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Friday, May 4, 2012

Balenciaga Trainers: Jog My Memory.

"Warm up with the one-mile loop around Jardin du Luxembourg... Climb the 300 steps up to the dome of Sacre Coeur," advised the "Last Look" last page of April Vogue 2012.  "Stride through the galleries of the Musee du Quai Branly to exercise both body and mind,"...hmmm, I began to think. 

My husband surprised me with a visit to Paris a few years ago, but we strolled the Avenue des Champs Elysees and onto L'Arc de Triomphe, and walked along the Seine and under La Tour Eiffel, and all through and around the Louvre, and all around the Notre Dame. 

Herman Munster in his trainers.
There was an abundance of walking, no jogging, but it was very pleasant - and I was wearing some very anti-chic MBT shoe look-alikes that made me look like Herman Munster.  But, my feet felt cushioned by multiple mattresses and I was able to enjoy the wonders of Paris, Venice, Florence/Tuscany, and Rome in my ugly shoes - free of discomfort.

With the April Vogue open to "Last Look", I began a jog - from my computer, and minus Nicolas Ghesquiere's striking - but $545 - Balenciaga trainers.  I wanted to know about the Musee du Quai Branly, Jardin du Luxembourg, and - I thought I'd seen the Sacre Coeur from atop L'Arc de Triomphe.   

How far, I pondered, would it be from Jardin du Luxembourg to Sacre Coeur?

Then, I added a few points - The Museo d'Orsay, L'Arc de Triomphe, and La Place de la Concorde (near Tuillerie Gardens).

During my visit, from a huge ferris wheel - La Grande Roue de Paris - I could see La Tour Eiffel, glittering like a magnificent tree - sparkling with holiday lights:

La Tour Eiffel - from La Grande Roue de Paris. Photo by Toile La La.
La Grande Roue de Paris. Photo by Toile La La.
I mapped a route:  Jardin du Luxembourg, Museo d'Orsay, Musee du Quai Branly, Basilique de Sacre Coeur, and L'Arc de Triomphe.  Here are the Google Maps walking directions, but I think it would be best to take the Metro or RER to rest between some points.

Ending at L'Arc de Triomphe, it would be nice to gaze back at Sacre Coeur - seeing the distance already travelled.  Here's my photo of Sacre Coeur from L'Arc de Triomphe:
Glowing white in the far distance - Sacre Coeur, from L'Arc de Triomphe. Photo by Toile La La.
And here is a YouTube video with a bit more panorama.

There's a bit of my itinerary for a visit to Paris.  Thank You Vogue.