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Parisian Perfection on Ile de la Cite

My first day in Paris, I was giddy with excitement and lack of sleep. So in the early morning quiet, I stole out of my flat on I'le Saint Louis to explore the empty streets and alleys of I'le de la Cite. With a sense of awe and wonder I meandered aimlessly drinking in everything around me.

When I turned the corner onto Rue de la Columbe, I was struck by this scene that typifies Paris...

The restaurant worker, readying the cafe for the onslaught of patrons that would soon appear. A lone woman sipping cafe creme while deciding what treat she would chose from the carte. Outdoor tables and chairs beckoning diners to stop for awhile under the ever-present window boxes with their riotous punctuation of color. The two bicycles, a preferred Parisian transportation mode, leaning gently against the cafe, completed the perfect picture.

This is the Paris I had longed to see...the quaint charm of normal Parisian life. It is a sight that is played out daily throughout all 20 arrondissements. But, on this day in September it played out only for me... And, I pinched myself to make sure I was not dreaming.

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What a wonderful image and description. I love Paris too!

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Thanks for the insight, Shelly. I'm headed to Paris on Friday, sharing your dream

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Ron, enjoy yourself.. Paris is so wonderful. In fact, I am thinking about returning in August. Please make sure to post some pictures and your thoughts when you return.

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Shelly, thank you for the beautiful photo! I rented a great little apartment around the corner on rue Chanoiness 2 years ago. Going back this summer and will be staying across the bridge on Ile St-Louis. Love this city!

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Jim, thank so much for your lovely comment. How wonderful that you are staying on I'le Saint Louis.. So central and beautiful.. I know I will return to Paris soon. What is not to love about the most fabulous city on earth? Have fun and please post some pictures when you return. I'd love to see them.

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Was in Paris last year and this brings back lovely memories. Great photo!

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Thanks so much.. It was my first trip to Europe and I went alone and stayed in Paris for two weeks. I count it among the best experiences of my life!

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Shelly, I am planning on tripping to Europe next September. I love the two islands. I'm saving the picture you posted, as I would very much like to find this place when I am in Paris.

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