Marcia’s Paris Top 10 (Part 1)
“There’s always next time.”
Don’t get me wrong, I loved every minute of my three days but it went by so fast, if I didn’t have photos, I’d think it had been a dream.
Like me, Marcia came home with a bunch of “must sees” that will have to wait until next time. But as I perused her Top 10 list of misses I realized how lucky I’ve been to see so very, very much of Paris.
So today I thought I’d take Marcia’s list and give her a little preview of what she’ll get to see next time. Here are the first five.
1. Sunset cruise on the Seine • Many Parisians dismiss these as being too “touristy,” but they’re a lovely way to wrap up the day and see the city—plus the Eiffel Tower’s light show—from a new perspective.
2. La Sainte-Chapelle • Built by Louis IX to house Christ’s crown of thorns, this stunning chapel was consecrated in 1248. It still boasts much of the original glass and is a popular venue for classical-music concerts. Go on a partly cloudy day for the best light show.
3. Église Saint-Sulpice • Paris’s second-largest church (after Notre Dame), St. Sulpice may ring a bell because of its role in The Da Vinci Code. Although its interior is rather austere, it does house some interesting paintings—and a life-size reproduction of The Shroud of Turin.
4. Le Moulin Rouge • Josephine Baker and Edith Piaf once entertained a bohemian crowd at the Moulin Rouge, but these days it caters mostly to tourists. I seem to have misplaced my single Moulin Rouge shot so I hope you’ll settle for another Montmarte stand-in of equal or greater (cultural) value.
5. Montmartre • There are few authentic remnants of the bohemian neighborhood that was once home to Picasso, Dali, Modgiliani, Monet, and a host of other (mostly drunk) artists and musicians. But it’s still an excellent venue for art, people-watching and street photography.
So there you go, Marcia … a little taste of what you can look forward to next time. Please check back soon for the second half of your Top 10 list.
Want to see more of Paris before then? Visit me on Flickr.
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