Several months ago my uncle called me and told me that my grandmother wanted to take me to Paris! Of course, I said yes. And we decided to go during my Spring Break! Plane tickets were bought and planning commenced. I signed up to take a 7 week French class for a crash course – my first French class after many years of Spanish classes – and, in the words of my fiancé, I learned just enough to be dangerous.
We rented an apartment for the week in the middle of Paris, got Paris Museum Passes to see as many museums and monuments as possible, figured out how to find each other once in Paris, and off we went! (Okay, it wasn’t quite that simple.)
Grandma and me on the balcony of our flat overlooking our street in Paris! Soon after our arrival.
Claude Monet’s House and Gardens in Giverny
Grandma and me in Monet’s Gardens – seriously gorgeous.
Mmm spring flowers in Monet’s gardens.
L’Arc de Triomphe
Hall of Mirrors, Chateau de Versailles
Chateau de Versailles from the gardens.
Le Tour Eiffel
The view from le Tour Eiffel.
Sculptures in the Louvre
Le Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Monmartre. Climbing the stairs with Grandma and finally going inside was incredibly moving and was one of my favorite things about Paris.
Selfie at Notre Dame!
Candles inside Notre Dame
Beautiful stained glass in Notre Dame.
Notre Dame from the Seine River
Le Penseur (The Thinker) – Musee Rodin
Le Baiser (The Kiss) – Musee Rodin
Le Petit Chatelet – the most wonderful little restaurant where we had one of the best meals I have ever had the pleasure of eating in my life. Roast duck with pistachios and all the other goodness on my plate.
Centre Pompidou – Museum of Modern Art
View from the Centre Pompidou
The door to the courtyard where our flat was.
There really are not enough words for the week I spent in Paris with my Grandma. It was a once in a lifetime kind of adventure and if given the opportunity I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I just feel so incredibly lucky to have been given such a spectacular gift. I know I will, and already do, look back on the time spent together so fondly. The memories we created together, the laughs we had, the stories we told, and the time we spent is some of the best time of my life. I only wish it could have been longer.
Here’s to many more adventures in this lifetime.