I Love Paris in the springtime (itinerary)

(Last Updated On: June 19, 2020)

I’d probably love Paris at any time of year, but I’ll have to wait for future trips to confirm that.

We saw a lot in our short time. Of course, there is so much we didn’t get to! (I already have a long list for the next trip.) The links here connect to the posts for this trip, so you can see some of what I loved about Paris. . . and a few other things too.

Springtime in Paris itinerary

Bon Voyage  (May 29, 2008)

Last February when I booked this trip, springtime in Paris sounded wonderful.

May 30, 2008

Charles de Gaulle Airport

We arrive about an hour early (which shows how much extra time is built into today’s flight schedules) so, even after we locate our luggage (they haven’t quite finished updating this terminal and still don’t have all the monitors that list where luggage can be retrieved), we still have a fair amount of time to wait for our shuttle. (We should have just taken transit.)

The neighborhood looks good

The airport shuttle takes us through the ugly edges of Paris, where every noise wall and overpass is covered with graffiti. There are big box stores, a huge blue Ikea, shiny offices, and lots and lots of large blocks of shabby-looking housing. It’s one of the ugliest urban edges I’ve seen.

We share our shuttle with two other couples, one of which is dropped off at an expensive but non-descript modern hotel in an uninteresting part of the city. I’m glad we aren’t staying there.

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris

Around the Islands

Sainte Chapelle

The Church of Saint Severin

The Pantheon and St. Etienne

May 31, 2008

We’re Out Walking

Impressions of the Musee d’Orsay

In Rodin’s Garden

Antiques Along the Street

On our way to the Eiffel Tower we come across an antiques fair.

We wander over to check it out and discover that “Art and Antiques” means exactly that – high-end paintings, decorative art, furniture, and household items. . . all sitting in tents along the street.

In Search of Eiffel’s Tower

Gardens at the Quai Branly

City of Light

Evening in Paris – Notre-Dame, the Hotel de Ville (the Paris City Hall), bridges across the Seine. . . need I say more?


June 1, 2008

Water Lilies and more at the Marmottan Monet

The Bagatelle is Beautiful, Come Rain or Shine



June 2, 2008

Stepping Back in Time at the Cluny

Luxembourg Garden

Inside the Church of Saint Sulpice

The Marais

View from the top at the Arc de Triomphe

Night at the Arc de Triomphe


June 3, 2008

Inside the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris

Up on the Roof

Scenery with a Side of Pastry at the Arab Institute

Missing the Mosque

Inside the Quai Branly

June 4: And We Have Come to the End of Our Journey

The shuttle company has called and wants us to leave an hour earlier than we had planned. This means we do not have time to visit the mosque or do much of anything this morning, but ensures that we will have a very long wait at the airport. (At least they have plenty of electric outlets at the airport for eager bloggers!)

Thus our travel in Paris comes to an end. . . for now.

Paris: The Details



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