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Paris

My husband’s good friend from University, Leo, moved to Paris last year.  He went through the same weather shock that my husband(also a Roman) went through when we moved to the Netherlands.  “Where is the sun!?”  

Despite the rain and clouds, Paris is Paris, romantic and old, and strong and beautiful.  I had been there years before and so had my husband for various reasons, but this time, with our kids, we wanted them to see Paris; the museums, the architecture, the sculptures, food and to spend time with our good friend.

My oldest daughter, at the Arc du Triomph.

DSC_1662Also, at the Arc.

DSC_1671I never feel like a tourist anymore, when I travel; when I visit monuments and museums, I always think, “Wow, there are a lot of tourists!”  But I never think that about myself anymore.  I always feel like my family and I belong there and we’re visiting, like family.. but not tourists.  This of course is not true, we are tourists, but I suppose I’ve put myself in a different frame of mind.  But, then I can really spot the true tourists.

DSC_1680After the rain is gone, can never be a bad moment; the air is thick and the bricks are wet.  And in the night, the electric lights from the cathedral make for a glowing floor for my daughter.

DSC_1702There are some characters in Paris.  I don’t know what part they’re playing, but characters.

DSC_1733Having a busy night and having a break in-between tables.  That is the closest he probably came to sitting, all night.

DSC_1740Leo and co.  This is extremely typical of my girls.  The oldest is picture perfect and the little one running amok and causing a disturbance.

DSC_1755Breakfast.  Madeleines.  Fresh.  I need not say more.

DSC_1794I will humour, whomever needs to see this, with a non-typical photo of the Tour Eiffel.

DSC_1807My husband, at the market.

DSC_1828A little girl, at Notre Dame, feeding the birds.

DSC_1834Up.  Notre Dame Cathedral.

DSC_1868Leo’s neighbourhood.

DSC_1890Not so sure he wants a crepe, it looks.

DSC_1893Typical gallery you’ll find as you walk through Paris.

DSC_1898And the rain; there is a lot of rain.

DSC_1949Splashing in puddles.  Kids can make the best of the rain, when the  adults just complain and saunter along.

DSC_1962Inside MOD(Musee D’Orsay).  The kids really loved it; it was a pleasant surprise as I was expecting them to think it was boring and want to leave.  But they lingered at every painting and asked for the story of almost every one.

DSC_1976Cafe outside of the Louvre.

DSC_2014Our entrance to the Louvre; it was closed, but still lovely to visit for a walk in the courtyard by the pyramids and fountains.

DSC_2018Just lingering at the Louvre in a tuxedo.  Nothing special.

DSC_2060I have never seen this before and I probably never will see it after.  What a steady mind and hand you’d have to have to create something like this.  She wasn’t selling anything at the market, just sitting and working.

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DSC_2090A selection of fromages that are most certainly illegal in the US.  And, yes, we bought and ate five or six different kinds; more variety than you see here, even.

DSC_2109Our bustling fromagerie.

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DSC_2112A walk to the Natural History Museum and gardens; which I highly recommend, by the way.

DSC_2123My girls making exercise of the outdoor space of the Natural History Museum.

DSC_2127Leo’s view.

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Then, sadly but not-so-sadly, back to home base in the Netherlands.  Home is in so many places now.  And Paris is lovely one.

-Cassie

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About Cassie Jones Feliziani

An American photographer and food lover, married to an Italian man and living in the Netherlands with her two little girls.

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