Sunday, July 19, 2009

Paris, la fin?

This is my last weekend in Paris for who knows how long. I'm leaving on Tuesday. My return flight to France is August 20, but that's just because August return flights were cheaper, September return dates were really expensive for some reason. There is no way I'll have a visa by then, if I am lucky enough to score a job that will give me a visa.

So I'm trying to enjoy my last few days in Paris. I've already been to most of the museums I want to go to, so I'm just walking around, looking at things and taking a few last pictures. Yesterday I sat on the steps of the Palais Garnier for about 45 minutes. I can't even begin to describe how much I love the Palais Garnier. Yes, partly because I looooove Phantom of the Opera (book and musical), but also because the building is just so beautiful, a true temple of music and dance. Of course it wasn't designed so beautifully for that; the opera was the place to see and be seen back in the day before TV and radio. It was more about the show of people than the show on stage. Operas were performed three times a week. One night the men would bring their wives, one night their daughters to introduce them to eligible young men, and the third night was reserved for their mistresses. If you ever have a chance to take a guided tour I highly recommend it.

There are a few things I wanted to do in the Paris area before leaving that I won't end up doing. I wanted to go to see the water and music show in the gardens of Versailles; guess that will have to wait for another time. Likewise for Giverny. Guess that gives me an incentive to make sure I come back, right?

6 comments:

Animesh said...

:-(

Yeah, come back for sure.

Andromeda said...

Lots of reasons to come back, where there's a will, there's a way!! Safe trip home!!

Isabelle said...

Yes, you need to come back and visit all these great places (plus the archeology museum at Saint Germain en Laye!).

So I'm saying à bientôt ;)

au soleil levant said...

Well then, guess I have to come back! So which one of you is sponsoring my visa? :)

Zhu said...

It's cool to not do everything, so that you will come back. Even if you don't get the visa, it is never the end. Memories are here and you are a bit French now!

Leesa said...

Oh my!! I'm catching up and this is what I got to... OHHHHH!!! My travel buddy is leaving the country!! Mira, what will I do without you this coming year?!!! I'm so sorry to see you go, but I really hope that you will be back again... real soon.... Like in August...
I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed and say some extra prayers.......

PS... Did I ever lend you my Phantom book? Life After Phantom?? If not, try to get a copy off of Amazon...
A friend of mine wrote it...
Hugs to you and you'll have to give me your phone number so we can talk while I'm here and when I'm back...
I'll miss you dear friend!
Take good care, Leese