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“To err is human, to stroll is Parisian.”

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The Louvre

“To err is human, to stroll is Parisian. ”
—Victor Hugo

This quote from the 19th century expresses the best of Paris. The way to truly experience the city is to get out and walk.

Meander. Have no purpose. No agenda. See what you can see.

Truly, nothing is more quintessentially Parisian than spending a lazy hour or afternoon strolling through the parks, along the Seine, popping into a shop or two and, of course, stopping at a sidewalk cafe for a coffee or glass of wine.

In France, a person who strolls with no apparent purpose, is called a flaneur. If you really want to experience Paris, you might want to become one for a while..

Looking at the different buildings is part of the experience. 

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The Louvre
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Luxembourg Garden
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The Opera

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I found this one quite interesting……..logs have been applied as an exterior material. Lots of texture. 

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The way the Parisians cover up their construction zones is always fun to see.

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Paris is the ultimate when it comes to shopping.  I love to just “look.”

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People watching is the BEST.

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The Art on the walls always make me smile.

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People endlessly take photos of themselves.

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And when the feet get weary, there’s always something yummy to eat.

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Cafe Marly, Paris

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For another blog post on the art of strolling in Paris, click here. 

For one with tips for having the best time possible in Paris, visit this post. 

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.

Comments

6 Comments
  1. posted by
    Margaret
    Aug 25, 2015 Reply

    Hi Susan, love your photos….especially the one of the Louvre at dusk…wow, the colors! Think Paris needs to get to the top of my “Life List” (as Kate would say) once again. Been too long!

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Aug 25, 2015 Reply

      Thanks I really appreciate your kind words. Yes, the Louvre as dusk was lovely. When you go make a reservation at the Cafe Marly BEFORE the sun sets so you can enjoy watching the light on the pyramid, the tourists, the photographers taking fashion and wedding shoots and all the people meandering around this historic space. Relax and savor this special time.

  2. posted by
    Judy Bereza
    Aug 25, 2015 Reply

    If I didn’t know better, I would assume these were photographs
    taken by a professional photographer!

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Aug 25, 2015 Reply

      Thanks so much. I am working on my skills and my photographic eye. It is a passion. When I look at the true professionals I know I have lots and lots to learn.

  3. posted by
    peggy depersia
    Aug 26, 2015 Reply

    Ditto on the I.M. Pei pyramid photo, a sensation in itself even without the stunning drama of the photo.
    Also particular like the poignant photo of the figure in green….trying to find words to describe all of the ways I view this figure but not coming up with the words I’m searching for just yet.

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Aug 26, 2015 Reply

      I loved the lady in green. I imagine she has stories to tell. These street performers were attracting a crowd on a Sunday in the Marais. This is a wonderful part of town for Sunday meandering because the shops are open and the winding Medieval passageways are so interesting. Lots of tourists but Parisians as well.

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