Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Bastille District

Our first task upon arriving in Paris was to make our way through the airport to the metro system. Fortunately, my husband knew just what to do since he has been there on business many times before.

As it turns out, our hotel was just one block from the metro station where we exited. Best Western runs the Hotel Marais Bastille which is centrally located and sits on a street lined with trees, with a park just across the street.



The view from a small balcony off our room was beautiful.

It was so lovely to see that the leaves had already begun to change.

Yet there were also colorful plants and flowers everywhere we looked.



It was like experiencing fall and spring at the same time.



We arrived late afternoon on Sunday so our first night was spent wandering the area around our hotel.



Just a few blocks away was the Colonne de Juliet which stands as a tribute to those who died in the uprisings of 1830 and 1848.

Nights were cool enough that we were able to sleep with the windows open, something unheard of during summer in Kuwait.

Since our flight had departed Kuwait at 4 am and we didn't get to our hotel until after 4 pm, we all slept really well that first night.

I am nearly through the mountain of laundry we brought back with us. School clothes have been ironed, ready for the start of the new school year tomorrow. It's still amazing to me that one day we can be in Paris, and the next day we are home again, back to reality.

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. Best wishes for a great new week. Friendship blessings, Tammy

23 comments:

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Hello dear Tammy, I have been busy and not felt well this week, the Ohio River Valley crud they call it. Loved your photo essay of Paris. Thanks so much for sharing. Still hot as hades here in Ky. and of all things dry right now. Blessings for a great school year.
QMM

Createology said...

Your trip to Paris looks amazing. I have been once and would love to go again and pretend I actually live there. Of course I don't speak French so it would be difficult but I am willing to try. Happy school days to the littles. When does your summer end? Ours is very soon. Blissful days to you...

Heather - The Good Life said...

Your trip sounds wonderful and your photos are lovely.

~*~Patty S said...

ooo Paris!
how wonderful and delightful and dreamy!
oxo

The Garden Bell said...

Fabulous. That comment about the metro from the airport to the city, brought back so many memories of Scott and my trip. I think we had a major melt down right there. No clue where to go and Scott had the brillant idea about every thing in backpacks. Now, that was about 14 years ago, but right now it feels like yesterday looking at all your pics. What a fun trip this was.

rosarod said...

Hi Tammy, thanks for sharing your photos and experiences, as you say back home and preparing for the new school year your kids when the refresh rates for a shorter vacations they may be, we feel renewed! hugs, Rose Marie

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

Both days for the wedding on Friday and Saturday were unbelievably sunny and warm! Like a dream. The minute it all was over, it started raining...
Thanks for you visit and comment and welcome back to 'reality' with laundry and other chores that await us after our travels!
Love to you,

Mariette

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I know you especially enjoyed the flowers and greenery! And, the cool breeze through your window at night! Your photos are beautiful, Tammie! So glad to get to take the tour with you and hope we see some more! blessings ~ tanna

Mary said...

Wow, Paris....that is so cool! I love the buildings in your pictures. I bet you really enjoyed the coolness of the Parisienne summer :)
It gets me excited for when we can do some traveling (after Mike retires this-coming Spring).

Anonymous said...

I have been so many places in my lifetime, but Paris is not one of them. I did not realize that there would be changing trees there. How lovely. It sure looks beautiful with the flowers, small streets and beautiful buildings. Such a change from your last vacation to Napal. I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings on your blog.
Glad to hear you were able to get through all the laundry. My bags are unpacked, and laundry is next on my list of things to do.
Hope the boys had a wonderful first day of school. We have one more week to go...
Love ya,
Renee

Gwendolyn said...

Lovely ! I am sure that cooler weather felt very nice for you. How did the boys like it?
Where or where will you adventure off to next?
love and hugs!

Jen Kershner said...

How wonderful! It all looks so lovely! I hope I get to see if for myself next May!

Maria said...

What a lovely trip. The only bad thing about living in Australia is that everywhere else is so very far away. Would so love to visit more countries

Anonymous said...

Hi Tammy...

So happy you and your family got to experience Paris. Loved all the photos. Glad you had a change-of-scene from the heat of Kuwait, too.

Take care and may your week be wonderful

Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Diane said...

I bet you just soaked up every bit ot that beautiful vegetation and cool air. I'm so glad you could go.

LDH said...

Oh, what a wonderful trip. I sure did enjoy your photos! Thank you for sharing!

Serena said...

I'm glad you had a lovely trip....great pics! How did you like the food?? Yep...it's always good to get home again ~ :)

Barbara Jean said...

How wonderful to be able to experience all of it. Thank for sharing.

blessings
barbara jean

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

What a pretty and fun trip this looks like! Have a happy weekend. blessings,Kathleen

val said...

what wonderful photos! Have a good first day back today. We are off for Labor Day.

Rizzi said...

HOW GREAT IS THIS, YOUR PICTURES ARE SO NICE.
HOW WAS THE FOOD? LIFE NEVER CHANGES, BACK TO DOING LAUNDRY....HAVE A GREAT WEEK. RIZZI

Ola said...

the streets look very nice with these flowers!

Sussie said...

I love all the photos you took in Paris. Thanks for sharing them with us! I can almost feel I´m there too. :)

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