I had a couple of days more in this astounding “city of light and love”, as an Oliviers&Co. German partner had put it in one of our meetings. But as this trip was for work, I would like to focus on the touring day my boss and I got to enjoy!
Musee de Louvre
We lined up to get inside the Louvre for over an hour under the blazing afternoon sun, but I would have to say it was worth it! After having been, now I understand how people can spend a whole day or more inside this grand museum. I thoroughly enjoyed viewing the ancient Greek sculptures in person. Specifically, and as shown in the photos below, Venus de Milo (Aphrodite), the Winged Victory of Somathrace (Nike) who I didn’t recognise at first, and the Diana of Versailles (Artemis). The attention to every detail in the interior of this place such as paintings on ceilings and gold trimmings on window sills, were all nothing short of breath taking. I can imagine myself looking up for hours just to marvel at the intricacy of all of it!Eventually of course, our feet gave way after viewing most of the paintings (rockstar Mona Lisa included), and headed to our next stop which was something I super looked forward to!
Shakespeare and Company
Maybe a month before the trip, my boss told me she wanted to take me to this bookstore in Paris. At the time, I hadn’t thought much about the trip since it was for work. Actually, I hadn’t the time to think about it until literally two days before we flew out! But the idea of this bookstore was what got me really excited to go since that day my boss mentioned it. Not only was it the venue for the opening scene in one of my most favorite movies of all time (Look up: Before Sunset), but it also turned out to be a place where to find first editions and covers that are difficult to find elsewhere. You can go up the “attic” and spend hours pouring over first edition books which aren’t for sale. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take a photo of that room as it was packed with readers and I didn’t want to be the tourist to disturb them. Ha ha!Everything smelled of old wood, and I absolutely loved every second of it! Two books: Alberto’s Lost Birthday by Diana Rosie and Darling I’m Going to Charlie by Maryse Wolinski. I had just finished reading Maryse Wolinski’s heart breaking memoir on how her beloved cartoonist husband Georges Wolinski was suddenly taken away from her as he was one of the ten who died in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris. +
Notre-Dame de Paris
I only had one goal before visiting Notre-Dame: to at least see one of the church’s old rose windows! Which we did and it was a beautiful sight! Of course I completely forgot about the flying buttresses, as I would later find out when my parents asked about my visit to the church. Ha ha! Thank goodness, we took photos of that side of the church!
Yes, we lit a candle and sang God Help the Outcasts. Ha ha just kidding!
Dinner in Chez Ribe along Avenue de Suffren
I cannot stress how thankful I am that our hotel was located in Tour Eiffel. As we ended our touring day, we were able to go back to the hotel to freshen up and walk one corner out to Chez Ribe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the carpaccio, which my boss and I shared altogether with her order of Salmon. With my boss, Nana. Of course, we had to do the al fresco!
Would I go back? Yes definitely. Preferably for vacation and with a camera, not just the one from my personal phone!