"This is what you do on your very first day in Paris. You get yourself, not a drizzle, but some honest-to-goodness rain, and you find yourself someone really nice and drive her through the Bois de Boulogne in a taxi. The rain’s very important. That’s when Paris smells its sweetest." -Sabrina Fairchild played by Audrey Hepburn
My photos from Paris leave a lot to be desired, but, I think that Sabrina Fairchild would approve of the reason why. Our first, and only, full day in Paris, we had an "honest-to-goodness" rain. I didn't come home with iconic photos of the Eiffel Tower and Arc du Triumph. In fact, I barely saw the Tower and didn't see the Arc at all! Nonetheless, I thought my time in Paris was enchanting. Rainy, cold, and enchanting.
We took a mid-afternoon train from London and arrived in Paris near 5PM. We got ourselves to our hostel, which, though the accommodations were very nice (maybe the nicest of any hostel on the trip), the location and ambience was a bit of a let down after our cozy, friendly, perfectly located digs in London. Since we were so far from the city center, I suggested a jaunt up to Montemarte to see Sacre Coeur that evening. We took the trip by foot, and saw a different side of Paris than the average tourist sees- the side of Paris that rioted just days later. That foot journey was less than enchanting, but was nonetheless valuable to me. It doesn't suit me to just see what's beautiful. I like to see and feel what's real, if only for a moment.
The next day, I woke up early and made my way to Rue Dauphine, pain au chocolate in one hand and metro ticket in the other. Why Rue Dauphine? Because my friend from BSF, Emily Harding, and her husband are spending the next few months in a a great little apartment on Rue Dauphine while Josh is in Paris on business. Here are some pics of their apartment.
|I didn't want to be super nosy and take tons of pictures of their place, but this is the guest room I stayed in. The address is great and the apartment is so nice- very modern and spacious.|
|View of Rue Dauphine from their living room window.|
|Stairs up to their place|
After the museum, I went back to Emily's and got cleaned up. The timing of my visit coincided with the timing of a vist from Emily's aunt and uncle and two of their daughters. They live here in Austin, but have been in South Africa for about six months, and they stopped in Paris on their way back to the states. I can't tell you what a blessing it was to get to spend an evening in Paris with that sweet family. Emily's family reminds me a lot of my own extended family and I couldn't have been more blessed that evening in Paris than to spend dinner with them at an amazing restaurant, where I ate veal and creme brulee. Before saying good-bye, Emily's uncle prayed over me while we all stood together on the street and rain fell around us.
The next morning, I was determined to see the Eiffel Tower, which is a short enough distance from Rue Dauphine that I was able to run there and back before saying good-bye to Emily and Josh and rejoining my travel crew. On the way there, I ran through the drizzle, watching street sweepers and business people on their way to work. I said a "hello" to the Eiffel Tower, and then ran along the Seine on my way back to Rue Dauphine.
|On the way to rejoin my group before catching our flight to Madrid, I wandered, again through the drizzle, through the Luxembourg gardens.|
|I had to take one photo of the Eiffel Tower. Like I said when I started the blog, much to be desired, right? But still, Paris was wonderful. I'm beginning to agree with Audrey, not only about the rain though, but just in general. I think Paris really is always a good idea.|