Since my friends' tickets to Krakow took them through Paris, I decided to join them for a little "stopover" on their way home. Another friend flew in for the long week-end and we rented a lovely apartment on Rue Saint Jacques that had a view of the Eiffel Tower (kitchen window) and the Pantheon (living room window). This turned out to be particularly nice for watching the lights on the Eiffel Tower at night - for 5 minutes every hour they "sparkle" and it is a fantastic show. We packed a lot into our few days - the Orsay and Louvre museums, Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame, a night cruise on the Seine, walking the Champs Elysees and Ile St. Louis, with lots of good food and wine (Kathy taught the rest of us about Bordeaux wines). I especially enjoyed grocery shopping in the little stores right outside our apartment - the cheese shop was just delightful. We had great weather and one day was so nice we actually ate lunch at an outdoor cafe on the Champs Elysees.
View of the Pantheon from our apartment
Lunch under the "clock" at the Orsay (the museum is in an old train station)
Me with some of my favorite Monet ladies (can't believe they let you take pictures inside these museums - without flash of course)
The "Paris 5" at Coupe Chou, a great restaurant near our apartment.
View of the Louvre from inside the glass pyramid
The Eiffel Tower at night - you should see it when it sparkles!