10 May Guest Blogger Gal Pal Christine
Traveling to Paris for a long weekend with gal pals is a wonderful adventure! Each traveler has a different perspective but a common goal – to have a great time! I concur with Priscilla that the number of travelers should be limited to four; it is much easier to find cafe seats, to navigate the streets and in general keep everyone happy.
Most of the time we have all stayed together but on occasion the gals have separated to pursue personal areas of interest. On one occasion, a gal pal wanted to shop while the others took the Métro to visit Saint-Denis. This is where the royal necropolis Saint-Denis Basilica is located. I would like to give a shout out to the Basilica; it is a terrific example of Gothic architecture. Most French simply know this place as the burial site for their Royalty from the 5th century till the French Revolution in 1793. Recumbent figures of Louis XVI Marie Antoinette and recumbent figures Henry II and Catherine de Medici are located there. In total, there are 42 kings, 32 queens, 63 princes and princesses and 10 great men who are buried at Saint-Denis. There are over 70 recumbent statues and tombs; it is a magnificent display of funerary art. We spent half a day touring this awesome Basilica which as you can probably tell, I highly recommend. It’s only a 20 minute Métro ride to visit this important national treasure and monument!
My masters degree is in art history so the architecture and the art are my primary focus but this trip to Paris and the surrounding area is more than the sights we see, the food and beverages we consume, and the clothes we purchase… it is the people and the fun we have together that make it special. Flexibility and having a skeleton schedule has proven to be the most important ingredients to making it a successful trip.
As to the infamous gal pal Lisa, she is a staple for the “fun” component to the trip. She is so much fun to be around! After a few glasses (or bottles) of wine is usually when the real entertainment kicks in, but isn’t that true about all of us? The gal pals have visited discos, befriended waiters, met interesting diners (one in particular known as big hands who developed a crush on a southern gal pal), unknowingly entertained the restaurant across from our hotel room, shopped, viewed great art, toured champagne country, consumed fabulous food, wine and pastries, and sat for hours at cafés drinking wine and the best hot chocolate in the world! Overall, for me, it has been a trip to relax, enjoy and laugh with friends.
Thank you Priscilla for putting together this awesome blog; it gives me a chance to relive past trips and dream about the next trip in January 2011!