Armchair Traveler ~ Paris

Time to “travel” to one of my favorite places ~ Paris. I have visited several times and have many great memories, including enjoying a delicious pain au raisin early in the morning walking through a small park, walking along the Seine (browsing the book stalls), exploring the Louvre and Musee Marmottan and dining at special restaurants, one with a terrific view of Notre Dame.

As an armchair traveler, I start by browsing through favorite guide books, re-living treasured walks (Paris is for walking and exploring), while listening to Frank Sinatra’s “I Love Paris.”

Favorite movies set in Paris include “Midnight in Paris” and “Charade” ( I have to buy a new copy of “Charade” as I watched it so often my copy no longer plays).

Enjoy some of my favorite sites below. Of course, as an armchair traveler, your web browsing can be enhanced by a fabulous glass of French wine accompanied by delectable French cheese…..or pain au chocolat or …

Paris ~ Official website of the Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jardin des Tuileries – Paris tourist office (parisinfo.com)

The Louvre in Paris

https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs

Musée Marmottan Monet is located at 2, rue Louis Boilly in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and features over three hundred Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, including his 1872 Impression, Sunrise. It is the largest collection of his works.

Claude Monet — Musée Marmottan Monet

I took a train from Paris to the beautiful Chateau de Fontainebleau (easy to navigate the train) … 

Château de Fontainebleau Official Site Home Page (chateaudefontainebleau.fr)

To quote a favorite author: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.” Ernest Hemingway

As an armchair traveler, you can begin to get a feel for this wondrous city … captivating any time of the year … make plans to visit (or re-visit) … and for now, indulge your senses in things French.

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things ~ Henry Miller

Quotes to Ponder ~ Photos (San Juan Islands, 2019) ~ Jan 2021

A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled ~ Sir Barnett Cocks

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones ~ John Maynard Keynes

Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what’s left and live it properly ~ Marcus Aurelius

New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common ~ John Locke

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds ~ Mark Twain

Photos ~ Beautiful Winter Day ~ Gig Harbor WA and nearby Banner Forest Heritage Park ~ Dec 2020

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees ~ Henry David Thoreau

Forests are like churches, hallowed places. There’s a stillness about them, a sort of reverence ~ Sabrina Elkins

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better ~ Albert Einstein

And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul ~ John Muir

In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike ~ Paulo Coelho

Merry Christmas ~ Favorite Christmas Quotes ~ Dec 2020

Wishing you and your family and friends a beautiful and very Merry Christmas

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future ~ Agnes M. Pahro

 Christmas is the day that holds all time together ~ Alexander Smith

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly ~ Andy Rooney

 The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood ~ Richard Paul Evans

 May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve ~ Unknown

 We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

 Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection~ Winston Churchill

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor ~ Charles Dickens

More Cat Quotes ~ Photos ~ Dec 2020

You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals ~ George Mikes

Dogs come when they’re called. Cats take a message and get back to you ~ Mary Bly  

For a man to truly understand rejection, he must first be ignored by a cat ~ Anonymous  

Meow is like aloha – it can mean anything ~ Hank Ketchum

There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats ~ Anonymous

More Favorite Quotes ~ Journeys ~ Photos ~ Dec 2020

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end ~ Ursula K LeGuin

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes ~ Marcel Proust

There is only one journey. Going inside yourself ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Direct your eye right inward, and you’ll find a thousand regions in your mind, yet undiscovered. Travel them and be expert in home-cosmography ~ Henry David Thoreau

When you come to a fork in the road, take it ~ Yogi Berra

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Photos ~ November Draws to its Finale ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ Nov 2020

I have come to regard November as the older, harder man’s October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer’s death as winter tightens its grip ~ Henry Rollins

Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils ~ Cyril Connolly

This is the month of nuts and nutty thoughts,—that November whose name sounds so bleak and cheerless. Perhaps its harvest of thought is worth more than all the other crops of the year ~ Henry David Thoreau

In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year ~ Cynthia Rylant

Armchair Traveler ~ The Last Courts of Europe

Let’s go back in time for another Armchair Traveler journey. But not too far back …Let’s explore Europe, late 19th ~ early 20th century. And let’s narrow it down to royalty during this era. A marvelous book for just such a tour is “The Last Courts of Europe ~ A Royal Family Album 1860 – 1914.” Picture research and descriptions by Jeffrey Finestone.

The books’ well-written introduction by Robert K. Massie sets the scene for the reader. Each county or area has a very good overview of the monarchy plus fabulous photos, ranging from state funerals and family gatherings at marriages to candid shots. The books genealogical tables are interesting to note how all of the families were related.

The closing section, titled The Eleventh Hour, relates how many of the monarchies would not survive WWI. The age of royal pomp and splendor would end, tragically for some, but we can marvel at their unique world via beautiful photos and books.

Leafing through the book will transport you to another time and place. At the same time, it might awaken a desire to explore a particular country further. The internet is your starting point … pick a country or a royal family and explore. You may end up planning your next vacation.

As a start, here are my three favorite palaces in Europe. Each has a terrific web presence so that you can easily spend hours exploring … perhaps with a glass of wine from that country or a special dessert.

France ~ Versailles (a must visit!!)

http://en.chateauversailles.fr/

http://en.chateauversailles.fr/news/life-estate/versaillesvr-palace-yours

Austria ~ Vienna ~ Schoenbrunn (a delight)

https://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/

Should you journey to Vienna, definitely plan to visit Demel – the atmosphere and the desserts (think Sachertorte) are incredible

https://www.demel.com/en/

Sweden ~ Stockholm area (take the boat ~ beautiful palace)

https://www.kungligaslotten.se/english/royal-palaces-and-sites/drottningholm-palace.html

Savor your journeys… real, imagined or virtual, near or far

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things ~ Henry Miller