This iconic view of the Eiffel Tower from The Pompidou Center says it all. Looking out over the “City of Lights” at dusk is mesmerizing. I find this place to be atmospheric…and my faithful followers know how I love “atmospheric”—–if you are curious about this quality check out my blog on Chambord (click here to show link) . Atmosphere causes me to be completely absorbed, whether I am enveloped in this particular place, leaping into a different time with an exceptional book, or experiencing anything through my senses. The sound, the color, the scent of another time or memory all create the atmospheric quality I crave! Yes, Paris is Atmospheric to the extreme.
Looking up through the center of the Eiffel Tower. What an amazing view! I felt dwarfed standing under the tower, using its center as a window to frame the sky. Looking up into its guts…the skill, the craft, the audacity to build such a thing!
On top of the world! How could it get any better than this? To look out over the city from the Eiffel Tower. Maybe I teared up a bit. The whole city below…the places I had been and the ones still to be explored. I was…still am amazed!
The Montmartre…a marketplace–neighborhood at the feet of the Sacre Coeur. Shops, restaurants, artists and tourists crowded the streets. We traversed the steep pathways, up and down and back up again in wonder of all the sights and sounds. Of course, we indulged in the obligatory and delightful crepe and cafe au lait!
The Sacre Couer (the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) situated at the very pinnacle of the Montmartre. I saw it from the Eiffel Tower and the Pompidou later in the week, and it glowed like a brilliant gem on the horizon. This lovely church sits on the highest point in Paris. It is visable from all over the city; and of course, Paris is spread out before this edifice of grandeur and grace like a sumptuous feast!
On the street where you live! We rented an apartment in the Latin Quarter, just steps away from Notre Dame. The rue de Bievre, pictured above, was our home and neighborhood for a week. We settled for the Left Bank for all sorts of reasons…the main reason for me is it seemed to be the most eclectic and interesting of our choices. And of course, it turned out to be all that and more. Our flat opened onto the street. A ground floor apartment is hard to come by and in these older 19th century buildings there are rarely elevators…we were thrilled to be able to walk right in and not have to navigate flights of stairs…dragging our oversized bags with us! Well, almost…the bedroom and luxurious bath were both located on the second floor which was accessed only by a narrow spiral staircase. Yes, we left the suitcases in the living room taking only those items necessary up the trecherous stairs!
This is the back courtyard of our apartment. With its moss covered pavers and closed in walls; it was like a secret garden. There was little sunlight back there giving it the quiet and quirky atmosphere that I love. Whether I find it in a book, a place or a brooding memory from times past or imagined, this is a “flyte of fancy” I take at every opportunity. I cannot stress enough how pleased we were with VRBO and Paris Rental Services.
Notre Dame…our landmark for “home” all week long. We could hear the bells from our apartment, and we passed by this beautiful place coming and going every day! It sits right smack dab in the middle of the Seine on an island. The Latin Quarter on the left bank and the Marais on the right. We were in a story book wonderland every single day with this on our corner!
The Opera House. How grand…and of course the setting for the famous play—Phantom of the Opera. The chandelier is there for us to see…oh, how I would have loved to see the Phantom performed in this theatre! Broadway in New York was spectacular, but to experience it here in this theatre would be awesome. Don’t know if it ever will be performed in this theatre. However, there are plans to bring the production to Paris—another venue though. While the tour of the Opera House was wonderful, we were dismayed that they no longer allow tours of the river and lake below. Evidently it is not safe, and I would wager that it might be disappointing—because, a sewer is still a sewer, no? However, we covered every inch of it that was open to us, and if that were not enough, we returned later in that evening for an opera.
The Opera House is grand. No other word to describe it! As I looked out over this beautiful theatre, I could only imagine the drama that passed through there over the years—-both on and off the stage! It is the stuff of many “flytes of fancy” for the likes of me!
The chandelier and centre motif make for a breathtaking view…from the ground floor looking up, and from the boxes and galleries up high. What does it take to imagine this ceiling and then to execute that plan? I can only dream of such a gift! Feel privileged to see it first hand.
Standing on the balcony outside the Opera House with the Parisienne cityscape as my backdrop. Do I look happy? Oh yeah! This peasant girl is beyond Happy!
We're Montie and David, and we are always looking for an adventure. I am the writer and David the photographer. Because of this division of labor you will see me in more pictures than him, and probably because I am the one making the decisions about what to print and what to write. That being said, I could not do this without his great skill and vision. The photos you see in the section above are samples of some of our adventures which include the random weekend fancy and our many planned excursions all over the world. I hope to be blogging about them all as we go along. See more of David's great photos by following him on Instagram at ravinslavin.