Bienvenue à Paris


Ah, Paris. If you’ve never been, it needs to be in the top three places you plan to visit. It’s one of a kind. Ernest Hemingway said it best in A Moveable Feast : “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

This trip, we are using Paris as a hub from which we can easily, and cheaply, visit Porto, Portugal, friends in Bologna, Italy as well as friends in Vilnius, Lithuania. We rented a funky, little apartment on Rue de L’Aqueduc in the 10th arrondissment. For the month of May, it’s home.


Today, John and I visited the public park, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, in the neighboring arrondissment, the 19th. The park is off the beaten tourist path and like so many spots in this city, it’s beautiful!


It’s hard to believe that the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont was essentially a dump, sewer and limestone quarry before Baron Haussman, the Prefet of Paris commissioned by Napoleon III to redesign Paris, decided to make it a public park. Opened in 1867, it’s been a favorite of Parisians ever since.


The most famous feature of the park is the Temple de la Sibylle, inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy.


My favorite part of the park is the artificial stream running through it, complete with stepping stones to cross.


Of course, the waterfall isn’t bad either.


I’ve run out of superlatives to adequately describe Paris just as I’m at a loss to describe how proud I am of my Megan who graduates from Georgia State University this month.

How incredibly fortunate that we get to spend some time with her in this amazing city before she returns home in a few days to start the next phase of her young life.

Life is good! Or as they say in Paris, la vie est belle!

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