paris secrets {the opera}

October 26, 2012

Planning a first trip to Paris can be a bit
daunting...stay in a hotel? An apartment?
 Shop and relax, or join the crowds at must-sees?
I wanted it all.
So I will share some
helpful resources and suggestions
found in lovely books and around the web.

My Little Paris

My Little Paris

Who doesn't love more than 50 Paris secrets?
One of my favorites from this source
was an opera concert on a
Thursday afternoon at the
Bastille Opera.

Les Jeudis de Bastille

What an unforgettable experience in
an intimate setting!

Treated to a dozen gifted soloists,
they performed classics transporting
me back in time, soothing my soul, and
and bringing tears to my eyes.

You may be surprised to learn the cost
(this is why it's a secret!!!):

5 euros.
Yep, about $6.50.
For Paris opera.

I bought tickets online and printed them at home.
We headed there early on foot and enjoyed
the Bastille Market before the concert.


Check out My Little Paris
(Chene, 2011) for more reveals,
and I'll be sharing a few of my own
very soon...i have not organized my photos yet!

How cool is this tip for 5 Euro Fabulous?

Peace to you right where you are.

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  1. Fabulous tip indeed! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip! xo

  2. Can't wait to see your photos Michele. I've found so many Paris favorites through My Little Paris, it really is a fantastic resource. Haven't done the Bastille afternoon concert, though. Something for next time! XO

  3. I am book marking this for my next trip to Paris. I WILL go back!! Glad you are home safe and sound but sorry you could not stay longer, I know how hard it is to leave!!
    xo Kathysue

  4. Who knew the opera - let alone in Paris - could be so affordable!!?? Tickets don't go for that price in Seattle. :)

  5. What an amazing experience Michele! I do not have the book but I've heard it's a great resource.

    Thanks for sharing your secrets ;)

  6. What a sweet little book! Looking forward to seeing and hearing all about your Paris adventures!

  7. Oh wow, how totally charming is that. An adorable Parisian market, then off to an intimate touching opera...


  8. What a fun experience that must have been on a Thursday afternoon! You describe it so well I can really feel the joy and good energy all the way to Seattle.

    Happy weekend to you and your family!

    ox, Mon

  9. i felt so civilized, ya know?


  10. I am going to start planning now!! Thank you so much for this information!!
    Have a great weekend!
    The Relished Roost

  11. Thank you, Michele! So glad you shared with us. I'll have to remember the opera concert at the Bastille Opera....never knew......and seriously, 5 euros?? We are anxiously awaiting your photos. Talk soon ~ Loi

  12. So excited for you!
    I don't need to see
    any pics to know that
    you had a fantastic
    time, but I can't wait
    to see what captured
    your beautiful fancy!

    That said, I know the
    re-entry phase can be
    pretty consuming, so
    good luck with all of
    that and welcome home!!

    xo Suzanne

  13. Thanks for sharing all these good ideas. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

  14. Happy to have discovered your blog. Nice pics. It makes me home sick as I now live in Florida.
    Will visit you again for sure,
    Anne (Playing With Scarves)

  15. Wow good to know. Now I feel obliged to plan a trip sooner than later:) I will know who to consult when I do not IF I do! Glad it was such a wonderful trip.....going to the opera must have been a wonderful highlight. Cannot wait to hear more about it Michele!

  16. i miss paris terribly!! i've been twice and it is without a doubt my favorite place on earth! so much more i'd like to do and see there. next up i'd like to visit the city with my boyfriend :)

  17. Fabulous tip! Sounds like a wonderful experience... Can't wait to see/hear more :) xxx

  18. Shut the font door!!! Five euros?!?! What a deal!!! You never see deals like that - especially in Paris!! Thanks for sharing this little book, I need it!! I hope you had the best time EVER!! I was thinking of you and It looks like you had a wonderful time! I can't wait to hear more. Sorry I have been so distant, we've had some internet connection problems and it's been driving me crazy!!!

    I hope all is well and you're getting plenty of rest after your amazing fun filled trip!


  19. I know I already commented on this post but I had to come back to thank you for giving me a BIG LAUGH about toothbrushes!!!! You are hilarious. You have to come to Seattle to visit! :)

  20. Hej Michele,

    Thank you for your visit to Sweden :) Paris, it looks through your eyes beautiful.
    Next time Stockholm maybe our Amsterdam the big city of my country.

    A hug from a Dutch in Sweden

  21. Michele, this is crazy... you must have been reading my mind. I am literally obsessing over Paris this week. We are planning to visit our friends in Holland next summer and then take the train to Paris. Though I've traveled through Europe several times, I have yet to visit Paris! We are going with an apartment since it's all 4 of us (2 kids under 6). Thanks for sharing your tips! Do you think kids could go to the opera? I'll pin this to my France board :) Thanks for sharing your tips!!

  22. How have I not heard about this literary gem? Thank you for the tip!


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