One day, in our own domestic airport, whilst waiting for my son to return home, I picked up a book to read.
Conscious of our (at that stage) impending travels to Europe, I chose “Paris Letters”, by Janice Macleod, which led me to her website – http://janicemacleod.com – and from there I found another delightful book, “Paris, an inspiring tour of the city’s creative heart” by Janelle McCulloch, a description of Paris by it’s Arrondissements.
We used this book to guide our walks through Arr 5 and 18 in our few days (with a little help from Google, where we discovered the white train and the Montmartre Cemetery).
Each of the described walks was a great way to spend a day, and really gave a familiarity and depth that we would have otherwise missed. How else would we have found the Pantheon or the Grand Mosquee de Paris with it’s tucked away Tea Salon?
Or the best ice-cream in the world, near a square where Hemingway used to sit and watch the world go by?
And then there’s the gardens – for example the “Jardin des Plantes” which went for miles it seemed – including a comprehensive herb area – very soap inspiring!
If you ever go to Paris, walk – just walk!
And find time to sit and watch the passing parade, or to feel WHO is watching you – like I did whilst sitting on a park bench in the Jardin des Plantes: