The quickest trip to Paris
My Paris trip was all about seeing my friends who live in Boulogne-Billancourt, and therefore, my focus was not touristy things. However, there were a few of those.
Le Musee Picasso - If you’re any kind of Picasso fan, this is worth a visit. His early works, sculptures, and sketches are there. I really had no idea he was such a sculptor in addition to a painter. He created some very interesting pieces and had such an interesting life. The museum is in Le Marais and regular entry is about $14 per adult. I spent approximately 90 minutes there with my friends, partly due to the fact that we had a baby in a stroller and navigation was a bit different. It was small, but well done. There are some beautiful views out the windows into the gardens and if you look carefully from the third floor, you can see Le Sacre Couer in the distance.
Les Chouettes - When you’ve seen all of the art of Picasso, stroll through Le Marais to this restaurant for a very nice lunch. There’s outdoor seating and a beautiful solarium space. The bar is bright and airy (though small) and the restaurant is filled with light and beautiful people. Seriously, the middle table when we got there had a party of young women sitting at it who were all so pretty and fashionable in the perfect Parisian girl way. My friend and I drank rose, her husband had a beer, and I ate a pasta dish that had seafood and vegetables. There was desssert as well, I can’t for the life of me remember the name of what I ordered. It was some kind of cake with chestnut creme and it was delicious.
Things to note:
- Uber is in Paris. YAY! It costs about 50 Euros to go from the city to Charles De Gaulle and you can get one easily at 5 am on a Sunday morning.
- The weather was gorgeous the weekend I was there. It was in the high 70′s, dry, a little overcast at times but mostly sunny. The weekend after it hailed and stormed and that was the start of the Paris floods. I must have taken the good weather with me, sorry Paris!
- It is just as wonderful and gorgeous as I remember it and it is still first in my heart, Amsterdam, never fear, you are a very close second.
- The Place de Vosges (pictured above, last photo) is a great place to stretch out and get some sun on a lovely day and to see and be seen.
- The Metro and the RER are very easy to navigate - even for someone who is not used to riding public transportation. Don’t let the foreign language scare you. Each line has a number and the direction it is going is named after the last stop. The maps are large and might seem overwhelming at first but if you take the time to figure out one route, it will get easier every time.
The rest of my time in Paris was spent relaxing and catching up with my friends and trying very hard to speak the little French I know. I’ll be back and hopefully for longer than a visit - it is a place I’d like to live someday and I know that I can make it happen.