The Palace of Versailles

On a business trip to Paris in June 2018, I took the opportunity to visit the Palace of Versailles. The opulent 17th-century palace is located about 17 kilometers southwest of Paris. It was the royal residence from the late 1600s to the late 1700s right up until the French Revolution. If you'd like to go …

La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris en noir

Ode to Paris, The City of Light

Paris, The City of Light. I can't get you off my mind. Your lure sucks me in. Your breathtaking beauty enchants. You cast a spell which cannot be broken. You tell stories that speak to the heart. You paint images that seem almost too incredible to be real. What is this magical power you possess; you …

Throwback to Paris

On the banks of the Seine... where the magic happens. This beautiful city is difficult not to fall in love with! This image was taken from the Pont des Arts bridge between the charming Saint-Germaine des Pres quarter in the 7th eme and the Louvre just on the north side of the Seine river.

Paris Impromptu Dance Party

You'll never guess what happened the other day in Paris. The universe rewarded me for being open to new experiences. Last week I was dining at a small, family-owned restaurant in the Charles Michel quarter in the 15th. I chose a random restaurant just down the street from my hotel (don't judge; I don't do …

Jardin Bleu, Parc André Citroën & the 15th Arrondissement, Paris

It's Saturday here in Paris. That means some downtime. I took the opportunity to explore the 15th arrondissement where I am staying this go-round. I hadn't previously spent much time here. I ended up getting in 13kms of walking. These neighborhoods are so different on the weekends without the noise of vehicles on the road... …

What You Can and Cannot Look at While Riding the Paris Metro

There are very strict social rules when you ride the metro in Paris. It is your responsibility to know and follow them. The rules are not posted anywhere. I'm not sure where they came from. Maybe just decades of social peer pressure. LOL! After riding the metro in Paris to and from work every day …

La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

She is breathtaking. Every spring evening around 22:00 as a brilliant gold and orange sun is setting on this beautiful city, lights illuminate the exterior of the Notre-Dame cathedral. This Gothic masterpiece, which has been an icon of the City of Lights for centuries, is a sight to behold during the day, but truly stuns …

Delice de l’Inde – Eating Indian Food in Paris

I was running late for lunch, so I made a rash decision. I might as well try something new. Similar to Andalusia in southern Spain, the kitchens in many restaurants, cafes and bars begin slowly closing around 14:00 not to open until maybe 19:00 for the first dinner service. Perusing the options available near the …

Chinese Lunch in Paris

On an extended stay in Paris... ...There comes a time when you are ready to try something other than French cuisine. That time is now. For lunch... Chinese food. Ok, maybe technically Pekingese and Thai, but what do I know. This restaurant is called La Benediction and it is near my office in Saint Cloud …