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Paris!


Yes! I was in Paris, so of course I had to see this...


but a visit to Hemingway's first apartment on the 74 rue de Cardinal Lemoine (which he describes in A Moveable Feast) was much more interesting to me.


I went down to the Boulevard Montparnasse to visit one of Hemingway's favorite cafes - La Closerie des Lilas


and over to Le Dome where the artists, poets, writers, and philosophers used to hang out together in Paris of the 1920s.


Across the street there was a sidewalk cafe called L'Atelier where they serve an absinthe cocktail called the Simone de Beauvoir.


I continued my personal Paris literary and arts tour by visiting the studio where Picasso painted Guernica


with modern street art greeting me outside.


I saw the apartment where Joyce edited Ulysses


the hotel where Henry Miller wrote Letters to Emil


and Kerouac and Ginsberg's favorite pub.


I had a few glorious hours of sun in Paris


and lots of rain


which gave me plenty of time to study Parisian shoes and umbrellas :)


I discovered pastel colored macarons at Laudree


and many more lovely Patisserie


and Creperie than I could ever count!


There was even "La Maison des Tartes"


with quaint handwritten menus in chalk


 a beautiful Tarte citron that smiled at me


but I simply smiled back and settled for a cafe au lait.


The museums in Paris were a challenge because of the long, long lines everywhere.


I did make it into the Centre Pompidou


where I saw lots of contemporary and modern art, a Matisse retrospective, and marveled at these long stemmed, fresh, red roses in the museum cafe.


I was planning to visit the Musee d'Orsay, but the 3-4 hour wait scared me away, so I walked down the street to the Musee Rodin (thank you for your recommendations!)


Yep, there was The Thinker right in the middle of the garden, just as you would expect.


The villa of the Musee Rodin was a real highlight with lovely views from the windows


beautiful sunlit rooms


and an elegant garden and pond with bronze statues.


A highlight of my trip was taking a Paris train (with colorful seats that looked like something from the set of Star Trek)


and a bus out to Monet's gardens in Giverny.


The tulips were incredible


the pink and green house was charming


and the Japanese bridge was exactly as you would expect, and much loved by tourists from around the world.

I hope you have been out having amazing adventures of your own!

Next week I'll be off to Athens, Greece - more about that coming soon :)

xoxo
Stephanie