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Trip Report I love Paris in the Springtime - a trip report

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Background: This was my 11th trip to Paris, and my 7th solo trip. I've never posted a trip report on Fodors, so we will see how this goes. I am not a writer (math degree here), and I'm sure I will have spelling errors. I can speak French at an intermediate level. I'm 39, single, and childfree.

I go to Paris to escape, and to remind myself that no matter what life throws at me, I will always have Paris. Nothing bad ever happens (to me) in Paris. I wish I could say that about life at "home".

The food, culture, museums, parks, wine, people, shopping, coffee, monuments - they all give me pleasure and I'm always reminded of what Victor Hugo said, "To breathe the air of Paris preserves the soul." Indeed, for me, it does.

As you will read, I also went to Paris to catch up on much needed beauty sleep. Sleeping is in my top 10 of favorite things to do anywhere.

Day 0 - Sat March 28

United flight out of ORD, 20 minutes late taking off. Due to "last minute" bookings, the only seat left in economy was a middle seat. No way in hell was I going to take a middle seat for an 8 hour flight, so I paid an extra $97 for an aisle seat in economy plus. I complained about not being able to use any of my miles for econ plus.

Dinner was chicken curry with vegetables. I watched two movies, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" or some such, and I can't remember the other one. As usual, I didn't get a wink of sleep.

Day 1 - Sun March 29

Plane touched down at about 9:40 am. No checked bags. It seemed I had to walk longer than I can remember before because of renovations to terminal 1. Breezed through passport control and off to find a taxi. No wait for a taxi, and I was at my hotel Le Regent (rue Dauphine) by 10:30 or so. Cost of taxi was 50 euro including tip.

My room was not yet ready, so I dropped off my bag at had an express at Relais Odeon. It was about 55 - 60 degrees and partly cloudy. The coffee was excellent, and served with a delicious piece of dark chocolate.

I suddenly remembered that there is a bird market on Sundays near Notre Dame. And off I went. Walked up rue Dauphine and crossed over the Pont Neuf. Entered Place Dauphine, and looked for the painted cat on one of the buildings. About a dozen people were doing Tai-Chi (I think it was) and I watched them for a few minutes. Continuing on along the Quai de l'Horloge I gazed at the Conciergerie and then admired the clock for a bit.

I could hear the birds before I saw them. All kinds. Even roosters. I wondered who would come to city to buy a rooster? Are they allowed as pets? I took great delight in all the birdsong. There were also bunnies, and gerbils, and fish, and of course, flowers as is normal for days other than Sundays.

I figured my room would be ready, so I decided to stroll back to the hotel. Room 15, a courtyard view and lower floor just as I requested. This standard room is small, but fine for just me. Two people would be tripping all over each other. The nicest feature of the room is the bathroom which is entirely done in marble. Everything is spotless, though the carpet looks like it has seen better days.

I unpack. Freshen up. Then promptly collapse in my very comfortable bed for 6 hours.

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