“There’s always next time.”
Don’t get me wrong, I loved every minute of my three days but it went by so fast, if I didn’t have photos, I’d think it had been a dream.
Like me, Marcia came home with a bunch of “must sees” that will have to wait until next time. But as I perused her Top 10 list of misses I realized how lucky I’ve been to see so very, very much of Paris.
So today I thought I’d take Marcia’s list and give her a little preview of what she’ll get to see next time. Here are the first five.
1. Sunset cruise on the Seine • Many Parisians dismiss these as being too “touristy,” but they’re a lovely way to wrap up the day and see the city—plus the Eiffel Tower’s light show—from a new perspective.
2. La Sainte-Chapelle • Built by Louis IX to house Christ’s crown of thorns, this stunning chapel was consecrated in 1248. It still boasts much of the original glass and is a popular venue for classical-music concerts. Go on a partly cloudy day for the best light show.
3. Église Saint-Sulpice • Paris’s second-largest church (after Notre Dame), St. Sulpice may ring a bell because of its role in The Da Vinci Code. Although its interior is rather austere, it does house some interesting paintings—and a life-size reproduction of The Shroud of Turin.
4. Le Moulin Rouge • Josephine Baker and Edith Piaf once entertained a bohemian crowd at the Moulin Rouge, but these days it caters mostly to tourists. I seem to have misplaced my single Moulin Rouge shot so I hope you’ll settle for another Montmarte stand-in of equal or greater (cultural) value.
5. Montmartre • There are few authentic remnants of the bohemian neighborhood that was once home to Picasso, Dali, Modgiliani, Monet, and a host of other (mostly drunk) artists and musicians. But it’s still an excellent venue for art, people-watching and street photography.
So there you go, Marcia … a little taste of what you can look forward to next time. Please check back soon for the second half of your Top 10 list.