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Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I'm also a fan of fake wood, a greatly underappreciated artform. Beautiful pictures!

I went to that same park! I also tended to veer away from the touristy places and venture down side streets and steps and off the stream lined paths. That is where all the treasures of Paris are!

Love Love PARIS!!! Next time you should stay there for the whole summer or for a year on a sabbatical!!!

Thanks for sharing......As always.......

Ahh...to be in Paris again. Taking a picture of each sign for remembering adventures while traveling is a great idea. I adore the fact that you did exactly what makes you happiest in your travels. Why do anything you don't enjoy! Happy memories...

Wow, Mary Ann---I rarely comment, but I keep my eye on you :-). This Paris trip has been so wonderful--for me, it had a bittersweet quality unlike your other trips I have followed. Maybe because you were there exploring things and places as if you WERE living there. I have never been, but someday...would love to go. Thank you so much for taking us along!

Thanks for the virtual vacation, your posts were lovely, especially the videos! Wish we Americans were a bit more creative with public spaces, love the faux bois stairs and the black chain link fence, so much more inviting than the usual bland stuff seen around our cities. So, pray tell, what was your favorite moment in Paris?

what an INCREDIBLE feast for the eyes - these photos are "tres magnifique" (reaching into my long ago highschool french, ha ha)I can just imagine the joy you will have placing them into your wonderful travel journal! Thanks so much for sharing!

Draw the badges and glue small versions of your photos of the badge-place along with it in your sketchbook/journal. Ha! *I* should do that instead of the journals I never stop and take the time to do on our travels. Of course, I've never been to Paris but I bet I wouldn't stop there either. Great pics!

Dang. Now I covet faux bois steps and railings. Will have to hone my concrete-working skills. ;-)

Handstitched felt badges for parks visited? Yes! Yes!

Another beautiful post! I love your metaphor for all people being like little planets. So true. And that you are a tourist of Life and Living. So true and beautiful.

Your photos bring back such fond memories; we were there almost a year ago. I could have wandered around and rested all day, but my traveling companions wanted to move on. So much to explore there . . . I even bought a little orange sun hat around the corner from the steps. Be good to you as you continue to transport your mind back to Paris and acclimating your body to the LA routine. BTW, where to this summer?

I love the idea of badges! I still have my Girl Scout sash with all of my merit badges on it. Cooking, sewing, babysitting, what an exciting girlhood I had! But there are also ones for camp skills, that was fun. I would love to add bus routes and favorite parks!

Your Paris trip was amazing and I look forward to the journal, too!

Sorry you had to go back to work right away. That stinks. Hope the children treat you gently. :)
I am glad that you wandered all around Paris...it is definitely that kind of city.

AND badges...oh I think that is an awesome idea. I have been thinking of badges for mundane things like cleaning the kitchen, BUT as awards for visiting places in Paris..let's just say, "I wish I would have thought of that".

Oh, and one more thing...I am still waiting on the edge of my seat every day to see if this in indeed the day we get to see inside your Paris journal. *hint hint*

Take care...the weekend is almost here. :)

the felt 'wayfaring wanderer' badges is the best idea!!!!!
missy from the bayou

Oh how I can relate! When our school went to traditional from year round I felt I had lost my own secret March and November holiday times... but you will adjust! Just means you get to spend MORE time wandering in parks and riding metros!! You travel like I like to -- taking pictures of the minutia of daily life, the culture in a living sense. I mean museums are wonderful and have their place, but the the "who" of the place is really the people and the things that happen on a daily basis. Can't wait to hear where you will go this summer! Meanwhile enjoy the Spring!

What an amazing way you have visited Paris. The faux bois staircase amongst that crowds who never saw them---I want to find. Thank you for sharing you eyes in a beautiful city.

You take the most amazing pictures! So appreciate your sharing your experiences with us :-)

What a gift you have for bringing others into this experience. Consciously or un, choosing a limited palette of activity ended up providing a deeper enjoyment of the city. Not a travelogue but an invitation.

Why the schedule change? Whose idea was that?

I love the stairs and the railing! Fabulous and I definitely think you should consider making some badges!!!

Stunning pictures, Mary Ann! And I can only imagine the serious shift from park hopping in Paris to kid corraling in school ... yikes!

Oops! Felt-BADGE not bade :) I can think of all sorts of badges that could be useful..

Excellent, Excellent finds. I think I see a felt-bade class coming on! :) Once again, your perspective of Paris is as charming as your storytelling ability. You should take a rest on that bench today. Jet-lag is a killer!

I think the wandering is the best part of a vacation. In London, he goes to the British library and I get on a bus ...and get off when the stop seems to call to me. Totally open ended days are so unlike the rest of my -even retired - life that it really nourishes my soul.

Wonderful pictures and prose!! I find that one does not get to know a place till you wnader a bit and get to know the paths less followed and discover the soul of a place in the nooks and crannies!! i also love the back side of the hill on which Sacre Couer sits!!!

I'm a Merry-go-Round kind of girl. Would have needed to find me a wild wooden pinto, pronto. And would love a badge for every Paris Merry-go-round trip. The persimmon wall with the green branches - well, I'm back in Paris, too! Beautiful.

Oh and your scrap books are impressive pieces of art...Gary from London...

I have stumbled across your blog by chance...how nice life is...always something new to love...

I could just eat up your photos. They thrill me! The faux bois stairs and railings are really surprising, but fun and wonderful and odd, all rolled into one creative way to change levels. Where will you go on holiday in June? I'm off to China next month----and I am so excited I'm practically vibrating! (And yes, my journal is ready.)

I love the golden leaves screening Sacre' Coeur and her white facade and dome.
A lovely and fitting tribute.

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