"Gargoyles & Graffiti"chronicles architectural elements that I find interesting or unique in my travels. Gargoyles are my passion, but today graffiti (which I hate but am learning to love as it is everywhere) is as much a part of architecture as the gargoyles and decorative railings that thrill me.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Romantic Rendezvous: Memories of Paris

me at Louvre 2002
It has been 10 years since Moises and I made our one and only trip to Paris. I may never go back as the trip was so perfect, it could never be topped. We could not have had better weather. It was cool but not cold until the last few days. Our hotel, Hotel California, could not have been nicer nor better located. It was a romantic rendezvous. I hear people say Parisians are not friendly, but we did not find this at all. My husband speaks French, enough to get by in restaurants and grocery stores. We had a warm welcome from everyone we met. The city could not have been cleaner. Every day at 5pm, the street cleaners came by and hosed down the streets. Due to the economic climate in Europe now, I've been told that is no longer possible. I don't know as I haven't been back, but our memories are of the best trip of a lifetime. We love Paris!

A few other gems from that trip ....

face in stone at Louve, Paris

Lion statue at Louvre, Paris
Wall detail at Louvre, Paris

Mona Lisa
The crowning jewel .... the Mona Lisa. She is so small and used to hang in a bathroom, but no trip to Paris is complete without her! More information on this painting can be found here.


  1. I remember clamoring to the front of a crowd to see the Mona Lisa. She is small, but I felt an enormous energy coming from that painting. You did have the perfect trip; these photos are testament to it!

  2. Thanks, Jeanne. We had a great time. It has been 10 years now. Hard to believe!