Gay Paree (Paris), The Place to Be...
Celebrate your life by journeying to Paris to enjoy the many delights of this City of Light. Where to stay and to eat, places of interest to visit from the bohemian to the sophisticated. Markets and boutiques, breads and wines so much to enjoy.
- A Most Romantic Place
- The Unique Light of Paris
- The Castille...a great place to stay
- Paris..Places to See
- A Little Bit of History
- A Mecca for Food and Drink
- Journey of a Lifetime
A Most Romantic Place
If you are looking for a most romantic place to celebrate an anniversary, holiday, or any day for that matter, then why not take a quick hop across one continent and one ocean to Paris.
For centuries this has been the romantic center of the world regarded as such by those whose spirit soars with the magic of this beautiful city.
To wander through narrow winding streets happening upon gracious squares and fascinating houses under clear blue skies; meander along the banks of the river Seine, and over ancient bridges whose stones emanate the passing of history and all the colourful characters who have crossed; the wide avenues and soaring monuments, and immense museums storing great treasures from around the world.
The Unique Light of Paris
For those like me who enjoy the more simple pleasures, the tiny stalls alongside the Seine filled with culinary delights that the French really know how to create, mouth watering cheeses, local wines as in Paris as all over France vin de table (wine of the table) are served with every meal and are quite delicious, home-made fruit preserves and warm breads in fantastic shapes whose fresh baked fragrance fills the air with delight - the list goes on and on.
Little can be more charming than the roofs and spires of this enchanted city early in the morning, when the light that is so unique to Paris peaks over the horizon, bathing them in a palette of colour, sparkling off the multi-paned windows and dazzling the eyes with brightness.
And who could forego the pleasures of the Moulin Rouge and see those French demoiselles kicking high their legs!
The Castille...a great place to stay
But where to stay for those special days and nights that will be a fabulous memory for the rest of your life. The Castille in the heart of Paris near by the Place de l’Opera is my recommendation. This beautiful hotel located in the exclusive first district amidst the haute couture houses, Galerie LaFayette, its floors filled with splendiferous treasures.
The intimate Rivoli wing has 20 rooms decorated in traditional French style by celebrated interior designer Jacques Grange and the Opera wing with its Venetian decor in pale green and terracotta tones There are fourteen spacious duplex suites available and it is like being in your own private cottage with bedroom upstairs and living room downstairs.
Nearby are the boutiques of Paris’ fashion area, the splendour of the Louvre Museum, the Opera and the majestic Place Vendome.
Paris..Places to See
Paris is definitely a sight seeing place. You can ask Castille’s concierge to order a chauffeur driven car to go on a tour of Paris at night - what could be more romantic than to be snuggled up in the arms of your loved one through brilliantly lit avenues and buildings.
Or take a helicopter ride over the environs of Paris and see the twinkling lights of this City of Light underneath you.
Another interesting excursion is on a Bateaux-Mouches, barge trip, to see historical Paris as you drift along the Seine.
A Little Bit of History
The name Paris is taken from its earliest inhabitants a tribe of Gauls known as the Parisii and it is believed that this name comes from the Celtic Gallic word parisio meaning "the working people" or "the craftsmen." And we can see now the results of the craftsmen in the many glorious buildings and cuisine that Paris is famous for.
France was conquered by many tribes, the Gauls, Germanic tribes, the Nazis and the Vikings to name a few. Even the Brits had a hand in taking over although they never overtook Paris...Normandy, Acquitaine and Calais were their bailiwicks.
A Mecca for Food and Drink
Now Paris is a mecca for fashion, food and drink, after all Absinthe and Pernod are two of their most pernicious and delicious aperitifs. Wine from all parts of France can be enjoyed although the simple house wines served at the smaller bistros and brasseries are quite wonderful.
Unfortunately, with the onslaught of the American market, many of the French wineries are adding merlot and chardonnay grapes to adulterate the vielle vignes making them fruitier and therefore more popular for the much abused American palate.
Sorry but this is the truth.
Journey of a Lifetime
So many places and people to see and enjoy...this is definitely a Journey of a Lifetime and once again.....
You just have to Do It!
for pics: thank you Julia
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