Le Chat Noir
Paris Travel Blog› entry 6 of 43 › view all entries
May 30th, 2008 – by: Gracethepilgrim
I have created my first blister by wandering for hours each day - mouth agape a lot of the time. Paris is the city of passion and every store window is filled with someones passion; whether it be clothing, wine, charcuterie, patisserie, antiques, art, design - it's all divine (in the biblical sense).
My stopover of a few days has been exquisite since the minute I arrived.
For the ladies out there, I saw "Sex in the City" on first release with about 300 immaculately dressed Parisien women/girls. What a treat (except for feeling like the worst dressed person in Paris).
It is a strange thing but I cannot find the exclamation mark on this keyboard. Is it un-French to exclaim?
I started my stay here on the Left Bank in the quirky Hotel de Nesle with a climb up 5 floors to my teeny room. I did have a bathroom and a view of the top quarter of the Eiffel tower though.
I explored the Latin Quarter by the time honoured zig-zag method (Sorbonne, Pantheon, Musee de Cluny) . You are never lost in Paris as there is always a Metro handy. The Catacombes threw a curly one though as you emerge in a completely different place to your entrance. Favourite place - Jardins de Luxemburg.
I also caught up with a friend (met in Burma) from Holland. We spent the afternoon bar-hopping (much more charming and chi-chi than in Melbourne - think sidewalk bars, beautiful waiters and similar wine) starting on the Left Bank and finishing up in the Marais.
Yesterday I switched sides (NOT that side) and I am now staying in Montmartre with a gorgeous couchsurfing friend, Nora. Her wonderful appartment is in the centre of this triangle: Moulin Rouge, Rue des Abysses (one of the most beautiful shopping strips in Paris) and Rue Lepic (housing the cafe where some of "Amelie" was filmed). It is a very Prahran/bohemian neighbourhood (also a resident trannie on the local corner) so I feel right at home. Yesterday I walked around Montmartre for hours and even lit a candle for my people in Sacre Coeur.
Well, tonight I am attempting to find the Cafe St Jacques to meet up with some Parisien pilgrims who have also walked the Camino de Santiago. I have fingers crossed that someone speaks English or perhaps they will slow their French down for me ? (in the absense of an exclamation mark).
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