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The square is absolutely beautiful!!! I would love to live there!!
So would I, although I can imagine that it's probably very busy in the summer months with visitors...
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Place des Vosges is beautiful even in the winter. I have to agree with Laurie that I find the symmetry of it visually appealing as well as calming. It would be such a treat to live here and look at the square in all season.


I hope we get to go back there one day and see it at a different time of the year to see what it looks like.

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Thursday 5 December – part five: now how are we going to find Hazel?

Once we were done in there, we headed back to the main road again and walked along it.


that is graffiti on the van you can see to the right!


We found St. Paul St. Louis church next, which is a Jesuit church and has an impressive façade.



At this point, we crossed over the road and walked along the wider pavement area, admiring both the architecture around here and the Christmas trees they had out here.



By now, Hazel was texting me and let me know that she was on her way. I kept her updated with where we were, as we walked along Rue de Rivoli, one of the main streets in this part of Paris. I said to Hazel later that I felt that this was a more real part of Paris with less tourists. I know she wasn’t 100% convinced by that statement, as she told me there were a lot of designer stores around here that attract tourists, which is fair comment.

We carried on walking and, before we knew it, we were at the Hotel de Ville. I was very impressed as it looked like a long way on the map, but it really hadn’t felt like that at all. I checked later and it turned out that it was 1.25 miles.

The Hotel de Ville is a 19th century reconstruction of the original 17th century building that burnt down in 1871. The square was in the process of being turned into an ice rink, which meant that there wasn’t much of it to enjoy now, but once upon a time, this was the home to much more barbaric acts, like hangings, burnings and executions. Nice… There was certainly a lot of security around it today. I don’t know if that’s usual or not.



After we got photos, I suggested to Mark that we sit and wait for Hazel, as I had told her that we had made it here. I kept checking my phone for any messages, but there was nothing, so I assumed she was still on the Metro. Then just after I checked my phone, we saw her coming out of the Metro. Now how about that for managing to arrange a good meeting spot without really knowing what we were doing?

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The Hotel de Ville is my favorite building in the whole of Paris, especially at night in the spring as it is all lit up and the fountains which you were sitting just in front of are flowing. It is also beautiful at Christmas time in just a weeks or so when the Ice rink is finsihed and the market and decorations are there but it is a really beautiful building in its own right. Rue de Rivoli is also one of my favorite streets as it has so much history on it.

As for wanting to live in Paris, what we have found is a lot of the sights are really hard to see. We have never seen the Sacre Coeur church properly as it is even on the off season so busy you cannot move. Tourists in paris put the MK on a shutdown day to shame and they do not seem to have an off season. The only option really is mid week mornings or sometimes early Sunday mornings.
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That is a beautiful hotel. I have to tell you though, Caden was looking over my shoulder as I was reading it. When it came to the naked statue pics his eyes got big. Tim asked where the statues were and I told him. Caden said, "There is a lot of that in Paris." I am not sure what he is basing this statement on, but it certainly is more than our little IL town, lol! It was funny!
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That is an impressive building. Every little detail is thought of. Very cool that you ended up in just the right meeting place!

Hazel, try visiting Sacre Coeur on Tuesday morning in early March. We didn't have any crowds whatsoever!! Of course, this was 12 years ago.
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The Hotel de Ville is my favorite building in the whole of Paris, especially at night in the spring as it is all lit up and the fountains which you were sitting just in front of are flowing.
Ok, that's a must-do for our spring visit then...

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It is also beautiful at Christmas time in just a weeks or so when the Ice rink is finsihed and the market and decorations are there but it is a really beautiful building in its own right.
I only glanced at the notice on the fencing there, but I think it said that the ice rink wouldn't be open until 20 December. I certainly remember seeing that date - that seems very late to me. Over here, the ice rinks open in early December.

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As for wanting to live in Paris, what we have found is a lot of the sights are really hard to see. We have never seen the Sacre Coeur church properly as it is even on the off season so busy you cannot move.
No way! I remember going there a few years ago - I don't remember exactly when, but I think it was spring or autumn (it certainly wasn't summer) and on a weekday and it wasn't too packed. I guess things have changed a bit since then...

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In my experience, the whole of France is pretty dead on a Sunday morning...
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That is a beautiful hotel. I have to tell you though, Caden was looking over my shoulder as I was reading it. When it came to the naked statue pics his eyes got big. Tim asked where the statues were and I told him. Caden said, "There is a lot of that in Paris." I am not sure what he is basing this statement on, but it certainly is more than our little IL town, lol! It was funny!
That's classic and probably very true as well!
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That is an impressive building. Every little detail is thought of. Very cool that you ended up in just the right meeting place!

Hazel, try visiting Sacre Coeur on Tuesday morning in early March. We didn't have any crowds whatsoever!! Of course, this was 12 years ago.
Now I think about it, I reckon I visited it maybe about 18 or 19 years ago... where does the time go?
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I hadn't thought of that comparison, but now you mention it...
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Beautiful! Sounds likes postcard around Christmas, from Hazel's description.
One day, maybe we'll see it for ourselves, but I can imagine the crowds then would be just insane.
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Gorgeous shots...I love the grandeur of Hotel de Ville and we have seen some great free exhibits there as well. This summer, we were treated to an impromptu overhead "fly-by" of various jets and military planes in practice for the Bastille Day celebration....it was quite an amazing sight!

So glad you were able rendezvous with Hazel...looking forward to hearing how the day progressed.

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