I hadn't had a proper holiday in many years and my daughters and I have been planning to go to Paris for a long time. This year all the stars aligned and we took the trip. What a trip it was! We laughed, we cried, we ate and drank too much but very well. And we walked ... and walked ... and walked. I don't think there was a part of Paris we left unexplored. I was quite proud that my old bones were able to keep up with my two beautiful and VERY fit daughters. My only regret was not taking along my FitBit ... then again it could have been just as well ... the poor thing might have melted in my pocket, we walked so much. It was wonderful. We did two organized walking tours (Shout-out to Sandemans New Europe Tours - highly recommended!!) and then we wandered but never aimlessly thanks to my youngest daughter's directional prowess (thanks Nicole - my favorite vacation organizer). We took a couple of random turns every once in a while which led to marvelous unplanned discoveries such as the Bastille Market. There a very handsome young man shucked oysters for us then served us wine in the empty oyster shells because (according to him) "in France, when we eat - we drink!" Who was I to argue with local customs?
The point of all this? During our wanderings we passed so many great little book shops tucked away into the corners of St. Germaine, the Latin Quarter and along the side streets we explored. Of course a blog post started to form in my head (exciting for me since I hadn't posted anything in so long) and I started snapping pictures.