been to Paris? Are you as smitten with the city as I am?

23 comments:

Lauren said...

So lovely! I went in highschool and am hoping to go again soon to experience it as an "adult" :) Thanks for sharing your photos!

Hamptontoes said...

Lauren,
It was my first trip to Paris, but my husband had been before as a "poor college student." He too felt like it would be fun to experience Paris as an "adult!"

H.G. The Countess said...

Paris is my favorite city on earth! I discover something new every time I go. I also take hundreds of pictures of random strangers' front doors when I'm there!

Splenderosa said...

I love Paris, and it's just as you describe. Every where one looks one sees beauty. And, the door knobs...isn't it amazing that at one point these pieces of beautiful hardware were just "normal?" La Pre Catelan. My husband's favorite. They gave me a little pan from the kitchen as a remembrance because my husband so loved their food, and explained to them that in Houston no one could prepare dishes they way they do. Funny. I am so happy to hear what a lovely time you & hubby shared. It's these moments we remember the rest of our lives. xx's

Heavenly Housewife said...

Oh most definitely, I can not wait to go for my birthday in June. I love it that you paid such an interest in the doors and the handles. I think its fab how two people might share a similar experience but take away such different things (for me it was croissants LOL). Can't wait to hear more.
*kisses* HH

The Buzz said...

All these pictures are bringing back so many memories for me and I'm overdue for a visit to my favorite city in the world. The last time I was there was to attend Maison & Objet and didn't have much time to sightsee and dine... Can't wait to see you soon and catch up!
xxoo

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The enchanted home said...

Your pictures are so making me long to go back. Love it! The pictures are gorgeous and I can almost feel that warm Parisian air blowing on my face..it must have been incredible! Sounds (and looks) like you had a truly memorable trip.

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I went as a college student and have to laugh at a group of us girls going into a salon and wanting to leave feeling like we had "French" haircuts. I also immediately think of the best hot chocolate ever on St. Germain. I've been back a host of other times on business but rarely saw the outside of the hotel or the office. Want to go back as a tourist....sounds like you had an incredible time! Cannot wait to hear and see more from your trip!

drbculp said...

Definitely equally smitten. I love Paris. You are definitely enjoying some of
It's best features. April is such a great time to be there. The laughter from dinner parties overheard while walking in the streets is my favorite experience from the spring I was there! Leave your windows open to enjoy the sounds!

Teacup Moments said...

lovely photos of a magnificent experience. i also adore paris. and the musee d'orsay is indeed one of the best things for me. as for the doorknobs, i also found myself snapping photos of them in france. i love the lion's head, it reminds me of the one at the hotel de ville in aix-en-provence.

Stevie said...

You've whet my appetite for more Paris. What a great trip. I've been to Musee d'Orsay and was completely mesmerized by it. Can't wait for more!

annie said...

I love your photos of all the doors and door knockers...I've been to Paris many times and love it more every time I go. It's much more of a trek from the West coast though. Can't wait to see your next posts...can never get too much Paris! What about a post on what you brought home??

Stacey said...

Oh, loved these pictures and i'm thrilled you were able to experience Paris-the city of romance with your hubby:-).

Luxury Monograms said...

Looks like such a wonderful trip!xx

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quintessence said...

Sounds like a marvelous trip. I haven't been in many years and just dying to return. Anxiously awaiting part deux!!

Cara said...

never been but DYING to go!

The Zhush said...

WOW! Lisa your photos are outstanding, it was almost like I was there with you, loved both posts, looks like the best time, I need to return to Paris as an "adult" and see it right! You have inspired me!xx

pretty pink tulips said...

Such a fabulous city and you've captured some of the little things that make it is so special! I am in love with all of the doors in the 6th and 7th! For some reason, I really drawn to all the shades of blue!!!

Now, off to read Part 2!
xoxo E

Barbara@HausDesign said...

So glad you had such a wonderful time! We have had a wave of good weather in Europe so you lucked out! I loved your door pictures since I also love to photograph those - you can see some of mine from our travels so far here: http://bjdhausdesign.blogspot.com/2010/12/doorways.html My favorite of yours was the reddish one with the lacy type detailing - haven't seen anything like that before. They are all beautiful though - great photography!

Debby said...

I did the same thing when we were there. I have so many photos of entryways. Even the doors in Paris are better! xo

jayneonweedstreet said...

My husband took me to Paris for our anniversary and I am remembering all the things I loved looking through your posts! Our favorite was a picnic lunch at les jardins de Tuillerie. I've never walked so far and so long in any other city - we just loved it!

Style Attic said...

Dear Lisa,

Well, sorry for my delay in responding to your amazing Paris rendez vous! We left for Georgia the day I thought you might post. I checked before we hopped in the car. I thought several times about what wonderful things you did see. Wonder no more! I read your 3 posts in backwards order and I am loving everything you took in. I went about a decade ago and some of these pictures are straight out of my album too! I don't have the collection of doors and knockers though, those are KNOCK OUTS! I am loving the Ralph Lauren blue doors, that shade is amazing. How did everything go with the kids? Well, I know it's late, but welcome back and I'm just smiling ear to ear for you :D XO, Kelly