24h in Paris on our way to Barcelona and Lyon
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I was on a quick holiday with my friend Jacob who had flew down to Brussels in order to join me for a 5 day holiday in Brussels, Paris, Barcelona and Lyon. The first day we partied in Brussels and we had been driving to the hotel from Brussels in less than 3 hours and Paris was now there just in front of us.
The hotel looked from the okay but we had our doubt, as one often had in Paris. There was no parking hotel, so we went to a public parking which was situated very close to the hotel but there were nobody to receive us.
We waited a bit and the Jacob went in and the gate went up and I parked the car and we left; we would fix it tomorrow. We were well received at the hotel; the check in went very easy and we got a room on the first floor.
We were happy with the room; we were only going to sleep there and the weather outside was amazing. We both had to laugh, when we turned on the water in the sink all the water ran out on the floor; how can someone miss this if the clean the sink.
We left and walked towards the left side of Seine and therefore headed towards Hotel de Ville and Notre Dame. We stopped at the corner of Place the Hotel de Ville where we could overview the traffic. We ordered two large beers and had to pay 16,40€ for the beers.
It was the closest you can get to a robbery at full daylight. We got the best out of it and enjoyed the traffic the tourists and just the fact that we both were back in a city that we been having a relationship with since 30-40 years; we both went to school there when we were young.
We walked towards Notre dame and therefore saw the Paris Beach to our right crossing Pont d’Arcole.
We decided to enter Notre Dame and take a brief look inside before heading for Quai de Montebello and walking towards Boulevard Saint-Michel and an area of Paris which we time after time come back to. We had booked a table at Le Procope at 8pm so we killed the time with some laid back beer drinking at a café at Boulevard Saint-Germain, where they had happy hour until 8pm.
We had never been at Le Procope before but felt that this was the time. Café Procope is one of the oldest restaurants of Paris; it is situated in rue de l'Ancienne Comédie, 6th arrondissement very close to Boulevard Saint-Germain. It was opened in 1686 by the Sicilian Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli, with a slightly subversive name adopted from the historian Procopius, who’s Secret History, the Anekdota; told the scandals of Emperor Justinian, his ex-dancer Empress, and his court.
The restaurant was quite nice I must say but we ended up having a great meal with great wines. I had the large fruit de mer and really enjoyed that I could order a single portion. We were quite pleased when we left 4 hours later so headed for the area of our hotel. Here we visited a couple of the bars and enjoyed the last nightlife of the neighbourhood before we headed for our hotel.