I live in the city, have for a long time. I find there are times when I speculate on when or will I move on; get fed up with the density and activity that is constantly beckoning for my attention. But then another year passes by and here I stay.
It is easy to forget yourself and your own troubles by being a city dweller. I escape from myself as I observe all the varieties of lifestyles just walking around me. You can easily put your life into perspective; there is often someone better or worse off than you on just about any block. It is an education in human nature. And after awhile even the noise and commotion find balance with the quiet places and time you surprise yourself discovering.
I love exploring a new city and find myself fascinated by the dynamics of urban life: watching people congregate, socialize and live and work crowded together yet somehow autonomous. Looking at these photos, I am able to recall the sights, sounds and smells of these vibrant places.
Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th. It is the French National Day recognizing the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille Prison, one of the instrumental events of the French Revolution. It was seen as the uprising of a modern French nation against the oppression of absolute monarchy rule and is considered the beginning of the French Republic as we know it today.
In 1789 when the storming of the Bastille took place, the court of Versailles was the center of government and power. It is famous not only for its palatial over-the-top excess, but also as the seat of oppression.
Versailles now belongs to the French people who flock there on weekends to enjoy lounging on its vast verdant lawns, canoing on the picturesque lake or strolling and biking through the deep tree shaded pathways.
I was there last May on a warm spring day during my vacation and that is when I took these photographs. The Toronto Star is running a story about Versailles in today’s Travel Section. The article is written by Adrian Brijbassi and my photos accompany his article.
The Hotel Athénéé is a glamorous, cozy, boutique hotel tucked away on Rue de Caumartin in Paris.
An article about the hotel by Adrian Brijbassi with my photos was published in the Toronto Star’s Travel Section yesterday. You can check it out online and read what Adrian Brijbassi had to say about his stay here during our visit to Paris.
For me, I can truly say I loved it. The staff were exceptional, the neighborhood is terrific (great bistros and convenient location) and the beds were so comfortable. So glad we found this little gem of a hotel for our Paris vacation.
There are so many beautiful buildings, museums, palaces, cathedrals, fountains, sculptures, parks, stores and even cemeteries to explore. What you will gain in experience and memories will be totally worth the price.