1. When I was 20 years old, I climbed the 422 steps to the bell tower of the Notre Dame and was drafted by our eccentric elderly guide to “ring”the biggest bell. He had me stand under the massive dome, placed the clapper in my hand, and guided me in gently rubbing it along the […]
Montmartre is probably best known for its magnificent Sacre Coeur Basilica, and for good reason. It’s gorgeous inside and out, and it affords pilgrims worldwide an absolutely breathtaking view of the city. What I found out today, though is that Montmartrois (residents of Montmartre) really can’t stand the place. Long story, but suffice it to […]
After the exhilarating intensity of India, Paris welcomed us for our four-day layover with serenity and seventy-degree weather. Everything was easy, from the overnight nine-hour plane ride, to the train from Charles de Gaulle, to the faithful Hotel St. Andre-des-Arts, to which I’ve returned after a 26 year absence. Of course, with the building having […]
Despite the picture I previously posted of my suitcase spillage, I had no trouble closing it. I’ll admit that this is mostly due to the lightness of summer clothing, and not necessarily my judicious packing choices. My bag managed to close despite the fact that I packed four pairs of shoes, for instance: a […]
We welcome bargains in any part of the world but in Paris, they are an absolute must. So far, I’ve been able to snag deals on Groupon.fr for our one “splurge” dinner at a restaurant owned by Gerard Depardieu, and for froyo and marshmallows– both in the pricey 6th arrondissment of our (not so pricey) […]
OUR BAGGAGE TO INDIA T and I are limiting ourselves to one standard carry-on suitcase for the two weeks we’ll be traveling. As you can see, my bag (like my cup) runneth over. Gonna spend some time over the next two days contemplating the art of subtraction.