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Paris Journal - It's The Details!

Paris is a magically beautiful city, and after the last couple of weeks, I've begun to really get it.

It's not just that most of the buildings are a few hundred years old, but about the beautiful details throughout the city, and the work done to preserve the old.

Both with the public buildings and residential properties, you find amazing stuff.  It's almost like some of the buildings have an applique of some sort of durable plaster design. 

Even the mundane, like the lamp posts along the Champs Elysee, are remarkable in the design details.

The French have a culture of having beautiful things and really taking care of them.  It's like the French women who look amazing in their old classic (and basic) clothing and accessories that they make last forever.  The same care is given to preserving and enjoying the lovely old buildings.

Here in Washington, we went through a period of tearing down lovely historical buildings to put up really hideous office buildings, devoid of any charm or character whatsoever.  There has been far less of that in Paris, where historic preservation is just a way of life. 

Yes, Paris has changed over the decades since I've been there.  My mother wanted to revisit the Champs Elysee to see the lovely shops, which (while the buildings themselves had not been significantly altered) was line with motorcycle dealerships.  Neighborhoods that were once shabby are now quite chic.

But the essence of the city is the same as when I left it way back in the 70's.  And for that I was thankful!

Comment balloon 17 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 25 2009 05:35AM


Pat - Now that is what I love to see, the beautiful architecture.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) over 11 years ago

Those pictures are beautiful. Are you home now?

When I was in Russia and Ukraine, the thing is that the cities are so much older than anything here, and there were some that just took my breath away. You could just feel the generations that passed by or through, that touched these old buildings.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

I know what you mean I am from Germany.

Posted by Andrea Palmer, Phone 239-333-5556 (Jones & Co. Realty 239-333-5556) over 11 years ago


Paris does have some really beautiful historic buildings and details.  I was in Paris in the 60's for a very short period and did not get to enjoy the city as you have described it.  Now that I am older I think that I would like to go back for another visit to see what it is that I missed.

Thank you ma'am for the tour.


Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

Pat, yes it's a beautiful city and thanks for all your posts as I vicariously enjoy your visit and my memories of Paris and France.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 11 years ago

Pat, Thanks again for sharing your trip with us. Nice to know that the city cares about preserving the past.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 11 years ago

Glorious! Hope our trip home is a safe and pleasant one. Have really enjoyed all these posts.

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) over 11 years ago

Patricia - I really enjoy your photos!  It looks like this is the only way I'm ever going to see Paris...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat... sadly, architectural detail is an expense and in many cases the elimination of it saves money for the builders/developers, but starves us all esthetically!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago

Pat --- thanks so much for your posts about Paris ---Like Debi, this is probably the only way I will get to see Paris. I have enjoyed your photos and posts.

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Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) over 11 years ago

In Paris people work to live; here will live to work.  That is my favorite city in the world.......

Posted by TIM MONCRIEF, Over 2,000 homes sold….. (Tim Monciref) over 11 years ago

Paris, through Pat's eyes, was a wonderful treat. 

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat...Happy Belated Birthday :-)  This has been a wonderful series of posts from your Paris vacation and very well done indeed.  I did miss a couple....and while I know I can go back and read up....I'm wondering if, for your final vacation post, you could put links to all the others so some of us can bookmark for a dreamy day....just a thought.

Posted by Gail MacMillan over 11 years ago

Hi Pat-I love the detailed architecture in these old buildings. You have been having a wonderful vacation I can tell. Thank you of sharing it with all of us. Love the wisteria in your previous blog and all the rest of the bldgs and pics. ENJOY!

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat...Are the subway stations still special?

Like you, I think Paris is just full of wonderful things.  Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

I quess I haven't been there since the early 70s.  There are so many places I've love to go back to.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 11 years ago

Not only the outside but the inside of the buildings have so much detail . I have enjoyed your photos.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

how beautiful! my daughter just got back from Europe - but didn't make it to Paris this time around.......Paris is one of my favorite cities and I so want to visit again one day soon! :-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago