“It isn’t how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable: it’s how you spend the time.” — David Brenner
I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Brenner’s quote as I stroll down the streets of Paris in late November 2021.
The “City of Light” was the final stop for Adventure 2021. I’ve visited the city twice before, so this trip was more about relaxation, not sightseeing or shopping. Plus, COVID was still running rampant, so the less I did, the better I felt.
Basically, I was simply Chillin’ in Paris!
I lodged at the Royal Regency by Diamond Resorts in Vincennes, France, as I had done in 2016 and 2019. I booked a studio apartment this time around since my normal travel buddies were on ‘lockdown’ in the USA.
My stays at the Royal Regency are always nice, quiet and comfortable. This trip was no different. The studio apartment was nice and cozy, and very clean.
I made a quick pit stop at the grocery store across the street, then I just sat back, relaxed and enjoyed a nice cup of tea with my freshly baked croissant.
Over the next four days, I simply walked the streets of Paris. I didn’t plan to see anything or visit any attractions. This trip was all about relaxation, nothing more.
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
The highlight of my Paris stay was Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, the largest cemetery in Paris, France. Notable figures in the arts buried at Pere Lachaise include Frédéric Chopin, Édith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, J.R.D. Tata, and Jim Morrison.
I managed to find Jim Morrison’s grave, but refused to walk on the steep hills to Oscar Wilde’s. My legs just wouldn’t let me do it.
The rest of my visit was very low key and uneventful, which was exactly what I needed.