Le Paris Voyage....Day 1

[caption id="attachment_832" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bon Voyage![/caption] And we finally have lift off!  The trip from the States to Paris was oddly comfortable...I was able to upgrade to business class and the seats laid all of the way down!  They also had a menu - a real live menu - that they presented us from which to choose our dinner.  I got a chuckle out of that though, because you had to choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.  The more frequent travelers got their first choice, and on down the pecking order.  I ended up with my 2nd choice, which was still delicious!!  Then it was lights out until we landed. [caption id="attachment_833" align="aligncenter" width="415"] Art Fair Le Marche De La Creation[/caption] When I got to Paris it was around 10am.  The hotel rooms were not available until 3, so I dropped my bags with the bellman and was off to start my adventures.  I decided to brave the Metros (subway) right off.  Buying a ticket was a little confusing but fortunately there was a nice American in the line behind me that showed me the ropes.  I made my way to this delightful little art market that is only open on Sunday's. [caption id="attachment_834" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Journaling at the cafe[/caption] After my feet got tired I sat down for a hot chocolate and to journal.  I have a journal challenge while I am here - I am only using the colors black, white and red.  That was inspired by the itinerary given to us for the trip.  I thought it would be kind of fun! [caption id="attachment_836" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Lunch!![/caption] I followed up the hot chocolate with an amazing tomato and mozzarella salad...light, delicious and just right on the cool crisp afternoon!  Then it was back into the metro and heading towards the Louvre.... [caption id="attachment_837" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Louvre[/caption] When I got to the Louvre I found out it was free to get in today.  Therefore the line was WAY to long.  So I wandered around outside, taking pictures and just enjoying the magnificent architecture. [caption id="attachment_838" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The arch by the Louvre[/caption]   Beautiful statues are everywhere.  People are milling about.  I am surrounded by ground steeped in beauty and history.  It is a humbling place to be! [caption id="attachment_840" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Mary in the gardens outside the Louvre[/caption] I finally sat down in the beautiful green gardens, kicked off my shoes, and just sat for a bit.  I played a few songs on my i-pod....sketched a bit....and really just soaked up the surroundings.  I was among hundreds of people, yet completely alone.  It was a wonderful opportunity to just connect in with myself and be grateful for the opportunity to be right where I was at that very moment.   [caption id="attachment_842" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bridge over the Sienne[/caption] I slowly meandered my way back to the hotel, and was delighted to make my first non-food Parisian purchase!  There were street vendors selling old books and magazines.  For those of you in the art world, you understand that finding material that can be used in our art that is out of the copyright date ranges is HUGE!!!  I picked up a number of things and plan to create with them in my paintings all week long.  I am so excited about that! [caption id="attachment_843" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Welcome Reception for Le Voyage Paris[/caption] After a short nap and a long shower I was ready to go meet my travel companions!!  Tonya Leigh greeted us with champagne and macaroons....what a delicious combination!!  There are 12 women on this trip.  I intend to come home with 12 new friends!!  Tonight was the first time I have met any of them in person.  These dynamic women all had to apply to be chosen for a spot on this trip.  We are all here for different reasons - some are making changes in their lives, some had a desire to travel more, some want to embrace fashion and femininity in a whole new way.  I am just beginning to know their stories, and can not wait to form what I hope are some lasting new friendships! [caption id="attachment_845" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Dinner at Fernards[/caption] After the welcome reception a small group of us went to dinner.  It was about a 10 minute walk from our hotel.  Did I mention that you walk everywhere here?  I think it partly explains why the French are so skinny!! [caption id="attachment_846" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Dinner....Delicious![/caption] Over great conversation and a bottle of white wine I savored every morsel of my mung fish and rice.  So good!! Back to the room to crash for the night....and when I arrived I found this beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers in my room!  What a thoughtful touch from our trip coordinators!! The first day in Paris was amazing....I can hardly wait to see what the rest of the week has in store for me!!! Bonne nuit!  Mary      
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justmarydesigns said:

Kathleen there are SO many hidden treasures in Paris. From the hot chocolate at Angelina’s to the gorgeous scarfs at the markets…I hope you come back and treasure hunt to your hearts content someday soon!


justmarydesigns said:

Thanks Julie – it is a magical adventure!


justmarydesigns said:

Cat – definitely go! And hit me up to visit about what not to miss!!! Good for you for getting the passport ball rolling!!


justmarydesigns said:

Sydney – you MUST go in 2013. From the fashion to the food….its all amazing. You would rock Paris!!


justmarydesigns said:

Thanks Linda!!! Im thinking of you and all of my artist buddies as I paint today!!


justmarydesigns said:

I am so glad you find it moving Rhonda!! More to come!!


Sofia said:

Beautiful Pictures Mary! I love that you are sticking to a palette of red, black and white! I can’t wait to read more about your adventures. What do you mean about having to apply for a spot for this trip? That is awesome!


Kathleen said:

How fun – I am so happy for you! I went to Paris when I was 17, and even though I remember the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, I didn’t even know about the flea markets : ( . I am hoping to make it back there someday, though, and this time I won’t miss out on treasure hunting.


julie said:

Oh keep the stories coming! So happy to hear you are loving your Paris adventure:) Julie

Cat Athena Louise

Cat Athena Louise said:

What a delight to hear about your journey! Paris looks just amazing. The art market, Louvre, and architecture look so exciting. It makes me want to go!
I just sent in my passport application yesterday for my first British passport. I’ve been thinking I’ll might hop across to Paris for my birthday in January.

Looking forward to more of your adventures!
Blessings of beauty, Cat x


Sydney said:

I am so living vicariously through you on this trip. I’m now planning for Paris2013! Enjoy!


justmarydesigns said:

Sofia – we all had to actually fill out an application of what we wanted the trip to mean to us, and what we wanted to accomplish by going. There were more than 12 people who wanted to go and the spots were limited! That piece of it made me know that I would be surrounded by dynamic women – and I was not wrong. They are amazing!


Rhonda said:

Oh Mary! What a wonderful first day…Tears in my eyes with Joy for such a fabulous life-jolting experience! Thank you so much for sharing, and can’t wait to follow along your journey!

Linda Kinnaman

Linda Kinnaman said:

I would SO love to be in your shoes Mary! Enjoy yourself and have fun!

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