“Paris is always a good idea.” Audrey Hepburn

I adore everything French! The people, the language, the culture, the architecture, the art, the wine, the food, the fashion…My grandparents were from Quebec and I can remember them speaking French to me when I was a little girl. Mémé and Pépé taught us French songs and dances, my favorite (and the only one I can remember) beingSur le Pont d’Avignon“. 

Sur le Pont d’Avignon                                                                    L’on y danse, l’on y danse                                                                Sur le Pont d’Avignon                                                                   L’on y danse tous en rond

On the bridge of Avignon
We all dance there, we all dance there
On the bridge of Avignon
We all dance there in a ring

Perhaps because of my Mémé and Pépé I have always dreamed of visiting France and especially Paris.      

In the spring of 2002 my husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Paris and London as chaperones on a high school band trip. Initially there were over 200 students and parents who planned to make the trip as of August 2001 but then it was September 11 and Paris was the last thing on any of our minds. Many families decided not to go after 9/11 fearing for their own and their childrens’ safety after that horrific act of terrorism. In the end many of us, around 130 band members and families, decided to go as planned. There was supposed to be a parade in downtown London but the band’s performance was cancelled due to security concerns. Instead they played an impromptu concert in the business district at 8:00 am on a freezing cold April morning. Surprisingly the response from office workers as they hurried to get out of the cold was quite positive.

In Paris the band performed at Jardin des Tuileries to an incredibly receptive crowd who sang and danced along with some of the Beatles’ songs they played. I love the French! Of course it was a beautiful spring afternoon in one of the most beautiful parks in the city so everyone was in a happy mood.

Paris was everything I had always dreamed it would be; the Louvre, Montmarte, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées…I was in love. We did get to see a bit of the countryside when we went to Versailles which was gorgeous! Although it was a fun time, I have always wanted to return (minus the band). I thought I would share some photos that I took while in Paris and Versailles. I hope to travel extensively in Europe one day but until then you know…

“We’ll always have Paris.” –Howard Koch, screenwriter of the film “Casablanca”

 

Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Montmartre

Montmartre

View from Montmartre

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Arc de Triomphe
du Carrousel

Woman Weeping
Père Lachaise Cemetery

Jim Morrison's Grave People still leave flowers, cigarettes, etc. on his grave 40 years after his death.

Jim Morrison’s Grave
People still leave flowers, cigarettes, etc. on his grave 40 years after his death.

Versailles

Versailles

Versailles

Versailles

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About joliepetitemaison

"In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away" Shing Xiong. My quest is my passion to find beauty in all things. To remember to try to live in the moment, to really “see” and hopefully to capture the beauty that surrounds us in everyday life. I aspire to transcend traditional ideas and to creatively through my photographs express my own unique point of view.
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