Monday, December 12, 2011

First Day in Paris

I arrived in Paris at the crack of dawn, literally, as the sun rose behind Notre Dame. Coming from the airport via the RER has the benefit of having your first view of Paris being this spectacular cathedral high above the Seine.I'm staying in an apartment behind Notre Dame on the Ile St. Louis, right in the heart of the city. After just one day I can thankfully say that apartment living is the right way to travel, I feel right at home.The apartment sits on the top floor of an old courtyard building: very La Boheme-esque complete with skylights and myriad stairs!
As you can see though, it's not a bad way to travel! I love the time worn marble treads and beautiful iron railing.The first day has been homey with naps, trips to the local wine and cheese shops, tea at Mariage Freres and flowers from the local florist, naturally! I'll be checking in with daily highlights so stay tuned!

18 comments:

Francine Gardner said...

Enjoy! i love Paris in the winter as the architecture, the buildings take on a grey etheral quality, one gets warmed up by hot chocolate or tea...

Blue said...

Enjoy yourself - Paris is wonderful at this time of year. Looking forward to your posts from there. We're off on our travels at the weekend: London, Nice, Rome and Naples. Christmas in Rome and New Year in London.

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

Wow that is beautiful.Lucky you!

Style Court said...

Stefan, the first shot is stunning and your post gets even more intriguing with each picture. Enjoy your time there!

MaryBeth said...

I just got back from my first trip to Paris and I can't wait to go back. We spent our very short visit touring all the tourist spots so I never got a chance to just experience the city.
Please make this a picture rich visit, I will be taking notes!

The Devoted Classicist said...

I do not care for coffee, but love the tea at Mariage Freres! This is a great time to be in Paris. The city seems to be washed in blue light, and there are not the throngs of tourists like in the summer.

David said...

Good for you Stefan! You're right, an apartment is the way to do it, you get to feel what living in Paris is like.

Ann said...

Oh lovely, "as the sun rose behind Notre Dame." Sounds foreordained. Have a wonderful trip!!

Denise Costello said...

Thanks for these wonderful pictures! It is going to be a great week . . .

sandrajonas.com said...

How fabulous!! Staying in an apartment; what a great idea.
make sure you visit Laduree for me!!! Enjoy!! Can't wait for your daily posts.

darrinshane said...

What a great way to start your week; I can't wait to see more!

katiedid said...

Beautiful! I was just talking about Paris for Christmas at a party last night, and here you are! I hope you have a wonderful trip!

Joyeux Noel!

David Toms said...

Stefan, what a fabulous introduction to PAris and the perfect location!

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Lucky, lucky you! Can't wait to see & hear more!

pve design said...

Who, me? Jealous?
Oui Oui!! Have the time of your life.
pve

Grant K. Gibson said...

I can't wait to see all of your photos!
Have a great trip.


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Picture of Elegance said...

Looking forward to reading about your adventures in Paris...

Todd said...

Gorgeous photos! Glad to see that you're enjoying yourself! You need to visit the RL store and let me know what you think!