Going to Paris for business and pleasure recently was a great idea. October is off season and most of the tourists are gone. Looking out my window I am reminded I am in Paris. I love the architecture and the quaint neighborhoods. Not fond of looking straight down to the street although staying on the top floors is the best for views. The smells of the neighborhood consisted of fresh bagettes, cigarettes, rain, dry fall leaves, and dog doo on the sidewalk. Fresh caffe au lait was a welcome smell in the early hours.
The line at the Louvre museum on Sunday morning was not as long as I thought it may be for this popular day. It was a cool windy overcast day so it was a perfect day for the Louvre. You can easily spend one whole day here. I especially love the old masters paintings and the Napoleon III apartments. This is a room from Napoleon III's apartment. Love the chandelier and the gold gilding on the walls, doors, and every surface imaginable. Very impressive when you are standing in this luxury. The smells at the Louvre consisted of old, dusty, patina finishes, tapestry, and worn leather.
I also went to the Palace of Versailles, boutiques, perfume boutiques, the Tuileries Gardens in all of their fall splendor, and many rues too many to name. The Metro and sidewalk cafes contain many smells of cheese, meat, wine, caffe, and chocolate. Sweet tarts and pastries were everywhere. Laduree macaroons tempted me more than once. If I erased the cigarette, cigar smoke and the overheated people in the Metro trains...it would be a pleasant experience. The smells of rain approaching and leaves falling added to the ambience.
My personal facebook page has more photos and some videos I took with my iphone. Enjoy!