Pompidou and Suzette are the main characters of my book, The King and the Calico…in Paris. Pompidou is a pampered Siamese housecat who dreams of the Paris beyond his windows. Suzette is a calico stray who lives around the Eiffel Tower.
Pompidou’s apartment/prison is near the Trocadéro which is one of my favorite places in Paris. The Trocadéro has an awesome view of the Eiffel Tower, houses a theater, the Musée de l’Homme (the Museum of Natural History), and it has gorgeous fountains. I love fountains. (Photo courtesy of photos8.com.)
Since Pompidou thinks of himself as royalty, he makes Suzette take him to the Arc de Triomphe, a battle memorial to Napoleon. The Arc de Triomphe sits in the middle of l’Etoile, the star, a roundabout fed into by 6 or so streets. It sits at the top of the Champs-Elysées, perhaps one of Paris’s most famous streets. I had a friend who worked for a big accounting firm on the Champs-Elysées and we would meet for lunch and go to Quick Time, a McDonald’s wannabe (hey, don’t judge. It was quick and relatively cheap for the location and it was her choice). (Photo courtesy of photos8.com.)
Suzette meets Pompidou one day at Notre Dame, the famous cathedral on the Ile de la Cité. Ile de la Cité is a tiny island in the middle of the Seine River that separates the chic Right Bank from the bohemian Left Bank. While the façade is of course impressive, I love to wander behind Notre Dame, to the Ile St.-Louis, to view Notre Dame from behind. (Photo courtesy of photos8.com.)
The first time Pompidou spends the night away from his apartment/prison, he goes to Montmartre with Suzette. I loved the view of Paris from the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the whole city spread out below, the taller monuments dotting the landscape. I brought my grandmother there on her dream trip and she got a kick out of watching kids ride the carousel below the Basilica (she had a thing for carousels). One day my friends and I wandered around the Place du Tertre and watched the artists at work. (Photo courtesy of photos8.com.)
I hope you enjoyed the tour of some of my favorite sites in Paris. Do you have any favorite Parisian sites?