The Siren Call of the Streets of Paris

The siren call of the streets of Paris is strong.

Gazing at the Seine

I made a long list of things to see before we boarded our  plane for Paris: the gigantic Monet waterlilies at the Musee de l’Orangerie, the decadently dark hot chocolate at Angelina’s, the hall of mirrors in the Palais de Versailles, and even the shapely bronze statues of the garden of the Rodin Museum.

Naked statue
The fully revealing statues provided great discussion topics.

I should have known that our list would go largely, joyfully and  unconquered. Instead, history came alive as we strolled the bridges over the Seine, taking in statues, lovers, and willingly giving in to the seduction of Paris.

Lovers hang locks together on le pont des beux arts
Seeing lovers hang locks together on the Pont des Beaux Arts seemed hopelessly romantic to Bella.

Walking along the banks of the Seine, we saw the greatest sign.

No peeing sign
Jack beamed from ear to ear when I explained that this was definitely not a no fishing sign.

The children complained bitterly when I dragged them out of the sunshine into the churches we crossed, but surrounded by the soaring arches of the Eglise de St Sulpice, they were immediately awed and quiet.

Cross at Eglise de St Sulpice
The graceful arches of the Eglise de St Sulpice

Before walking into the Louvre to fight the crowds for a glimpse of the Mona Lisa, we posed in front of the Pyramid. Going up was a lot easier than coming back down with my huge belly.

Night falls late in Paris during this time of year, well after nine, but everyone was still smiling.

7 Responses to The Siren Call of the Streets of Paris

  1. Look at you and your beautiful family! I am sorry we missed each other but hope you are having fun in the Loire (I think that’s where you are). My list is remaining largely unconquered also, seem to be so distracted by everything. Ah well, Paris will always be here, right?

  2. Ahhhh….Paris! I can’t wait to share it someday with my kids.

    I love the picture of you and your daughter and baby-to-be in front of the Louvre’s pyramid! 🙂

  3. Love your photos! Wandering around is my FAVORITE thing to do in Paris — I’m still sad that we had rain practically every day while we were there (one day I insisted on a Rue Mouffetard visit anyway, and got soaked through)

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