After a couple of quite eventful flights I and Arnaud found ourselves in Paris on a Sunday morning. The first time I had been there was eight years back and for Arnaud, it was the beginning of a homecoming after four years away.
When we went out to shop for groceries and lunch we were lucky to find a Sunday market near our Airbnb. There we bought a couple of roasted chicken legs, artisanal brioche, mirabelles, and juicy tomatoes. We also got a baguette from the nearby bakery.
To complete the meal, we got some gnocchi and mozarella from the supermarket. A hot meal was in order after the unappetizing meals we had on the plane.
We had a house companion who goes by the name of Yeti (for obvious reasons). I’ve never had or wanted a pet in my life so I didn’t know how to feel about living with an animal for the next three days. But it turned out alright as Yeti is potty-trained and very calm as well. He didn’t mind us most of the time. Ah, my kind of pet.
Tess and Rob arrived later during the day and we decided to go out see the Eiffel Tower in the evening.
The next day started with a trip to the bakery. Food window shopping is one of my favorite things to do. I just wanted to hug the display case filled with pretty and delicious little pastries!
After breakfast it was time for some sightseeing.
We dropped by the Palais Garnier, one of Paris’ famous landmarks. I discovered later on that this was the setting to the novel The Phantom of the Opera.
We were off to a quick visit to the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. Shopping is not the reason why we went though; its famous dome was. It really is more beautiful and intricate in real life than in pictures.
After some walking we found a nice place for lunch where we had flammekueche, a cross between a tart and a pizza.
We had two kinds of flammekueche: La Raclette and La Fameuse Chevre-Miel. The former was the union of a raclette meal and flatbread pizza. It had toppings of potatoes, lardons, onions, and of course raclette cheese. The latter was a sweet savory combination of honey, onions, lardons, and goat’s cheese.
After a huge lunch we just walked around and discovered little treats here and there.
We found a pretty little park but were not allowed to enter it because a film shoot was ongoing. We later Googled the director’s name and found he was quite a reputable one. Can’t remember the name now though.
Our little walk led us to the Musee du Louvre.
We did not enter the museum but going through the pathway that leads to the pyramid on the other side, we found a surprise.
On the other side is the Louvre main courtyard where you can find the famous pyramid. This is the main entrance to the museum.
It was a nice sunny day so we just decided to enjoy the weather and take a break at a garden nearby. Many people had the same idea.
Then we were up and walking around in no time. The goal was to reach the River Seine.
We reached Le Marais district and found Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris. Many popular figures resided in this area, including Victor Hugo.
Since we were in Le Marais we decided to grab some kebab. There’s a street lined with several shops selling all sorts of pita sandwiches.
Instead of eating at the shop we decided to go to the garden we found minutes before. People were bringing their kebab sandwiches there and we thought we’d do the same. We eventually named this tiny pretty garden Jardin du Shawarma.
Arnaud and I continued to explore a bit more after dinner by making our way to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The first time I went it was a cold and cloudy spring day, and we went up to the roof for a view of the city. This time I wanted to see the cathedral all lit up.
I think I like the Notre Dame better at night. The lights bring out the intricate details of the building.
We stuck around long enough to see a street artist’s impressive fire dance performance. If you happen to see him in front of the Notre Dame stick around and prepare to be amazed.
What a fiery way to end the day. Our Paris adventure isn’t over yet! Watch out for the next story.