One of the things that I’m happy with on my recent trip to Paris was the luggage we took. We each took a small carry-on sized bag and one additional bag (backpack for me, man-purse-camera-bag for Ron). I had a minimal amount of clothing that I was able to wash throughout the week with my packets of Soak. All my clothes coordinated, and I could dress for the weather. I had runners, light sandals, 3 t-shirts, 1 blouse, 2 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of pants, 1 light cardigan (sadly not hand knit), a few necklaces, and at least 4 hand knit shawls/scarves.
I wasn’t able to emulate the chic layered looks I saw all around me because I would have been a bigger puddle of sweat. There were lots of Parisians with outer jackets, a sweater, a shirt, pants, socks & shoes. Still, I wasn’t the logo-sporting, sweats-wearing tourist that I saw a great deal of. It’s almost like I’m a real adult.
My runners were great for walking around during the day. Here’s an example of a day with a whole lot of walking. We went to the Père Lachaise cemetery. We were somewhat prepared with a map and a list because 110 acres is rather large. Ron got his obligatory pictures of Jim Morrison’s grave:
I took plenty of shots of random gates because that’s what interested me. It was quiet and peaceful and shady. Somehow I didn’t manage to get a shot of Chopin’s grave.
I couldn’t resist a shot of this ad in the subway because it made me laugh (see this explanation of Magritte’s work). I got some looks for taking the picture, but I’m glad I did!
And finally, here’s a shot of lunch in the Tuileries and a column at Place de la Concorde.
I think I’ve only got one more set of photos to show you from Paris. We sure packed in a lot into one week!