Early Morning Paris

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Because I work from home, I’m rarely outside in the street at 8.30 am, although I can see the Palais Royal Gardens through my office window any time of the day.

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When Black Cat lived nearby, she would sometimes suggest we go to breakfast together before she went to work but she moved to another part of Paris a long time ago. Today, however, I was to meet up with some visiting Australian friends at Angelina’s in rue de Rivoli.

palais_royal

Paris was wearing another face. In the Palais Royal, a business man was reading the paper next to the fountain before the water was turned on. Joggers were running under the trees.

buren_columns

There were no children playing on the Buren columns and no tourists posing for photos or throwing coins into the water below.

cafe

At Café Nemours people were having coffee before work and half the seats were empty.

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Most of the souvenir shops along Rue de Rivoli were closed.

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Others were setting up their stalls for the day, mopping the floor or having a morning coffee break.

big_wheel

There was no one on the Big Wheel currently stationed in the fun park in the Tuileries Gardens.

angelina_outside

When I got to Angelina’s no one was queueing!

vanilla_slice

I chose my favourite award-winning Bourbon vanilla slice (mille-feuille bourbon) and Angelina’s extra-thick hot chocolate.

boutique

There wasn’t a sole person in the boutique.

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By the time I left at 10.30 am, all the souvenir shops were doing brisk business. Maybe I should go out to breakfast more often!

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8 Responses to Early Morning Paris

  1. Barb says:

    Lovely post – never seen Paris like that.

  2. Jane's cousin's friend says:

    How beautiful!! Paris looks so green and lovely now.

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      We have a problem with the trees in the Palais Royal garden though. They have some sort of disease. They had it last year and it was treated but it’s come back again.

  3. Gigi says:

    Ahh, lovely to see my favourite cafe featured in your post today 🙂 Soooo much to take in from a seat here! I too ,have strolled down Rue de Rivoli early in the morning, past Angelinas etc…no lines….but I didn’t realise there normally would be!

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