I’m on the train back to Brussels and although I’m looking forward to the rest of the trip, I know I could have spent a month in Paris. It’s hard to describe but it certainly lived up to my expectations and despite a few inconsiderate individuals (who were all foreigners btw), I had an amazing time. I spoke French and felt quite comfortable doing so, in restaurants, museums, and stores. I found it much easier to understand than québécois French and they understood what I was saying, and I found myself rediscovering my vocabulary that was 17 years dormant. I’m sure my verbs were all messed up, but c’est la vie. I’m also using French in Belgium as I’m clueless in Flemish.
Instead of another 3 day play by play post, this one will be a highlight of the rest of our adventures. Thinking back on it all, the best part for me was visiting Palais Garnier – Opéra de Paris. Some people get emotional seeing the Eiffel tower or on a cruise on the Seine, but no I’m the one who had the tears running down her face at the foot of the opera staircase. We spent a good 2 hours touring the costume and set libraries, the golden grand foyer, exploring the interior and exterior balconies and eventually saw the orchestra as they were ending a tech rehearsal for the performance that evening. The chandelier surround, painted by Chagall, depicts scenes from operas by 14 composers. The gift shop yielded some very cherished souvenirs.
We had some fun walking along Avenue des Champs-Élysées, window shopping and then spent some real time shopping at sephora. We also saw Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, and the crazy round about traffic that seemed to make very little sense.
Monday morning we explored Monmartre and found the Moulin Rouge and the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, which is the highest point of the city.
I’m back in Brussels now and desperately need to get to bed so here are a few more pictures of the amazing places we visited and the great food we ate. Paris did not disappoint me in any way and I know I’ll be back to visit again.
Our view from the flat
Eiffel Tower – day and night