Listening to live classical music as we float by the city, watching the lights a nice start to a wonderful 2.5 day with Ashema in Paris.
We hadn’t seen each other in over eight years. It was strange and great that it felt so familiar and comfortable to just jump back into a friendship after so long. Being a what I call a “Berliner” most likely unfairly, she had never been to France and I hadn’t been in 25 years. So great to see her and experience the city again. She did ask why I would return to a place I had been before, well I love the Musee D’Orsay I think it was the biggest reason I wanted to go back. And I was not disappointed, it was fun to see my taste change. I was so interested in the night paintings. I do love them.
Fun to jump back in and see the city. Highlights, the boat ride, finding Sennelier, a beautiful art store near the Louve. It is so well displayed I went back to buy something but it was closed. Darn. Finding Trei3e a Bakers dozen,https://www.facebook.com/treizeis13isthirteen
SO amazing and fun find. It was all Ashema being daring. She kept trying to open doors into small gardens I would have loved to see and then there was this little alley up to white lights so she went in, I reluctantly went also. Ending at this amazing little cafe, were we had Lattes and carrot cake? Yes it is owned and run by a woman from Charleston and the Cake was great. most others were having tea and biscuits. It was a really fun mix of people who just happen upon it, Very cool.
After the boat we went home to bread and cheese that Ashema was so nice to have bought for us. So nice to start.
Waking up in the loft of the mini mini apartment. It is an amazing small place with a loft but such a great location. It could be so amazing, I love the old tile floor. I realize you just don’t need a lot of space to create a great place to live. I am excited for the day and after Cafe lattes and Croissants at the nearest cafe we are off to the D’orsay. Where I am most excited about an Monet and Millet.
I love the building it self and was disappointed that the Photography display that was there 25 years ago is no longer part of the museum. I loved seeing the start of photography and how it changed how we all view the world.
I am so grateful we paid and went on Saturday, because I never would have made it on Sunday.
So worth it. It rained most of the day so Museums are good on rainy days, Lunch under the clock was great fun and I ordered way to much food. Oops.
After a few hours it was time to get out, we headed for the Hammam,http://www.la-mosquee.com/htmlfr/hammamfr.htm , something I had read about long ago and really wanted to check it out. So we went. It was a new experience. I think I was thinking “Spa”, relaxing quiet, hanging out in the steam room. It all went a bit weird when I first we both hadn’t brought bikini bottoms. I was surprised that even though it was all women everyone had bikini bottoms on. Oops so both of us had to wear our sarongs and get them all wet, I went for the full treatment of soap, scrub, massage and tea,which was sweet tea, which I was surprised by. The building was so beautiful, arches and color. The room where you can hang out and get a massage is colorful, hand painted, cool.