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Paris in August

Paris. C'est fantastique! 

Even in August, with hordes of tourists, we loved Paris.

At Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte
We walked until our hearty ultrarunner legs nearly fell off.

We ate cheese, pastries, baguettes, tartines, omelets, ice cream, falafel, French toast made by a real Frenchman, and pretty much anything that was set before us. We drank wine at every meal but breakfast (I'm pretty sure we never drank wine with breakfast).


Cheese. Not the stuff we get here in America,
REALLY FREAKING GOOD CHEESE.
The weather was a refreshing, welcome change from the heat and humidity we left behind. The first few days, it was so cool I was wishing for more than my lightweight sweater. It was like Fall, but with long days -- the sun didn't set til nearly 9:30 p.m. Quite possibly, the best of all possible worlds!

Jardin du Luxembourg. Love the way the French inter-plant flowers.

As luck would have it, my cousin Pam knows the city like the back of her hand and has created a website with perfect sight-seeing walks. Want to stroll around tasting French gourmet cuisine as you go? She has a free app for your smartphone: 7 La Semain du Gout. If you're lucky enough to be traveling to Paris, check it out!
 
This trip was special because I got to spend time with my parents, brothers, sisters-in-law and niece, as well as my cousins. My cousins used to spend a month or so each summer with us in Kansas, so it was like old times (except nobody tied anyone to a broomstick or locked them in the neighbors' dog kennel). 

Another highlight: we got to watch our beloved alma mater, the Kansas Jayhawks, play basketball against a French team. Sadly we witnessed their first ever international loss, but it was a great game.

I'll leave you with a few more photos from the trip. Be forewarned, they may cause sensations of hunger, wanderlust and Francophilia.



Breakfast on my cousin's back patio

Cyclist with a pannier I'm now obsessing about

Adam enjoying some French wine

At the market in Lagny-sur-Marne, buying more cheese

Savory crepe
Sacré Cœur

View of Paris from   Sacré Cœur
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Stained glass in Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris


Hubz favorite sight in Paris: L'Arc de Triomphe


The magnificent cheese plate at Restaurant Astier
We loved this cafe in St. Germain

Le Metro

Tartine

Macarons at Laduree

Rock Chalk Jayhawk! (what, don't you take
all your family photos in a parking garage?)


9 comments:

Rob said...

What an amazing city! Seeing your photos makes me want to go back again. I think when I was last there, I had an espresso at that very same cafe in St. Germain. Hope you had a chance to get in a few runs while you were there.

Redhead Running said...

I have been WAITING for this post!!! GAH!!! Looks like such a fun time and makes me so excited for our honeymoon! Thanks for sharing and please feel free to send me any recommendations or post even more photo's!!!! :)

Katie said...

because I wasn't ALREADY crazy jealous. WOW.

Anonymous said...

AND now I am also crazy jealous..glad you had such a fantastic time, so much beauty, and so much CHEESE and bread and wine...joie de vivre. CaronET @runreadrant

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a good time. I'm looking forward to my 5th trip to Paris next summer. Sometime I'll be in France for Le Tour:)

Larry Ryan

Amy Reinink said...

OHHHH, the CHEESE! Seeing your photos of the lovely, smelly (I'm guessing) French cheese brought back memories of my trip to Toulon two summers ago. Those people know how to EAT (I'm trying to forget I saw your picture of pain au chocolat AND smelly cheese). From the walking tours to the food, it looks like you did your Paris trip the right way!

Lisa said...

Lovely photos. I really need to go to Paris sometime soon.

I have a pannier like that, except in purple: http://publicbikes.com/p/Basil-Mirte-Shopper-Pannier

Silvia Bennett said...

Beautiful trip! It makes me want to visit Paris real soon, I moved to Brussels in June and it is only about 2hrs away, still haven't gone! I think we'll wait until the crowds are a bit smaller :) Great photos.

Ann said...

How did I miss this? We love Paris. Blaise and I went right after we were married 20 years ago and then took the kids back while we lived in London but the best trip, the one that will be with me for the rest of my life was the one with Megan. We took the chunnel from London into Paris for a mom and daughter weekend to buy her first communion dress. Such an incredible weekend with my sweet girl in that beautiful city. Hot chocolate in bed, a ride on the double decker carousel at Sacre Coure and then finally picking her dress on the Champs Elyse. Thanks for sharing this because it totally brought that trip back for me.

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