Archive for July 18th, 2007

Living in deepest darkest Perthshire, we like to visit cities on holiday, so we rented an apartment in Paris for a week.   Nice and central with the big attractions within walking distance.  

Actually, the less obvious things to do and see were as enjoyable and much less crowded than the main things.    And although we visited Notre Dame, the Pompidou Centre, Musee d’Orsay, Sacre Coeur, Saint Chapelle and took a boat trip on the Seine – all busy – we really liked the Opera Garnier, Mamottan Monet Museum, and various churches we visited.     The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees etc. will have to wait for another time.

St Eustache, 10 minutes walk north from Pont Neuf, was particularly interesting.   Half an hour before mass on Sundays, the organist gives a mini recital.   He peeps out from behind the huge instrument high above the great doors and explains what he is about to play, and then, watched by his keen organ scholars, plays wonderfully.

Apart from the seriously good food, a couple of things struck us:   Parisians just seem to know how to dress tastefully – no bare midriffs and exposed bellybuttons on show in the street here.    And few fat people – we saw no fat children at all.   Also, the Metro works reliably and is pleasant to use.

So back home after a nightmare journey:   Flybe Paris Edinburgh was cancelled (stuck flaps on the plane just before take-off), so we went to  Southampton, and then another flight to Edinburgh.   Arrived at midnight 7 and a half hours late.    One bag has been delivered home after 24 hours;   the other will hopefully follow.

But great to get away to a city for a week, and to be in Paris on Bastille Day.

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