Saturday, March 01, 2008

friday top ten--musings from paris #2

coming up the stairs from the metro to see sunshine, the seine & notre dame. breathtaking!

the sheer holiness of notre dame. i carried a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as i wandered slowly, listened to the haunting music and offered up prayers for friends and family.

ile st. louis...all of it! the scarf shop. the sandwich. lunch by the seine.

watching the eiffel tower "dance" in the clear night sky. (once it is fully lit, there is a light show every few moments. spectacular! i had to pinch myself to know i was really there. (actually i have been doing that ever since i got here. i will be black & blue for sure!)

the magical spinning of the carousels. i know there is a horse with my name on it waiting to meet me ☺.

being mistake twice in one evening as a French person ☺.

English conversation on the train with the two college girls from america.

sweet white wine and fromage quiche in the afternoon.

listening to the soundtrack of 'once' while viewing pictures of the day.

my cozy little apartment and the wonderful comfy bed next to the red cyclamen i purchased at my neighborhood flower market!


Barbara said...

Glad to see you found the accessible gargoyles! Sounds like you are having a wonderful time!

Karen said...

This is so inspiring--I need to think about living some of my own travel dreams!

Dianna Woolley said...

Fabulous comments - so real for us all. Lump in your throat - surprised you weren't balling with emotion...what a gift you and your family have given you to have this adventure! I'm certain those American college girls won't forget their encounter with the beautiful American woman traveling alone.


Anonymous said...

Glad to see you made it and are having a splendid time! Can't wait to hear more about it when you return...Alix

Sue said...

I imagine being in a foreign land and being inclined to be misunderstood would be a rather Lenten experience at times, convenez-vous?

Glad to be along for the ride with you :)

storyteller said...

Lovely ... just lovely! I'm so thrilled for you.
Hugs and blessings,

Anonymous said...

The picture of your apartment bedding and hearing of the cyclemen touched my heart. You are seeing so much beauty and bringing much beauty into your life this week.I am inspired to do the same right where I am! Cheryl