Saturday, July 7, 2012


Paris, France

Yesterday, we visited Montmartre and Sacre Coeur, because you have to when you're in Paris. We enjoyed the surrounding neighborhoods but bolted through the tourist areas, wall-to-wall Americans and tourist shlock.

Looking beyond the tourists, every step is a feast for eyes. The buildings, the cobblestones, balconies with flower boxes.

I was on a quest to find the original shopping malls built in the 1800s, the precursor to today's version. Many of the originals still exist, and I want to visit as many as possible, not to shop but to gawk at the amazing structures and ponder who else has passed over the same stones in the last 150 years.

A special thanks to my Parisian blog readers, soon-to-be cruisers who told me about them!

I promise to publish more thoughtful posts with more organized photos once I have my computer again. For now, enjoy this smattering of shots.

One of the world's first shopping malls.

You are not allowed to leave Paris without taking this shot.

la vie en cliché


  1. I have a nearly identical picture of the Eiffel tower that I took 4years ago. I believe we were standing in the fabric district which is actually where I bought the silk that I made into my wedding dress. We Tried to see as much as we could but one place we didn't get to see we're the catacombs.

    1. Mine was taken just below Sacre Coeur, with a mime looking on, bien sur! There is so much to see in Paris. A month is barely enough, Good to hear from you!

  2. I love that shot with the café in the background. So much character. So much delicious character!