by MS. H.
Because of a personal interest we visited the National Library at the Institut de France on the left bank. What a delight to see a fully functional library from the 1600's being used by young people with laptops and others simply reading. It is a historic treasure. Place des Vosges has a wonderful story behind it and is so beautiful as well as the Marais. Laying on the grass in the sunshine was a simple treat. Musee Jacquemart-Andre was a stunning mansion and had a very good free audio guide. Lovely things in the gift shop also.
And as a Parisian requirement, taking a long lunch and coffee on a sidewalk cafe is always a delight for us. The retail store Colette is a must to see what's happening in the trendy world.
We are more of 'meal at home' type of people and so only ate a lunch out once - some where near Place des Vosges, I forget the name. And otherwise we will buy things from a grocery store like Monoprix and create our own lunch, sandwiches or a pasta salad and take it where ever we'd like to sit. We also love the ham and cheese crepes that can be bought at street vendors.
Can't think of any *funny* stories.
The picturesque beauty of this city is unmatched, everywhere you turn is something beautiful, historic or romantic. The museums and access to fine art are incredible. The architecture and tree-lined boulevards or narrow streets are a treat for walking, you can find a hidden gem everywhere you look. No one can present even a simple macaron so special as the Parisians do - the packaging and attention to detail is immaculate. Purchase a Laduree macaron or a tiny chocolat from a chocolate shop and you will receive it packaged like a gift - it is wonderful. There is romance & beauty everywhere!
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