We were in good hands with author Jamie Cat Callan and Art historian Elyse Rivin guiding us along the way...they had arranged everything in advance and all our metro, bus and museum passes were ready when we checked into our hotel.
We walked, explored, shopped, and dined and covered a lot of territory from the Luxembourg Gardens to Versailles.
The Luxembourg Gardens on a rainy day walk...
We enjoyed the museums and found the food in the cafeterias particularly tasty.
The Musee D'Orsay, with their wonderful collection of Impressionist art was my favourite and there was a Bonnard exhibit on display which was an unexpected bonus.
One evening before sunset we took a bateau cruise on the Seine River and took photos of the Eiffel Tower as it lit up.
Some special features of the tour included a wine tasting, a visit to The Fragonard museum, The Cluny museum, chocolate tasting at Chez Richart, Opera Garnier Tour, a visit to Madame Cadolle Lingerie (Madame's grandmother invented the bra!), Palais Royale, Kate Kemp-Griffin told us all about the sensual art of lingerie at the Bon Marche and told us what to look for when buying a well fitting bra, we brunched with the chic and savvy (adorable) Alois Guinut in The Marais
who shared her secrets for Dressing like a Parisian...
So much was packed into our week and it was an amazing experience...
With a group of like minded passionate and energetic women who all came together to thoroughly savour their time in Paris it was a recipe for success.
(we laughed, we cried and we bonded)
The Cluny Museum
(formerly a Roman Bath)
inside hang the famous tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn.
(no photos of the delicate tapestries were permitted)
I fell in love with the architecture and the ornamentation.
just look at the door details...
Can you imagine how many hours or years it would take to create these buildings?
(and they are still standing today!)
A scene from Woody Allen's movie, Midnight in Paris was filmed here at The Polidor.
I wore the same few clothes over and over during my 3 weeks away
I relied heavily on accessories to make them look different.
I hand washed my tops and lingerie in shampoo and hung them to dry in my bathroom.
Most of them dried overnight.
The black cowl necked sweater by Wooden Ships transitioned easily from casual to dressy when I paired it with my black pants or my black skirt.
We dined at Les Editeurs one evening for dinner and this book somehow managed to pop off the shelf behind where we were seated and fell into my hands...
(Jamie Cat Callan snapped this photo)
The view from the restaurant...
love the mauve blossoms on the Jacaranda tree.
A wonderful shot of our group as we depart...
I've got a few more Paris posts in the works and there's more ahead from the beautiful and enchanting Village of Auvillar
and my adventures in the South of France.