Monday, 22 August 2011

Paris En Une Journée

Our 11 hour whirlwind trip to Paris was simply amazing. 

How great it is to step onto a train in London, have a short snooze and a homemade bacon sandwich, then just a couple of hours later wake up in 211 miles away in Paris.

We packed so much into one day, walking from one part of the city to another. If we had been in London I would have been tempted just to hop on the Tube to get from place to place. Yet despite the intense heat, we happily strolled around the city, soaking up the joie de vivre.  
The beautiful ceiling at Galeries Lafyette
An alternative angle of the Eiffel Tower
Montmatre Cemetery from a footbridge
Parisian pigeons paddle in a puddle
My highlight of the day was visiting the Musée de l'Orangerie and seeing Monet's Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies). It was the first time I'd seen them and, as a friend had described them prior to our trip, they are beautifully translucent.
To get this picture, I followed a guy with a camera who looked like he was doing and stood at a funny angle to get an image not of the painting, but of people enjoying it.
The Musée de l'Orangerie is a really nice gallery to visit particularly because it is small enough to view in an hour or so. Despite not being the largest gallery, it has an interesting selection of paintings by artists such as Picasso, Cézanne, Modigliani and Matisse. All the paintings were collected by one man, Paul Guillaume.

I particularly liked this painting of the collector's wife. If I am ever painted, I would like it to have the feeling of this, although definitely with a cat beside me rather than a dog!

Portrait of Madame Paul Guillaume by Marie Laurencin (1924)

A visit to Paris from London can definitely be managed in a day. Possibly it is best to pick a particular area to visit or an attraction or gallery to see, but you can enjoy the city and not feel too rushed. 

Mr P and I have already decided that we will give it another go in the not to distant future. We didn't feel too tired on the day or the day after either. The only drawback was that prices were more or less the same in Pounds as they were in Euros and in Paris this means that nothing is cheap.

But oh yes, we did go to Ladurée. However, that's a story for another day!


  1. glad to hear you had a good time! i wouldn't have known where to start!

  2. It all sounds good. Hope we get to see the macarons!

  3. How inspiring - makes me want to jump on the train!

  4. Ooh the cemetery! Good call. I vaguely remember this from when I went to Paris when I was 7.

  5. Oh how exciting. How I wish I could get to Paris on the train for a day, but sadly the extra five hours between me and London make it impossible! And your pigeony alliteration made me giggle!

  6. Lovely alternative views of the city - I have a few pics of the underneath of the tower myself (well when you're stood under it for hours queueing...) Ahh, I want to go back immediately!

  7. What a great way to spend the day. And you managed to fit so much into 1 day. x