Can you believe it??? Mr. Swede and I are spending May in Paris "together". He was there last week and again at the end of this week on business, but we are both taking vacation and going together with no work worries. We didn't do anything to celebrate our 20th anniversary in December, so this will be it. I'm working this week, then we leave for the City of Lights. I'm back May 29th. We will be there long enough to get several Saturdays in at the Vanves flea market. I sure hope to find something fabulous. My main goal is to photo every piece of antique and vintage object of beauty I find -- every rusty door hinge, door knob, or architectural element. Paris has been there as a settlement since 250BC as Parisii founded as far as anyone knows by the Celtic people of Ireland who came across what is now the Celtic Sea. I love the Haussmann buildings from 1853-1870 as well so hope to photo all of their elements. Our apartment is on the island of Saint Louis whose buildings are mostly from the 1600's. St. Louis, Missouri is named for this island.
Ile Saint Louis is the smaller natural island behind Ile de Cite shown in the foreground [you can see Notre Dame on the right]. I got this photo from the Internet, so apologize for not citing the original photographer of this aerial photo. The Seine River goes around on both sides of the island. This is in the center of Paris.
Here are some photos of the apartment Mr. Swede got for us last week. It is one bedroom, one bathroom with kitchen and dining-living area. Very small. Yes, only 410 square feet. Most of the island is residential --constructed in the 17th century. You can see the tall ceilings with wood beams.
We will be doing all the tourist things like Versailles, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and hanging like we're locals on the island. And, since the best ice cream shop in Paris is on the island, Berthillon, we will have to walk past it each day--lucky for our calorie consumption it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
I'm looking forward to an exciting time.
And, last, here's today's Daily Thing of Beauty, my neighbor's Queen Elizabeth Rose. I used picmonkey.com to add the marbelized vein effect.
Rose photo: Swede