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A pictorial trip report - "Solo in Paris"

A pictorial trip report - "Solo in Paris"

Old Nov 16th, 2019, 06:51 AM
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The painted tree shadows on those buildings at Place Saint André des Arts were perfect for many years, and then those tags arrived and it is just not the same anymore.
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Old Nov 16th, 2019, 08:03 AM
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It was sad to see Notre Dame after the fire. I was very glad to have been to Paris before and seen her in all her glory. I was very lucky that this old car drove by right at exactly the right moment.



Still beautiful.
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Old Nov 16th, 2019, 01:06 PM
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Smoke break.



The trees were just turning colour, making for beautiful photos.
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Old Nov 17th, 2019, 06:01 AM
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Your charming photos tell a story of life in Paris. I especially liked the 2 kids with umbrellas. I give you credit for traveling alone, but how is it eating dinner in a restaurant alone? That would be hard for me.
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Old Nov 17th, 2019, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by TPAYT View Post
Your charming photos tell a story of life in Paris. I especially liked the 2 kids with umbrellas. I give you credit for traveling alone, but how is it eating dinner in a restaurant alone? That would be hard for me.
Thanks, TPAYT!

I would normally have lunch in a café, and dinner at my apartment. I am not quite at the stage where I am comfortable having dinner alone at a fancy restaurant.
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Old Nov 17th, 2019, 09:50 AM
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I would normally have lunch in a café, and dinner at my apartment. I am not quite at the stage where I am comfortable having dinner alone at a fancy restaurant.
Probably what I’d do too if I travelled solo. Of course you can be playing with*your phone and not really have to talk to anyone. Have seen single women at the bar and for the most part*people leave them alone, unless they strike up a conversation themselves.

Maybe I should try this myself one of these days...?
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Old Nov 17th, 2019, 01:11 PM
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I love your photos, especially the one of the street lamps, nice perspective!
Glad you had a nice trip. I have not done an entire solo trip, but have traveled alone to meet my daughter, and I did enjoy the solo portions. I also often spend a whole Saturday playing solo tourist in my own area. Looking forward to more of your report!
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Old Nov 27th, 2019, 01:57 PM
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One day I took the bus out to the Musee Marmottan. This was a bit of an adventure as I got on what I thought was the right bus, but it was going in the wrong direction. “No problem”, I thought, “I will just ride it all around the route and eventually arrive at Porte de la Muette. But when we got to Gare de Lyon, the bus driver said it was the end of the line and everyone had to get off. Harrumph! I had to cross the street and get on the one going the other way. Oh well, no worries, I am on vacation, and I'm in Paris. I just saw it as an opportunity to see part of the city that I had never seen before.Anyway, I loved the Musee Marmottan. So many beautiful paintings, and Monets in particular, which is why I went. An entirely different vibe from the D'Orsay. Much less busy and more relaxed. Lots of benches to sit on and view that paintings in an unhurried manor. I got the audioguide also, and that was very informative to learn more about the art works.
I thought the pigeon sitting on his head was kind of funny.
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Old Nov 28th, 2019, 03:55 AM
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Kerouac, You sum up my feelings exactly too. Just like the rest of life everything is a trade off. I do like my co-pilot for driving in other countries, so maybe the exception to my afore mentioned agreement,
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Old Nov 28th, 2019, 06:48 AM
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One of the things I enjoyed in Paris was walking around at night taking pictures, even in the rain. Apparently I take on my alter-ego when I am there, as I would never dream of doing this at home. The rain did make for some beautiful reflections.


Cafe near my apartment where I ended up having lunch a couple of times.

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Old Nov 28th, 2019, 06:55 AM
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I enjoyed sitting in cafes, too, and would often stop in at the neighbourhood “Paul” on my way home from the day's activities. So much fun to sit and enjoy a cafe creme and a pastry and people watch.




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Old Nov 28th, 2019, 07:04 AM
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Here are a few more night shots, since I seem to be able to upload pictures again.


Paris fast food.





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Old Nov 28th, 2019, 07:54 AM
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On Thursday I took a small group tour to Claude Monet's home in Giverny. There was only myself and two other ladies. I had considered doing it the DIY route (like my husband and I did the last time we went there), but I decided, for various reasons, that I would splurge this time and go with the small van tour. I was picked up and delivered right in front of my apartment. Our driver spoke very good English, and gave us a bit of commentary and played a DVD about Giverny.

We were let in the lily pond garden half an hour before opening time because of being with a tour. Our driver told us to meet him back in the parking lot right in front at 1:00 and we were free to wander and explore at our own pace. It was so beautiful! Like stepping into a painting. And without very many other people there it was even better.



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Old Nov 28th, 2019, 08:35 AM
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What beautiful pictures!
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Old Nov 28th, 2019, 08:36 AM
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Lovely! I took a van tour and loved the ease, the ride and quiet(er) time in the gardens.

Loving your report! Beautiful photos!
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Old Nov 28th, 2019, 08:47 AM
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Really love those night photos, too. Thanks for a great report.
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Old Nov 29th, 2019, 08:58 AM
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Absolutely loving your photos, especially the night ones when it’s raining. Plus of course Giverny...😍
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Old Dec 3rd, 2019, 03:16 PM
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Loving the photos! Thanks for putting the link in Solo Traveler. I would have missed this!
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Old Dec 7th, 2019, 11:19 AM
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Thank you all for your kind comments.The flowers in the main garden were not at their peak, of course, this being October, but there was still lots of colour, and I am glad that I went.

Actually, looking back, I think this day was probably the highlight of my trip.

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Old Dec 7th, 2019, 11:22 AM
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I was surprised that they allow pictures to be taken inside the house now.



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