Day 2 – Paris

(6/18/13)

After a nice long sleep, Chris and I took Paris’ excellent Metro down to the Louvre, from which we walked over to the Rodin Museum.  Luckily, the rain from the previous day had cleared up and it was gorgeous and sunny, which made the walk through the Tuileries Garden especially pleasant.

The Rodin Museum is a special favorite of Chris’, so it was nice to spend some time wandering among all the incredible sculptures.  The gardens around the museum are also amazing – full of these huge, stunning roses in every color imaginable.

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There were also some good pieces of art, too.  😉

After the Rodin Museum, we had lunch at a cute little bistro nearby, where we ate some type of white fish in a delicious buttery mustard sauce.

After lunch, we walked to the Eiffel Tower and relaxed on the green for a bit before taking a Seine River tour.

IMG_1587  The Eiffel Tower, up close.

IMG_1598  Notre Dame Cathedral from the Seine

After our tour, we went back to the hotel to rest and change, then went out for our fancy Parisian dinner.  We went to a place called Au Bourguignon du Marais, which was fantastic.  We had: an egg poached in a bacon-wine sauce, beef carpaccio (served with arugula, mushrooms, artichokes and parmesan), beef tartare, plenty of bread, and of course, wine.  For dessert, we had profiteroles and millefeuille (a pastry made from filo dough with strawberries and cream layered inside).  Everything was excellent, and the atmosphere was really fun.  Our waitress was also adorable and incredibly friendly, something you don’t get very often from French servers.

IMG_1608 The outside of Au Bourguignon du Marais

After dinner, we walked over to Notre Dame.  So beautiful.

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Day 1 – Nous arrivons!

(6/17/13)

Bonjour!  Ploy, here!  I’ll probably be doing most of the writing, since this blog thing was my idea, anyway.  🙂  I’ve decided that the easiest thing to do, given the scarcity of internet, is to dedicate one post to each day, rather than type up long entries that “catch up” to the actual day on which I may be writing.

Our flight to Paris was uneventful, minus the fact that someone was very loudly throwing up in the back bathroom for quite a long time (they even had to ask for a doctor over the PA system).  Other than that, we landed, safe and sound, at Charles de Gaulle Airport at 6:30 am local time.

It was a beautiful morning, and we got out of the airport and into Paris without any problem.  When we came out of the train station to catch a taxi, however, (because hauling  two huge bags each around the Metro is a terrible idea) it had started to rain hard.  The sky was really dark and there were occasional rumbles of thunder.  We weren’t able to check into our hotel yet, as it was only 9:00, so we found a cafe close by for some coffee and tartine, which is just a baguette but in half lengthwise served with butter and jam.  And also delicious.

The rest of our day was farily uneventful.  We checked in, took a nap, then walked around Paris, mostly to keep ourselves awake.  It rained off and on while we were out, which was disheartening, but we had a nice time walking along the Seine and snacking on various French pastries.

Oh, and I got bit by a dog.  Some lady just had her dogs in a cafe, and this little Jack Russell just ran out as me as we were walking by, and before my “Oh-he’s-so-cute!-I-want-to-pet-him!” instinct could take effect, the little fucker had bitten me on my calf.  Luckily, he only barely broke the skin, but I have a huge bruise and it hurt like hell for the rest of the day.  Welcome to Paris!