Posts Tagged ‘Place des Vosges’

I may have emitted an involuntary little squeal last month when I happened across this scene in Paris: a Citroën deux-chevaux in front of the Place des Vosges. Could it get any more classic? But that wasn’t the first frame I shot. My first frame was an unimaginative, wide-angle snapshot. I take a lot of […]


“You’re going to Paris again?” The annoyance is palpable when friends ask that — and it’s a fair question. There are so many beautiful places in the world, so many interesting cities besides Paris. “Don’t you get bored, seeing the same stuff?” I’m always tempted to reply: This quote came to mind last month in […]


“Have you read How Paris Became Paris?” my new blog-friend Nomad Woman asked recently. I had indeed — and I loved Joan DeJean’s approach of (re)telling the city’s history through architectural and technological innovations. I especially appreciated DeJean’s characterization of Henry IV (1554 – 1610) as a visionary. I had never before regarded his urban […]


Esteban got up uncharacteristically early this morning: His train to Amsterdam was leaving at 11, and he hadn’t yet packed. “Why are we doing this?” I asked as he finished packing. It seemed like a good idea at the time, when I’d proposed we spend a week doing our own thing … After he left, […]


If you’re just joining us, you might want to check out Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 first. Or, just use the “by subject” pull-down menu to your right (you’ll find a category titled “Seven cities in 10 days”). Esteban and I are a bit weary of the crowds in Florence, so we […]


If you’re just joining us, you might want to check out Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 first. Or, just use the “Seven cities in 10 days” pull-down menu in the “by subject” column to your right. Between the tourists lying squished in the street and the purse-snatchers, we’ve had a bad first impression […]


If you’re just joining us, you might want to check out Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 first. We’ve been in Venice for two days. Today we’re leaving its welcoming, pedestrian-friendly streets for the bustling crowds of Florence. Day 5: Thursday, September 20, 2007 No early-morning walk today: I overslept. After a quick shower, we […]


If you’re just joining us, you might want to check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 first. It’s only day 4 of our trip and already we’ve visited three cities. After a rainy night, we awaken to a spectacular morning in Venice. Day 4: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 Noi siamo in Venezia! I woke up […]


If you’re just joining us, you might want to check out Part 1 and Part 2 first. We’re in Milan, where we’re getting ready to tackle the entire city—including the Duomo and La Scala—in one day. Within 12 hours, we’ll be on our way to Venice. Day 3: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 I don’t think […]


If you’re new to the blog, you might want to check out Part 1 first. We’re in Paris, where Esteban and I have spent one night recuperating from our flight. Today, we’re getting ready to board the train to Milan. Day 2: Monday, September 17, 2007 E and I awoke feeling refreshed enough to tackle […]


In September of 2007, Esteban and I set out on our most ambitious trip to date. We’d never been to Italy before, so we wanted to get a taste of several cities. Our original itinerary called for Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome. Although we discussed flying into Rome, we were concerned about the cost. So […]