Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Well, Hello There!

HELLOOO and how are you? I'm back and so sorry it took me so long to post! I had a wonderful time! When I returned home, I was swamped at work. It was the LAST week of school and had lots to do to finish up for the summer. Finally, summer is officially here for me. So rather that rush home on Sunday, I decided to neglect my home obligations and just stay put here in Maryland for the week, and snuggle with Stella.
The above photo is the hotel Duc de Saint-Simon where we stayed. It was just so beautiful and charming. Very small and quaint, and met some neat people. If we ever go back to Paris, we will stay here again for sure. I got the stomach bug (bad) the first 2 days, but after that, we made our rounds. Must have walked about 25 miles in 3 days!
I apologize in advance for a lot of pictures. And I warn you, there will be more!

This couple in the middle were here from Canada with his parents. They were very nice, but I don't think they moved from this entrance to the hotel the whole time we were there. They just sat and talked, drank, smoked and read all day!

This was a VERY interesting guy we talked to who comes here for 3 weeks every single year. He lost his wife if January and sold everything he owns, even his car, and just travels. He traded everything he owns into gold. He said whenever he needs money, he just cashes in a gold bar! He says everyone should run, not walk, and invest in gold tomorrow. He claims everything will crash within 10 months. He kind of scared me a little, but had some great stories.

The hotel had winding stairways throughout to get to all the rooms.

This was to get down to the breakfast room.


Sitting area.

This is some of what we woke up to every morning! The milk for the coffee was even warm.

Part of the inside lobby.

On Friday evening we took a boat cruise up and down the Seine River, and had a wonderful dinner. It was just beautiful.

Here we are getting ready to go down to dinner,

The table was set perfectly.

After dinner we went back up to take in all the site seeing. There were lots of pretty bridges.

This is the Palace of Versailles, it is also where Marie Antoinette was beheaded. Beautiful gardens here!

A great view of the Eiffel Tower on our way back to dock. So much prettier when it is lit up!
I have a lot more street, cafes and people watching pictures to show you. Too many for one sitting.
I hope everyone is doing well, and Happy Summer to you all!!



  1. Wow, beautiful.Great pictures Stellas mom
    Benny & Lily

  2. Welcome home, stranger! I LOVED your pictures and the stories. How did you find this place? What would you recommend to see? Just you and your adorable hubby? Special occasion? Looks absolutely wonderful. More please! :) xoxo

  3. OMG GORGEOUS PICTURES!!! You and your husband look like movie stars on the deck of that boat. Loved your hotel too. I could picture myself slipping on the stairs to the gorgeous breakfast room if I walked too quickly. Glad you had a wonderful time and I look forward to seeing more pictures! xoxoxo

  4. Seriously, are you planning your next trip back ?
    I am.
    J'adore Paris.

  5. Oh my gosh, I love every single picture. you guys look gorgeous, too! Please, post them all or email me the rest. We are going in Sept. for the first time with the girls and are clueless!!! You have me so excited...more so than ever! Please send any tips, photos...anything when you have a moment, okay? We're going for 10 days...Paris and then Italy. Did this hotel have any suites for all 4 of us or would I need to get 2 rooms, which my husband says we can do. Was it a good location? I know...questions, questions. Anyway, so glad you had a marvelous and safe trip...but tell me, how did you leave Stella? I've never been away from my boys for 10 days. I'm a wreck already:-)