Stairs Steps Shopping & Wrong Turns!

Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2012

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Saturday, July 28, 2012

A sleep in! First one for a while and rare at all in the last five weeks. I look out our hotel window onto a window box of flowers and down two little streets with brassieres and a quaint little bookshop which is jammed to the ceiling and I am not sure how one would move around in there. Gorgeous.
Sightseeing today and first stop was Sainte-Chapelle built in 1248 by Louis IX. The magnificent stained glass windows is matched by the star studded vaulted roof, outside is gothic in appearance and partly obscured by restoration work. Walked across River Seine and then took a metro to Tuilleries garden which we walked through before going into Musee de l'Orangerie which houses the magnificent water lily series of Claude Monet. Beautiful. As well we saw works of Renoir, Soutine and Pablo Picasso.
Continued walking past Place de la Concorde to Madeleine church where a service was taking place, I had wanted to visit last time but ran out of time so was good to go inside. On advice from friend Diane found the shops Hediard and Fauchons...amazing displays of fruit, veg, macaroon and chocolate. Lovely.
Lunched at cafe Madeleine! By now Kevin was getting sick of shopping.....he went off and we agreed to meet at hotel later! By myself I was now free to shop til I dropped (you'd be proud of me Jude). Printemps and Galleries La Fayette where the top floors also provide free panoramic views of Paris. Crowds of mostly Asians were horrendous, but I persisted and got the purchases I had wanted. Time to head back........
Those who know me also know my deplorable sense of direction! Yes I got lost....several times. Metro was very confusing so I decided to walk where at least I could read the map. All the stairs into and out of metro are killers! Anyway took me a very long time and many wrong turns to get back (should have just got a taxi). Left Galleries la Fayette at 5 and got into hotel at 6.40! Kevin said he was going to give me another half hour before ringing me..he was betting I was lost...I was exhausted and really only stumbled onto the hotel by accident in the end, I think I was walking around in a daze by then...oh dear it must be nice to have a sense of direction.
Wandered Latin quarter again for tea, it's so interesting in this part of Paris. Lots of shopping photos in this blog for the benefit of my shopper know who you are!
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Jude on

Great photos of food..... Desserts looked so amazing ...I couldn't decide which to have !!! Shopping in Paris...I could've helped you carry your bags, and getting lost in Paris does have a certain charm ! The stained glass windows are just's a beautiful place to just stand in awe. Enjoy time left.Tic Toc....Cya soon xx

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