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Paris, by Pieces

Notre Dame de Paris

Well, when you last heard from me I was in Pere Lachaise Cemetery for about a month. (Not really, but it’s been well over that since I last checked in.) I think, realistically, if I were to blog each day of my two weeks in Paris, we might make it to the trip’s one-year anniversary before I finished. Things have been, good — surprisingly good, really — but busy in a way I never though I would be able to handle. There are definitely pros and cons to being a full-time writer, one pro being that I am of course doing what I love and nothing else. A con being that the mind never gets a break, as to write, or at least to write for me, requires a center emotional/mental vein to be constantly open that can be exhausting. But I don’t miss boring office downtime, just the time for my own writing like this.

And with that introduction, I thought I might just go through some wonderful moments I had in Paris. I might do a few posts of these, as this way I can at least share a bit of my trip and the photographs.

Space Invader

We went thrift shopping in the Marais, where I actually found some great boots for 5 euro. (I’m sure someone died in them or something, probably haunted, have yet to find out, maybe a lingering curse?) It’s not just a great neighborhood to walk around because it looks like the Paris of dreams, all old world and tiny winding streets, but there’s also a healthy amount of street art. And of course, you can spot the space invaders.

Regarde le ciel...

Here is some more street art. It says: “Regarde le ciel…” or, “Look at the sky…” I will!

Medusa

Some things you wonder, were they meant to scare or amuse or what? That is what I wondered about this Medusa door carving. Although sort of more Jacob Marley than Medusa. (Hey wait, I already saw him this trip!)

Hotel de Ville

I love New York and I think it’s one of the best cities in the world for many reasons, but I will still admit that we don’t have much on Paris in terms of the lights at night. Like the Hotel de Ville here, which we walked by while it was illuminated, and was even more beautiful than I could capture in this photograph.

Notre Dame de Paris

Or Notre-Dame de Paris, ridiculous! While I’m traveling, I always try to do as much walking as possible. (Which is likely why I’ve had to abandon many worn out shoes while traveling, which have literally fallen to pieces, RIP blue metallic Diesels who met your demise in Rome, RIP lace-up black boots who met your demise in Paris.) But I love that you can get a feel for the city, and I think I walked by Notre-Dame about once a day while on this trip. (Granted, I was hitting museums and such that put me in its path, but still, not a bad sight at all, and I don’t mind the tourist mobs for something so beautiful.)

Notre-Dame de Paris on the Seine

And again, this: stunning.

Le Louvre

And this!!!!

Taxidermy bird in Shakespeare & Company

I have an eye for certain things, like spotting occult symbols in a cemetery or other useless skills, and one of those things is taxidermy in windows. Here’s a bird in Shakespeare & Company. Sadly, I’m not sure of the story with it, maybe just a vague tribute to dark ravens of literature.

Cimetiere Sainte-Marguerite

Never disregard the historic plaques. For example, here, I was just walking along and happened to see that there was once a cemetery here where 73 people guillotined during the French Revolution were interred, and a “child” who died in the Temple, meaning the supposed Dauphin.

Church of Sainte-Marguerite

And the church next to it, the Church of Sainte-Marguerite, turned out to be quite beautiful on the inside with a trompe l’oeil ceiling and walls, even though it looked rather plain from the outside.

WWI Stained Glass

But my favorite thing in the Church of Sainte-Marguerite were the stained glass windows that memorialized those lost in WWI. They were really moving, like this one where a soldier is ascending into heaven in the arms of angels.

Angel of Paris

It sort of felt like angels were everywhere I looked in Paris. This one was three stories tall!

Angel in the Louvre

And this one was hiding its face in the Louvre.

Well, those are a handful of Paris moments, and there will be more! I hope the rambling nature of this at least gives the sense of a wander through the city. And I really did wander quite far. And there’s nothing I love more than wandering.

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Buenos Aires: Day 1

Buenos Aires Apartments

I returned from my quick trip to Buenos Aies about a week ago and haven’t found much time to sit down and write about it. I thought I would do a quick post on my first day there (it was a rather quick day) and share some photos while you wait for some more in depth adventure tales. I took the late night flight from JFK directly to Argentina. What a change from having a whole stack of boarding passes! The flight was mostly empty, so I was able to angle myself into the empty seat next to me and be somewhat comfortable, if not asleep. After all my traveling, I still am unable to sleep on flights. The only notable exceptions are due to cold medicines and the generous stewards on British Airways that gave out unlimited bottles of red wine. Still, I feel like any sleep that glances into my time on the airplane is about as valuable as a fever dream.

Dramatic Entry

I arrived in Buenos Aires in the morning with my carry on bags and immediately had to try out my extremely limited Spanish with the car and bank people. Although I’ve taken a little Spanish, the accent is so different in Argentina that it required a total adjustment of my ear to understand anything. However, it’s a really beautiful form of the language and I would love to spend more immersion time to get the words secure in my head. Anyway, despite my worst fears, I did manage to change my American dollars to Pesos and secure a car to my uncle Tom’s apartment, which he was incredibly nice in letting me use for my stay. (There I am above being dramatic in its dramatic entryway.)

Apartment lurking.

After a lunch of empanadas and awesome vegetarian fare (who knew that existed in South America?), Tom headed to North America for a visit to Texas and I met up with my friend Cecilia who was spending a month in Buenos Aires. We ended up walking for a bit and then going to her tango studio, although I was way too exhausted for dancing. However, I did enjoy eavesdropping on a singing class where they seemed to be practicing Phantom of the Opera in Spanish.

I basically collapsed into sleep that night. But don’t worry, less sleep was had in later days and there was adventuring! If you want a preview, I’ve uploaded my photos to flickr. Posts will come soon. Ciao!

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