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Trip Report Dolce Far Niente....the sweetness of doing nothing (well almost) in Paris

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So this is our 5th trip together in Paris and our 3rd at Christmas. This may not be the best T/R I ever wrote...but I will try to include the good stuff and things that might be useful to other travelers. I can start by saying we saw very few sites this time. We have seen a lot already and what we have not seen yet are places best seen in warmer weather. I do hope to finally get to Giverny....someday.

Yeah, I know my title is Italian and not French, but it is perfect for the tone and theme for this trip.

Our love for Paris (especially at Christmas) hasn't disminished. We just don't need to see so many sites while visiting. I got the bug for actually buying, instead of just shopping, last year and that is still with me. Shopping was the priority along with more chocolate/candy, champagne and dining.

I did get some small "firsts" in on this trip...

Our first trip to the Champagne bar at Galleries Lafayette
My first chocolat chaud at Angelina
Our first visit to Chartres and the cathedral there
Our first food tour in Paris
My first chèvre chaud salad--maybe my favorite meal
The worst palmier I ever had - anywhere
The shortest shower in the world (apparently made for Hobbits)
Our first flutes from Baccarat-commissioning those for use tonight (NYE)
Didn't get lost once (nah, just kidding...checking to see if you are still reading!)


As always, I am amazed when we leave at what we still didn't get done. That boat trip on the Seine still didn't happen. Museum of Decorative Arts? Nope. A glass of Champs at Tour Montparnasse, nah-uh, the Cluny-dang it but no. There is one thing on this trip that didn't happen that I never thought would ever happen! Will see if anyone who "knows" us can figure it out and reveal the answer in my last post.

The reason for the above unfinished business is a reason to return. So, a short start to the T/R and I will get rolling on it.

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