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

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

Photos ~ Lingering Fall ~ Gig Harbor, WA – Nov 2020

Another fall, another turned page ~ Wallace Stegner

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been! ~ Percy Shelley

And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves ~ Virginia Woolf

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns ~ George Eliot

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all ~ Stanley Horowitz

Photos ~ Beautiful Fall Day ~ Gig Harbor, WA ~ Nov 2, 2020

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower ~ Albert Camus

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns ~ George Eliot

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all ~ Stanley Horowitz

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree ~ Emily Brontë

Favorite Photos ~ Orcas Island, San Juans, Washington

As I was not able to visit one of my favorite places, Orcas Island, this year, thought I’d post some favorite photos from my past journeys.

Your vacation starts when you board the ferry in Anacortes and immediately you are on island time. The views from the ferry are spectacular, as is driving about Orcas Island. Eastsound is a beautiful town to explore with good restaurants, a neat bookstore, local shops beckoning you to browse and a labyrinth to walk. It is magical anytime of the year and I am eagerly looking forward to visiting next year.

Check out the following site to virtually explore events on Orcas in October:

https://www.visitsanjuans.com/savor

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

I feel we are all islands – in a common sea ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Your life is an island separated from all other islands and continents. Regardless of how many boats you send to other shores or how many ships arrive upon your shores, you yourself are an island separated by its own pains, secluded in its happiness ~ Khalil Gibran

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep  ~ William James