After finding our beautiful apartment and getting settled in we walked the streets of the Latin quarter to stay awake and adjust to the 8 hour time difference.
What fun getting thoroughly lost in its' winding streets we stopped for our 1st, (of what will surely be many), glasses of wine a a plate of pate and cheeses...divine! We meandered through the beautiful Jardin de Luxembourg where I found the spot I painted at this morning.
Last night we gathered a picnic of sandwiches on baguettes and a couple of bottles of wine from our neighborhood grocer and journeyed via bus to the Seine to feast our eyes on the beautiful river as the sun set and the many lights started to glow into the waters as night time descended. It was lovely and made complete by a few handsome, young derelicts wanting to party with the old cougars that just got into "town"....we made our "excuses" and toddled home. We must have walked for miles yesterday and every part of my body ached as we all hit the pillows.
My eyes flapped open at 6:30 am...I packed up my art backpack and headed out IN THE RAIN for the gardens and parked under a tree to paint my first "masterpiece" of the journey. I felt a part of this amazing city...not dressed up with my painting togs on and my hair in a braid with a mug of hot coffee to sip on as I made my way to my idea of the start of a perfect day as my friends slumbered on in our cozy apartment.
Stay tuned...there will be more to come as it is only the beginning of this journey.