Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Goodnight Paris

There are few things more magical than Paris at night especially when the moon is full. We did not want our last precious hours to end, so after a memorable meal at Au Pied de Fouet, a tiny bistro near our hotel, we wandered around Paris until our feet would no longer carry us. The crowds of the day had long gone to bed leaving us to savor Paris alone. 

When I was a child my favorite book was Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown. I loved how everything in the room was told good night before going to sleep. Our adventure around Paris took us to all my favorite monuments to bid them farewell.

Goodnight Tour Montparnasse

Goodnight Tour Eiffel

The often criticized Tour Montparnasse's monolithic appearance is slightly softened by the outline of blue lights and the giant pearl moon hanging over head. 

When I added the link for Tour Montparnasse I came across this link for Airbnb. I had read about Airbnb and thought what a great idea. The next time I travel I will definitely consider this service.

Goodnight Pont Alexandre III

My favorite bridge in Paris is Pont Alexandre III. Beautiful by day, it is especially charming at night. I try never to miss seeing it when visiting Paris. The view of the Eiffel Tower from it is quite pretty. Walking across this lovely bridge makes me so happy. 

Goodnight Champs-Élysée Good Arc de Triomphe

The Champs-Élysée is always full of life no matter what the hour which makes it hard to say good night, but the Louvre was all but deserted and ready for slumber.

Goodnight Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Goodnight Louvre

Goodnight Addison Goodnight Maddie

After being in the warmth of Croatia, Paris was unseasonably chilly. We put on our warmest clothes for our excursion around Paris. Addison gave Maddie some relief from her tired feet. They were good sports as I snapped photo after photo.

Goodnight Pyramide du Louvre

When the architect I M Pei was commissioned to create a new entrance for the Louvre in 1984 the resulting pyramid caused quite a stir. People either love it or hate it, but everyone seems to hold an opinion. Personally, I like the juxtaposition. It is particularly striking when lit at night.

With sore feet and sleepy heads we reluctantly returned to our hotel. But not before saying,

"Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Paris... until we meet again."

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