I am sooo happy today to present a guest post from one of my favorite people in the entire world…Husband J! Husband J was lucky enough to get a chance to return to Paris a few weeks ago for a business trip. Let me just say that I was totally jealous, and don’t doubt that I didn’t try to hatch a plan to join him while he was there (It obviously didn’t work…BOO!). Paris has a special place in Husband J’s heart as he’s spent a fair amount of time there. With a day off from meetings, he decided to retrace his steps in some of his old stomping grounds. Here he is in his own words…
Firstly, thanks to my lovely wife for allowing me the chance to do a guest post about my recent return to Paris on her amazing blog.
Too many famous characters from history including artists and writers have spent time in and then writing about this amazing city to count, but I will make an attempt to briefly add my personal Paris perspective. I spent almost ten months in total as a college student and intern living in Paris during the late 1990s. I had the opportunity to return for a few days on a business trip recently, and it brought back many nostalgic appreciative thoughts as I spent a Sunday walking about the City on the Seine nearly 15 years since my initial stay there.
Notre Dame & the River Seine
Like my now home of New York City, Paris is a city where many unique and character-filled neighborhoods make it a true melting pot of unique identities. Arrondissements is how Paris is broken up, and my time there was spent in the 6th Arrondissement. The 6th is “rive gauche” as the French say meaning the left side of the Seine River when looking downstream and the older part of the city the “rive droit” aka right side. It is a historic and interesting place to just walk the streets or people watch in a cafe. I lived with a host family on Rue Saint Sulpice during my time in Paris. The host family I lived with was truly wonderful, and I remain grateful for the experience they gave me to this day. My part of the 6th was and is an amazing little location near Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which is a happening area with many restaurants, bookstores, cafes, pubs and shops.
As is a scientific fact, Parisians and those visiting Paris like to kick it at the cafe for a coffee, tea or adult beverage, and below are a few of the more famous cafes at the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Cafe de Flore [Terri: Get the hot chocolate here! It’s decadent.]
Pictured below are my old apartment building (28 rue St. Sulpice) and the magnificent church after which the street is named, L’Eglise St. Sulpice.
L’Eglise St. Sulpice (St. Sulpice Church)
St. Sulpice Church (Interior)
Within a three minute walk of the St. Sulpice area is one of Paris’ many wonderful parks and my personal favorite, Le Jardin du Luxembourg. I spent many a day here going for a jog or walk in the park as a college student. Parisians love their parks and rightfully so if they all live up to the standard set by Le Jardin du Luxembourg.
La Fontaine Medici in Le Jardins du Luxembourg
If you walk the small side streets between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and L’Eglise St. Sulpice, you will find many a pub or small restaurant. I highly recommend imbibing on a beer or two as a way to break up the afternoon. I chose to walk down one of my favorite pub-lined side streets and grab a beer at the Frog & Princess Pub and Brewery as photographed below (9 rue Princesse, Paris, FRANCE, 75006).
Thank you for reading my random thoughts on Paris’ 6th arrondissement, and check this area out if you get the chance someday as it’s worth the visit.