When I was looking for an apartment in Paris I corresponded with a lady who lives in Paris. We made arrangements to meet and today was the day. We met by the Académie de la grande Chaumiére at 11:00 and we spent the day together. Anne-Francoise showed me her neighbourhood, and some of her favourite secret places. We had a wonderful time together, and walked from eleven till six o’clock, with only three stops: for tea at the Jardin de Luxembourg, lunch at a sidewalk restaurant beside a little square,
We saw so many beautiful buildings and places and it was very interesting as Anne-Francoise was able to tell me all about them. She is very knowledgeable about the history of Paris so I had my very own tour guide! I tried to speak French as much as I could and she spoke English as much as she could and it was just fine. We got along so well and we like many of the same things, so we had lots to talk about.
This is the back of a fountain by the Palais du Luxembourg, and the next picture is the front. I remember seeing this fountain when Bob and I were in Paris, but had no idea there was a back side to it as well. This is one of the many ‘secret places’ I was able to visit today.
We strolled through an interesting flower market with lots of beautiful plants, flowers and garden accessories, and saw store that only sold orchids, big beautiful orchids of every colour and shape.
We crossed the Seine several times and I took pictures of some of the many interesting bridges in Paris.
We dashed across the middle of the street on one of the bridges so I could take this photo of Notre Dame. I really think it is most interesting from this angle, as the flying buttresses that support the walls are visible.
We walked mostly in the 4th, 5th and 6 th arrondissements, and we walked a lot, so I am very tired tonight, but a good tired. I think maybe speaking and trying to understand so much French was a bit tiring too, but we managed to communicate quite well.
This is the St. Etiénne du Mont Church, du Mont means on a hill. It is not vey big but is very ornate inside. I never tire of these beautiful places of worship. They are all so amazing. This church took about 150 years to build! Just imagine…..
I thought this picture might give some idea of how popular motorcycles are here in Paris. These were parked near the Pantheon, alongside yet another big beautiful building.
I should have been taking notes so that I could remember the names of the buildings, I am afraid they all seem to have disappeared from my head tonight. I thought this apartment was particularly pretty with all its matching window boxes.
All too soon it was time to say good bye to my new friend. It was a bit hard to do. We had such a good time, and I don’t know when we will have another chance to spend time together. Strange how it is possible to just meet someone yet it felt like we were friends right from our first greeting.
There is so much more I could write but I really need to get to bed. Tomorrow will likely be my last time drawing at the Académie and I do not want to be too tired. My days in Paris are fast coming to an end. I fly home on Monday.