Paris Update: The Experience of Imperial Opulent Luxury in the City of Lights – at night!

The Louvre at Night

Hey lovely people!  I haven’t posted in a couple of days so I thought I would write a short note and share a few pics before I go to bed.  I am on such a late night schedule, imagine that!  But I am beginning to sleep better, still can’t seem to go to bed before 3am though!  The last couple of days I have wanted to revisit some of the places I had been just to get a different perspective.  So I went out with camera in hand to try and “see” differently – in the sun – at night – in the rain – under the full moon.  It is amazing at how things look new when we take them in from a different angle or view.  Funny, life is the same way!  I am loving life, and having a wonderful time continuing to discover the beauties of every moment and of this city and it’s people!

I went out yesterday afternoon and walked my way through the Tuileries and the Louvre along the River Seine and up INTO the right bank of Paris.  I was headed out to shop but instead just gawked and took photos like a tourist – never made it to the stores I had intended to visit, but I will do that another day.

Tuileries statue

The evening came and I found myself heading up  the Avenue de l’Opéra that was created from 1864 to 1879 as part of Haussmann’s renovation of Paris. It is situated in the center of the city, running northwest from the Louvre to the Palais Garnier, the primary opera house of Paris (until the opening of the Opéra Bastille in 1989).  By the time I got there they were closed for the day. I am hoping to go back so I can take a tour of the interior, I have heard it is fabulous and saw the model of it at Musee d’Orsay.

The Paris Opera at night

I was getting hungry and of course I would have to pick an opulent place for dinner since I am exploring this imperial world of Paris! So, I stopped for dinner at the Café de la Paix, a famous cafe designed by Charles Garnier, the same architect who designed the Paris Opera. It is said that if one sits at the café, one is bound to run into a friend or acquaintance due to the café’s popularity and reputation…..humm, ok.  So I am thinking…..”I deserve it…I’m going to splurge!”  And splurge I did.  Maybe you saw my post on Facebook last  night, if not, click here and be my friend!!   Oh and by the way, I did not see anyone I knew – no friends or acquaintances.   ; ))

I started walking back to my neighborhood and man did I need to walk, after what I ate!  Anyway, I wandered into some pretty elite areas of Paris, and girls, the clothes, the shops, the streets, the people, the architecture, the accoutrements – simply beautiful.   All I could do was “window” shop…and dream.

Chanel at night

As I walked through the Tuileries on my way back to the apartment after exploring the luxuries of the right bank, I am thinking to myself “this is a photographers dream”, so many amazing and grand treasures – and they stand within reach.  You can touch them, stand next to them, take photos of them – they are all a part of the Parisian’s everyday life and something this little Texas girl will never forget.  Like the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel located in the Place du Carrousel on the site of the former Tuileries Palace. It was built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories of the previous year. The more famous Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile nearby was designed in the same year, but it took thirty years to build, and it is about twice as massive.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris

It rained intermittently throughout the night.  Nothing that kept me from getting around (I was without umbrella),  just that soft gentle Paris rain that comes and goes so quietly. When the sky began to clear on my walk home, I was pleasantly surprised to see the moon peaking out from behind the clouds.  This photo doesn’t do the scene justice, it was breathtakingly beautiful!

moon over the river Seine in Paris

Today was another rainy day but I did not get out this time without my umbrella!  There is something so magical about the rain in Paris.  I stopped for a quick lunch, outside, and took in the view of the flower market just across the street while enjoying a warm goat cheese salad and “water with gas”!

Rainy Lunch at cafe de paris on Rue de Buci in Paris

Sandy in the rain in ParisWyldz Living Room SessionIt was a fantastic day.  I walked, played, and yes, sang in the rain!  I had a meeting with the Wyldz and met them over by the Eiffel Tower.  We had champagne and hors d’oeuvres and celebrated their plans for the band.  More on that later!   The evening ended with a “living room” session with the guys and Mitch’s family playing music and jamming.  Life is good.

Good night for now, more fun stuff tomorrow.  I am actually meeting my friend Melanie, the President of Choli Paris, at “THE CLOWN BAR” at noon tomorrow…hummm, this should be fun.  Until later, here is a big fat Paris kiss!

Bisou Bisou XOXOXO
Sandy

a big fat Paris kiss

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