The world is quiet here

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Spring is full of many lovely moments.  Daffodils.  Tulips.  Cherry blossoms.  I look forward to them all, but my favorite part of the season happens in a quiet park not too far from where I work.  About a week before the cherry blossoms bloom and the city is overtaken with tourists, this little park, lined on all sides by tulip magnolias, quietly becomes a sea of large, pink blossoms.  Every year, for that one week, I walk out of my way to pass through this park, leaving for work a little early so I’ll have a bit of extra time to linger in this quiet, blush-colored oasis.

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Mama in Paris

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I live far from where I grew up, which means I often miss family events like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.  This year, my mother had a milestone birthday, and we thought it would be fun to celebrate an important year by planning a little Parisian getaway, just us two ladies.

Here are some of my favorite photos of my beautiful Mama in Paris.

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The sweet life

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Since we were largely in Paris to celebrate my mother’s birthday, we thought it would be fun to try to visit at least one pastry shop everyday for a little something sweet.  While we used David Lebovitz’s Paris Pastry App as our primary guide, as we wandered around the city, we found ourselves visiting any chocolaterie, patisserie, crepe stand, or ice cream cart that caught our eye.  I’ve never eaten so many wonderful, and beautiful, sweet things in a single week.  Here are a few of our favorites.

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Le carrousel

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On our last day in Paris, my mother and I were walking past the carousel at the Hotel de Ville.  In a moment of whimsy, she decided that a few rounds on the carousel were in order, and before I knew it, she had paid the fee, found a pretty place to sit, and was going round and round looking as pleased as I’ve ever seen her.

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It’s Friday, I’m in love

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As much as I’d be happy to be back in Paris right now, ideally in this pink-treed park, I’m excited for the weekend.  The Mister has a big birthday coming up soon, so we’re having a little party to celebrate on Saturday.  It’s always wonderful to gather up friends and family, and, in a way, it feels like a little bit of a kick off for the fun and busy summer ahead.

Here are a few photos of a lovely park we found near the Jardin de Reuilly.  Every single tree was blooming pink, and as we sat on the benches showers of blush-colored petals rained down us.  Hope you have a great weekend!

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Through the city streets

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Paris has many charms.  Monuments, palaces, parks, amazing food, and great shopping.  But I’m more than content just wandering up and down the city streets, admiring the buildings, and watching the hustle and bustle of people going on about their everyday lives.  Those city scenes are what I love most about Paris, and what I most look forward to about going back....

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Wanderings: Jardin du Luxembourg

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After such a long and bitterly cold winter, it feels so amazing to be able to sit outside, feel the sun on my face and not freeze my toes off.  We whiled away several lazy hours in the Jardin du Luxembourg, admiring the tulips and the geometric rows of trees, but most especially the children sailing boats in the basin.  Most of them were adorable and so well behaved, but one rambunctious pair had more fun beating the water and each other with the boat pole, than sailing the boat itself.  We giggled for nearly an hour as their poor nanny chased them round and round the basin, trying to keep them from falling in, punching each other, or whacking passersby by with the boat pole.

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Marché Baudoyer

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An outdoor market is the perfect place to pick up a few things for picnic in Paris.  A baguette here, some cheese at the stall over there, a few fresh strawberries, and you’re ready to find the perfect shady spot along the Seine to watch the world pass by.  We stumbled across a few markets while we were in Paris.  This beauty was open on a Saturday morning, not far from the Hotel de Ville.

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Wanderings: Promenade Plantee

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The other must on my list for this visit to Paris was a walk along the Promenade plantée, a greenway built on an old elevated railway, much like the newer High Line in New York.  Ever since I first saw the film, Before Sunset, some ten years ago I’ve wanted to pay a visit and I finally found myself in the neighborhood.  To my delight, nearly every tree and bush seemed to have just bloomed.  We walked slowly along the quiet path, inhaling the sweet scent of blossoms on the breeze, and enjoying the bursts of yellows, pinks, and purples that framed the rooftops of the classic Parisian buildings.  It was a perfect way to spend an afternoon and I think it is my new favorite place in all of Paris.

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It’s Friday, I’m in love

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I’ve been having fun reminiscing about Paris through photos over the last few days, and have more to share over the coming weeks.  But still, I’m happy to be spending a weekend at home snuggled up to my Mister.  We first visited Paris together, and while I was happy to be there at all, many of my favorite places there made me miss him and others new ones I wanted to share with him.  I’m already dreaming of another visit, this time together.