I had the good fortune to go to Paris a while back. We stayed near the Eiffel Tower at a small hotel called Hotel Muguet. It is a small boutique hotel where English is spoken and there’s a lot to see within walking distance. I found it very charming.
We had been to London first, so I had experience with London Walks Tours, and I was relieved to find they had tours in Paris also (and in English!) I tried to do a walking tour each day we were in either city. I loved them and highly recommend them.
As an American used to wide thoroughfares and lots of space, Paris was a big change for me. Most people drove motorcycles, but there were also a lot of these uber-compact mini cars. I find them charming and we started calling them the family station wagon compared to the other ways to get around.
We took a ten minute walk to the Eiffel Tower, where I snapped these lovely buildings. The intricate carvings all over the building, the beautiful bow windows, and the balconies are amazing. It seems that every square inch of the city has been used for these buildings. This one fit into a five pointed street convergence. The views must be breathtaking.
Notice the straight balconies paired with the curving windows and door. So much detail, yet it harmonizes to make a graceful and beautiful building.
I’m sorry this picture isn’t better, but hopefully you can tell that it is of a family of ducks. Some are swimming, but the top one has his head underwater. This was taken while on my Paris walking tour. This building is from the oldest area in the city. Before Napoleon, who numbered the city and devised addresses in Paris, the name of the street came from the relief over the door. My guide named the street, which was French for duck. So basically, this is Duck Street.
This is the building where Oscar Wilde passed from the earth. Yes, the building with the horrible wallpaper. You know the story. As he lay dying, he says, “The wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.” Too bad the wallpaper won.
I hope you enjoyed the brief trip to Paris. We would love to hear about what you saw while there.