I was so happy when my daughter told me she was coming for a visit!
She was flying into Charles de Gaulle so we decided to meet in Paris and spend a few days there.
There are so many amazing things to see in Paris around just about every corner.
Since we had both been there before, instead of choosing specific destinations, we decided to just choose a direction and see where it took us.
The weather was perfect, sunny and warm but with a gentle cool breeze.
After dropping off the luggage at our hotel in the Latin Quarter we headed toward a domed building up the hill which turned out to be the Pantheon.
On our way there we came across a small church, l’Eglise Saint Ephrem.
After a brief visit to that little gem we noticed a tower and turned to find l’Eglise Saint Etienne.
We continued on to the Pantheon which has a rich history.
Although it began as a church it is now considered a secular building with catacombs containing the tombs of some of France’s more important historical figures.
By the time we finished there we had worked up an appetite and stopped at a café for a wonderful lunch of Penne aux Deux Saumons.
Feeling refreshed we continued our meander and both noticed an unknown building with decorative relief.
When we turned around we found that we were standing in front of the Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages.
Proceeding on to the Seine we strolled along the banks until we reached the Louvre. We entered the grounds of the Louvre through a side entrance and strolled on to the Jardin des Tuileries.
At the end of les Tuileries is the Obélisque.
A short ways further along the Seine we visited the Petite Palais and enjoyed an early dinner before locating a Metro along the Champs Elysees to take back to our hotel for a well-deserved rest.
Believe it or not that was only day one !
The second day we had a couple of specific destinations in mind.
First we took the Metro to Porte de Clignancourt to explore the Marché aux Puces. There we found a staircase that would look fantastic in my house. The height would be a perfect fit. Unfortunately transporting it back to Uzerche would be a difficult endeavor.
After a brief look around we again hit the Metro to the station nearest The American Church in Paris.
We grabbed a quick cheese crêpe from a street vendor as we walked from the Metro to the church.
We enjoyed the service and attended the coffee fellowship following.
The church faces the Seine so we took another stroll along the banks then headed toward the Champs Elysees to observe the Journée sans Voiture. What a unique experience to walk in the middle of the street with thousands of other people for the length of the Champs Elysees.
Traffic resumed at the round-about at the Arc de Triomphe where we took a selfie.
From there we walked to the Eiffel Tower and continued along the Champs de Mars to the École Militaire.
Then we took the Metro back to the hotel to freshen up before dining at a local restaurant.
The next morning we checked out of the hotel and left our luggage to wander about Paris until close to time for our train to Uzerche.
We first went to the Jardin du Luxembourg and Luxembourg Palace and spent quite a bit of time there. It was a relaxing morning and we stayed to have a salmon crêpe for lunch.
We planned to head toward the Ile de la Cité but after stumbling upon two more interesting churches, Saint Sulpice and Saint Germain, we found we were short on time and had to return to the hotel to collect our luggage and catch a cab to the Gare Austerlitz.
I really wish we had tracked our path better; I don’t know how many miles we clocked but it was certainly a lot!