I could tell you so much more about Florence - about the great people I spent time with, about that night we - a Trini, some Italians, a Polish grad student and a Kazakh went to a belly dancing show after our wonderful aperitifs, about the smells and sounds of San Lorenzo Market, where I spent a few hours just people watching, buying coffee (of course!) and truffle oil and wine tasting, about how I accidentally ended up in Trattoria ZaZa while looking for another place (of course I got lost!) and had the most amazing lunch ever.
|Ossobuco from Trattoria Za Za|
But then if I went through all that, I would not be able to share a few photos from my relaxing return to Paris. I planned nothing at all for Paris - no tours, no visits to monuments. I just had a hotel reservation and that was it. I wanted to just be - to be unorganised, unscripted, unscheduled. Wanting to not be a part of the mad rush that Paris typically is, I chose to stay on the hill - Montmartre - my favourite part of the city. And during my short visit, I headed to my breakfast spot every morning with my Kindle, had a bowl of coffee, brioche and jam, visited the Sacre Coeur, people watched, drank wine, ate pastries, ate French food, spent time with a long lost friend, drank more wine, spoke in broken French.
|I had this the first morning I had breakfast at Coqueclicot in Montmartre and could not finish it all|
Breakfast after that was much lighter. lol. A bowl of coffee was too much even for me!
|Le Sacre Coeur - oui!|
|I love walking through Montmartre - fave part of Paris|
|Th view of Paris between the trees on the hill|
|Wonderful little place if looking for a bite in Montmartre!|
|Dinner at Autour du Midi, Montmartre|
|This is what you call a mall!!!|
I also took a trip out of Paris for a day in Provins - a well preserved medieval city about 2 hours away from Paris by train. What a lovely day out of the city. Provins was not only quiet and stress-free, but also very quaint with its medieval fortresses, bistros and homes.
|I just liked this.|
|Le Tour Cesar in Provins|
|Loved this church in Provins|
|The town is really well preserved. It was a real throwback kinda visit.|
|Lovely crepes were had here!|
|The view while walking along the top of the defensive ramparts|
|For those who love doors|
Of course no visit to Paris would have been complete without one special visit. You just must!
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