Published: September 30th 2013September 30th 2013
What a day this has been, what a rare mood I'm in, why it's almost like falling in love!! Needles to say I've had a FANTASTIC day in Paris!
It began when I went to have a manicure at a nail shop a short walk from my apartment. With my nails a very glamorous red I headed off on the subway to join a walking tour. I found the tour on the Internet at www.discoverwalks.com and can thoroughly recommend it to anyone intending to visit Paris. I did the Left Bank Latin Quarter Tour with an excellent tour guide Kévi Donat and, apart from two girls from Brazil, everyone on the tour was Australian. I loved every minute of it. Many things I learnt on the tour I've used to describe the photos so won't repeat them here. Except that is to make mention of the original Shakespeare and Company bookstore which was opened by Sylvia Beach in 1919 and which became a gathering place for the likes of Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Man Ray. Under German occupation during WW11 the original store closed and never reopened. But in 1951 George Whitman
Palais de Justice, Paris
Former Royal Palace of Saint Louis
opened another English language bookstore which, in 1964 after Sylvia Beach's death, was renamed Shakespeare and Company. Many famous people have used the bookstore and with 13 bed many people have spent the night there. I'm definitely going back before I leave Paris!
After saying goodby to my fellow walkers, and refreshing myself with an expensive cup of coffee in a café I wandered into the Luxembourg Gardens which was filled with many others enjoying the beauty and peace of it all.
Deciding to go to eat out in the evening to a restaurant just up the road from my apartment, once I opened the door to freshen up before heading off again, my intentions changed. Instead I ate in while l listening to Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey and the like, a couple of whom were singing "What a day this has been..."
There are more photos below