October 26, 2007

PARIS !!!!!

We departed London on the Eurostar to pass through the 'chunnel' and on to Paris. What
a Luxurious trip. Wine with a wonderful luncheon, and a hot towel to freshen up afterward, then relax and enjoy the french countryside.
This is a snippet of the view from our BACK bedroom window. We stayed at the Madison Hotel , #143 on Saint Germain - right across from the lovely St Germain Des-Pres church. The Madison is a boutique hotel and 'tres french'. The location was perfect. Our Jr. suite was yellow and blue and simply lovely (even had 2 1/2 bathrooms!!)
Oh La La - I LOVE Paris! It was clean and bright and dazzling and full of Fabulous-ness every where we looked. And the people we met were so friendly!!! Only three short days to try to see it All? We did our best, taking the open air bus tour and walking miles and miles each day - eating (ah the macarons) , shopping, snapping pictures and wishing we had more time. So much more to do!!!! (next time!)
We spent quite a bit of time around Notre Dame Cathedral. At one point we stopped and sat on a bench under some trees and sketched UNTIL a pigeon made a depost on the head of my friend - she would not let me take that picture - but I did start this sketch on site and took a pix to finish later. What a glorious structure from every angle , I will go on the tour some day.
While in Paris the News was Marcel Marceau died in Paris - this sketch was from the Newspaper article.
Ahhh the 'Tour de Eiffel' - so romantic, so statuesque so Awesome. Our tour bus circled the monument and I took many pictures. The next day in our travels we walked from our hotel to the tower, under, around and everything but UP the tower (long , long lines) some day though --- I did sketch this view as we awaited the bus back toward our hotel.
Our hotel room on the top 8th floor gave us a distant view of the tower, amazing as it twinkles every hour at night- and look at my picture at sunset (from our room)
More Paris sketches to finish and post. My friend and I were pleasantly surprised to Love Paris so much and will soon plan our next extended visit to France. More to come.

12 comments:

laureline said...

Again, I am charmed by your delight in your trip---your happiness is wonderful to behold! You know how I feel about Paris and now you know why. You did so many fantastic sketches in such a short time--bravo to you!

gabi campanario said...

sounds like you had lots of fun, i'm envious! great drawings and stories to go with them, love the 'eurostar'

Arty Velarde said...

Thank you so much for sharing your pics. they are awesome. I love your drawing of the buildings.
Lydia

shirley said...

So wonderful to see all of the sketches that keep coming. What an amazing travel sketchbook you will have. Can't wait to hear what you plan next.

katydiddy said...

I'm just starting to sketch places I am. Your sketches are incredibly inspiring. Don't you find that the sketches almost mean more than the photos?

Lin said...

Sandy -- so so well done -- each sketch so skillfully done and beautiful to behold! Your joy jumps off the page and it's so so wonderful to share!

Teri C said...

Sandy! these sketches are just fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!! Your delight in this trip just jumps off the pages!!!

Africantapestry said...

What beaufitul sketches you have of Paris, they have such nice detail and they definitley capture the charm of Paris. Wish we could've met up for a coffee, but now that you fell under the spell of Paris...maybe next time!
Ronell

Felicity said...

Lovely sketches! It will be so great looking at back at these in the future!

caseytoussaint said...

Wonderful, Sandy! You really are going to have an awesome sketchbook to remind you of good times. I'll add to Ronell's comment - next time you're on this side of the Atlantic let us know. Maybe we could sketch together for an hour or two!

Dee said...

What a fabulous trip! And a great travel journal to remember it. Wonderfully done and well written. Looking forward to the next entry.

phthaloblu said...

Who needs photographs when you have these wonderful sketches. So much more personal and we get to see Paris thru your eyes. Isn't Paris the dream trip for any artist? I've wanted to go there since I was a child. These are beautiful!