My Three Favorite Things (in Paris)

 

sunny-day

The sun peeked through the clouds in Paris today, making the beautiful city even more beautiful.

I checked three “must-do’s” off my Paris list today. I had my hair cut. I went to my favorite museum. I had the best hot chocolate in the world!

Here’s a direct quote from an email I received from my future landlady in Ireland earlier this week: “But the best thing to do in Paris when your legs get tired is to go for a haircut. French hairdressers are geniuses!” I’ve always told everyone I could about how good the hairdressers in France are. It’s not just in Paris. In France some young people learn their trade by being apprenticed to an experienced person from around 16 years of age. They learn by doing and they learn from a master. Hairdressers are trained this way.

The second thing on my list was going to the Museum of the Middle Ages (Musée de Moyen Ages). This small museum is located in a 500-year-old abbey which in turn was built over a Roman bath. It is filled with beautiful religious sculptures, stained glass windows that are sometimes as much as 700 years old, and ancient objects made of gold. It is also the home of the famous “Lady and the Unicorn” tapestries. Here are some things I saw today.

sculpture

Ancient sculpture is one of my favorite art forms.

stained-glass

This beautiful stained glass window dates from around 1300 a.d.

unicorn

One of the six tapestries known as “The Lady and the Unicorn.”

Moyen-Age

This is the old abbey that houses the Museum of the Middle Ages.

Roman-Bath

The original exterior of the Roman baths over which the abbey was built. It’s on a very busy street in the center of Paris.

Then I walked down the Boulevard St. Germain des Pres in pursuit of hot chocolate I remember having 12 years ago.

The last part of that name – “des Pres” – means in the field, or outside the walls. This church celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 2014. When it was built most Parisians lived on the islands in the river Seine where Notre Dame cathedral is now. This abbey was quite far out of town. In truth, it’s not much more than a mile from the cathedral but there was very little between the village that was Paris and the abbey.

st-german-des-pres

The thousand-year-old church of St. Germain des Pres.

Today the Boulevard St. Germain des Pres is one of the busiest shopping/restaurant/hotel streets in Paris. It’s in the “Left Bank” which means south side of the Seine. It runs parallel to the Seine for a few miles. Among its most famous tourist destinations is a pair of old cafés called Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. It was in the Flore that I had a cup of the fabulous hot chocolate I remembered. Chocolate so thick and sweet you think the spoon will stand on its own in the cup. It was just as good as I remembered!

hot chocolate

About Libbie Griffin

For several months recently I've been traveling around Europe. Write to me at in.my.suitcase.too@gmail.com if you would like to receive a very short email each time I post new words and pictures here. I would love for you to tell your friends who love to travel about this blog. And I would be very happy to read about your experiences, your suggestions and your questions in the comments section. Let's make this blog a conversation! Thanks! Libbie Griffin
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6 Responses to My Three Favorite Things (in Paris)

  1. Brenda McGee says:

    Libbie, I’m really enjoying your blog posts. I had never heard of the Museum of the Middle Ages but will add it to my list of things to see in Paris next time. So we see the museum and the hot chocolate, but where are the photos of your hair cut?!

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    • If I could show just the haircut…
      The Musee de Moyen Age is located at the corner of Blvd. St. MIchel and Blvd. St. Germain on the line between the 5th and the 6th. Admission is only €8 which makes it a great deal. It’s small but the collection is magnificent.

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  2. veggiecoach says:

    I am taken back by how blue the sky is!

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  3. Elinor Moore says:

    Thanks for making me feel like being in Paris

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