Paris, Mon Amour – Day 2

Day two in Paris was no less lovely, but slightly less frenetic than day 1. We slept late (unintentionally), jumped up and got ready, hopped the Metro and headed into Paris. DH wanted to climb up to the top of Notre Dame’s towers, but since we were late, the line was too long.

See the little people up the tippy top? That’s where we wanted to go. Alas, twas not to be.

In front of Notre Dame is a bronze statue of Charlemagne. It’s kinda creepy, if you ask me.

Any resemblance to the King of the Nazgul is probably unintentional

Instead, we wandered about the grounds and l’Ile de la Cité.

Flying buttresses! Buttresses buttresses buttresses!!

Of course, this being Paris, we saw a fashion photo shoot in progress.

That is some SERIOUSLY big hair.

We did some shopping at Le Bon Marché, which is Paris’ answer to Barneys. This is THE source for Isabel Marant, Balenciaga, Carven, Thom Browne, Nina Ricci, and scores of ultra-hip designers. They also have almost half a floor currently devoted to Ralph Lauren. Really? As I said to DH, I did not come to Paris to shop for Ralph Lauren, thanks. Bon Marché also has an exceedingly cool home department, where I did actually buy something:

Had to get this for Phyllis
Had to get this for Phyllis

DH had to go and do real work in the afternoon, so I went back to the Place de la Concorde. Rosie and I got to texting each other while I sat in the shade and enjoyed the day.

Rosie, this is where I was sitting! Not too shabby, huh?

I was going to try to catch up with a friend of hers, but I walked by the Musée de l’Orangerie and I had to go in. Claude Monet donated 8 murals of water lilies to the people of France, and they are housed at l’Orangerie. They were so beautiful, they brought tears to my eyes. You’re not allowed to take pictures of the Monets, but if you ever have the opportunity, l’Orangerie is not to be missed! In addition to the murals, there are loads of paintings by Matisse and his contemporaries.

There’s a sculpture garden outside the museum. Note the squared off trees again.

I stopped for a café crême, then headed back to the hotel to meet DH. We went out to dinner at the Brasserie at l’Hotel Lutetia. The oysters are wonderful there! We had been there the last time we were in Paris, and it’s just as good now as it was then. You may have seen the Lutetia if you watched Season 3 of Project Runway (that’s the Laura Bennett season). When they flew to Paris for the couture challenge, the contestants stayed at the Lutetia.

Anyone know what Lutetia is? Anyone? If not, go read Asterix and Obelix and you'll find out!
Anyone know what Lutetia is? Anyone? If not, go read Asterix and Obelix and you’ll find out!

This was the view from our hotel bathroom.

Even the bathrooms have great views in Paris!

And finally,

I could get used to this!

Tomorrow – the bucket list day.

Happy sewing!

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8 thoughts on “Paris, Mon Amour – Day 2”

  1. Sounds like you had a great time! I’m sorry we couldn’t meet up.

    The French are obsessed with Ralph Lauren, and it’s like 3 times more expensive than in the States. I thought it was weird, too.

    Thanks for sharing your trip!

  2. Ralph Lauren has a beautiful store on Boulevard St. Germain. Gorgeous place including a restaurant. Just another American in Paris….
    I’ve always been fascinated with the French way of pruning the trees. Why do they do that?
    I so glad you had the lovely, lovely September weather. October, too, is one of the perfect months to visit.

  3. Sounds like the loveliest of holiday visits. And yes, the waterlilies are a world of their own. When you mention the Ralph Lauren store, I couldn’t help but see the irony of being able to text and post your blog but the downside of that global revolution is some homogenization in areas like fashion….and even food.

  4. Hi,

    Thank you so much for your kind comment about the Hotel Lutetia! We would be pleased to welcome you again for a future stay in Paris!

    Warm regards,

    Céline Malka
    E-commerce & community manager, Hotel Lutetia Paris

    1. Céline, thank you! We love the Hotel Lutetia and I hope we’ll be able to stay with you when we are in Paris next. And hopefully it won’t take another 18 years! 🙂

  5. Loving your posts about your Paris visit! I was lucky to travel there with my daughter in August, and viewing the Water Lilies was one of my favorite things. Truly a spiritual experience, and I get goose bumps with the memory.

  6. Ah – the waterlillies! L’Orangerie would have to be my favourite gallery. I could have gazed at them for hours. There was a Monet exhibition in Australia this year, that also included some of the smaller paintings from his garden. Not as magical as the huge murals, but they still brought tears to my eyes. I’m not usually given to emotion over art in this way- they are really special paintings, and displayed so amazingly at L’Orangerie. I’m so jealous!!

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