Saturday, July 18, 2009

A postcard from Paris


Dear all, that's it, this is the end of my first vacation week in Paris... I loved every single minute of it. You would not believe the wonderful architecture, the shops (it's the "Soldes" as they call it here), the restaurants (I had dinner in a secluded terrace yesterday evening just before a huge storm - yes, they have storms too here), the people (the French are not that rude, after all ;)) and the Eiffel Tower (too bad, I missed the gorgeous fireworks they had for Bastille day). Oh I wish so much you were here ;)

37 comments:

  1. I wish I was there too. The only postcards I have from Paris are the ones I grabbed at the Louvre just before it was closing for the day. Oh, to think I still haven't been back. Sigh. Glad you are enjoying your time off, Eric.

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  2. Lucky you, Eric! A whole week of vacation in Paris. Do't forget to send yourself a postcard of the trip (I did!)
    And I have always found the Parisians to be very nice, polite and helpful.
    Glad you had a wonderful time. Why not stay another week? ;)

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  3. Godd idea Wren ;-) I think I'm going to do that. Thanks for the advice ;))

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  4. Hey, I see...

    EIFFEL TOWERS!
    EIFFEL TOWERS!!
    EIFFEL TOWERS!!!

    I remember every single one of these magnets! Oh how I wish I could have afforded them all.

    Eric, I think everyone should take a tour of their own city. I'm so glad you have this opportunity.

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  5. I imagine we ALL wish we could be there! So glad you enjoyed your "staycation" Are you headed south now?

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  6. So glad you are enjoying your 'staycation'. "dinner in a secluded terrace" I hope not alone!

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  7. I used to collect post cards, and in this pic, all of them are so beutiful!
    Thanks Eric, have a nice vacations.

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  8. Such a beautiful message Eric. It seems like if you were speaking of a person. I so wish I could spend a whole week in Paris right now but that's not planned like that I'm afraid! Everywhere I say I love Paris and most of The Parisians. I don't always speak of PDP (sorry Eric:)) because that's something I don't share easily LOL!
    These postcards remind me of something I still has to do. :) These are wonderful. Thank you.

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  9. I read and reread what you wrote about Paris and realized you are just as much a tourist as you are resident. We Francophiles see the beauty in all that you photograph and write about. What is wonderous is that you can also see Paris, your city, with fresh eyes.

    I asked Thib if he ever got jaded with Paris. He said he will sometimes take a longer route when he drives to just admire some scenery. No surprise as to why he is a fan of your Parisian blog,too.

    Since I don't enjoy Paris as MUCH in August as in other months since mostly all the residents are gone, I guess I would have to say, over the food, history, art and architecture, that it's because I love the Parisians. It is they who make the city for me.

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  10. Good gosh, I forgot to say thanks for sending the postcard! So...

    Thanks for sending the postcard!

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  11. I wish I were there too, Eric. Paris is my favorite city. But since I am living in Los Angeles with no vacation in sight, I think I will follow your example and staycation. After all, lots of people pay lots of money to come here every year. And I've never been to the Getty Museum. Maybe it's time!

    I so enjoy your posts and pics every day. Thanks for sharing your city and your happy spirit with us!

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  12. I always thought I'd be back there by now. I miss it! Thank you for the post card!

    ammamcp, you remind me how good we have it here. The Getty is lovely, and the Huntington, too. Beach, mountains, desert. We have everything except Paris here!

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  13. Nice caption.
    Glad to know that your enjoyed your vacation Eric!
    I went to le Trocadero for Bastille Day and honestly...it was sh**.. too crowded, streets closed everywhere. The firework itself was amazing though.

    Other holidays are coming, right? Enjoy! Again!

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  14. How wonderful that you can appreciate the place where you live, and share it with us! Merci!

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  15. Eric, I can envision many of your PDP photos as postcards joining these. May the next week plod slowly along for you on your vacation to the south...make it last and soak up the rays. Okay, back to my Chardonnay...no gig tonight so I'm enjoying some jazz documentaries.

    Alexa...OVATION TV this week has been amazing for music history (jazz in particular)...check it out and tell your bro.

    Michael...yesterday's comment was too funny my man! Very subtle I must say. Ahem.

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  16. Wow Eric, I think this is a very unusual post from you. The caption is very personal and caught my attention differently than the rest. Pretty cool! (yes, I used the word "cool").

    Glad you got the subtlety Coltrane.

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  17. Eric, thank you for the fabulous, thoughtful post card. Count me among those who appreciate Paris AND Parisians. I remember meeting one Parisian lady at a bus stop my first day in Paris. She was so kind in explaining the routes and even gave me her transit map! I KNEW I was going to love Paris, and it did not disappoint. Of course, I would be overjoyed to be with you and the rest of PDP in Paris right now. May you continue to enjoy your time off.

    P.S. For those of you who dream, as I do, of having an apartment in Paris, I think you'll really enjoy this.

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  18. Cher Eric, you are sooo sentimentally sweet here ... bisous

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  19. I wish I was there too :)

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  20. I just realized ... After clicking on that link, please scroll to "Paris Dreams."

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  21. Eric, thanks for this nice postcard. I'm glad you enjoyed your free time in Paris. (I love the word "staycation", btw!)

    PHX, it's fun you remember I said that! And I confirm it's true: I love driving, or "velib'ing", in Paris, just to enjoy the scenery. And I regularly use different ways from office to home (or reverse), just for pleasure ... or sometimes to avoid traffic, I admit ;-)

    Parisian Heart, it seems that your link is not available from outside the US !?

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  22. I really like the way you have written this postcard to us! It's like you are away and sampling Paris for the first time - something we should all do in our home cities. Maybe it's a good idea for Theme Day? Postcard from your city? I also like the shot, of the different types of card you can buy. I choose the Van Gogh (I think?) one at the bottom, third from left. What about you?

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  23. Thank you for the postcard, Eric! What a lovely way to do your post today. I think I'll take a leaf from your book and re-discover the delights of my own city.

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  24. Mais Non! I have never found the French rude. On the contrary, I think they are charm personified ;)

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  25. Can't quite agree with that, Anonyme, I could tell you some stories which would make your hair curl. lol. The ones we know on here though are charm itself, absolument!

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  26. Thank you Eric - your photos are wonderous and beautiful. I love that you are able to view your city with the eyes of a visitor. I have always tried to appreciate my city in that way too - it makes living in a city a marvellous thing - to discover all of the hidden spots and special activities that go on.
    Thanks again for all of your lovely pics and commentaires!

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  27. Thanks for the post card. I very much wish I was there right now!

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  28. AsianTravellingGal (Pittsburgh, USA)July 18, 2009 at 6:05:00 PM GMT+2

    I so wished I am there!
    The postcards pic looked lovely.
    Sunny greetings from Pittsburgh, PA, USA!

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  29. Thib -- How disappointing! I wonder what's up with that? It's an episode of a show called "House Hunters International." On the "Paris Dreams" episode, a couple searches for an apartment to buy in the sixieme arrondissment. Their options and their ultimate choice were fabulous!

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  30. Hi from Paris!!
    Where is the blue?
    What is this French ashamed judgment?
    I'm feeling like not going back to work in these conditions LOL:)

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  31. Parisian heart: When I was in Paris in June, i was able to get the CBS news, but NBC wouldn't allow use from Europe. Neither would Netflix. Probably the same with your TV link

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  32. I'm glad you enjoyed my postcard. I had fun writing it ;-) ANd I like that you protested when I said the French are not that rude LOL!

    Parisian heart, it's true I cannot access your link either. I hate it when they block content (mostly videos) if you're not from the right country. What is this, North Korea?!

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  33. Eric -- if I can't be there myself, I like next best seeing Paris through your eyes because you clearly love it so!
    Coltrane -- thanks for mentioning the jazz docs. I recently added that station to my cable service too.
    Parisian Heart -- thanks for the link. I love House Hunters Intl and most of all the episodes about Paris
    (and like you, I dream of living there again one of these days).

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  34. Eric, thanks for the lovely post card! Seeing this picture and reading you describe your holidays in Paris, it really makes me miss Paris....!

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  35. Guille I believe you're about to go away for YOUR vacation right?

    :)

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