We finally made it to Paris today! =)

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what would you like for brekkie?
It truly doesn't escape me how.. comfortable things are in the US and how spoiled we are in a lot of ways. I'm going to save my transportation stories for later, but suffice it to say that convenience is a truly relative term. Yes, Paris is a fairly easy city to get around on by foot, but if you are on the outskirts of Paris - well good luck!

I got up at 6am as I'm not able to sleep more than a few hours on my first night in a new place. Started the morning with a luxuriously hot shower in my gorgeous bathroom. Puttered around for an hour or so waiting for Irene and Tracy to wake up. The sun didn't rise until just after 8am, so I snuck out at 7am to take a couple of pictures of the picturesque dawn in our village.
Outside the Metro Chatelet Les Halles
We left just before 9am for breakfast and some grocery shopping, as we wanted to save a bit by having a meal or two at home and use our nicely equipped kitchen.

We came back, put things away and left again to catch the bus to the Chessy RER station. Today was our day to iron out the transportation kinks.. which also involved waiting for 30 minutes in the 35mph winds for the stupid pink bus. But yay - our Navigo passes worked on these suburban buses too! Whee! From here things got easier - we got Irene her Navigo card (these cards start on Monday so they were perfectly timed for our trip), we hopped on the A RER and took the 14 stops to Chatelet, where we were supposed to transfer to the B RER, but decided to walk down via Pont Neuf and take in the sights.

It didn't quite hit me that we were in Paris as we had just been at the airport, the suburbs in Disneyland Paris, and then in various modes of public transportation.
Big Face!
Upon exiting the metro, I drew a quick breath, not really knowing what to anticipate as I hadn't been here in 15 years and sure as heck didn't take the metro when I was 14 by myself! At around 1pm, our heads popped out of the metro station like gophers, and the first sights we saw were old buildings and, the St. Eustache, and a Big Face! What a wonder... it was kind of like being in Rome where everywhere you look there is something beautiful. We squeezed in quite a few things before the rain started on us at 4:20pm.

It's really amazing to me how much Paris reminds me of New York. The only differences that I can point to are the frequency of French heard is just a little higher than in NY - where there's a strong Russian language presence as well. The smorgasboard of languages heard almost put me into a childhood slumber.
On a stroll to Pont Neuf!
And all the boutiques! They make shopping in the US seem like taking medicine. The unique clothes, lovely food, all that creativity and identity is well-preserved and available. While I care not a sou for shopping in the US, I would find it incredibly difficult to live here and not have the money to enjoy such intimate luxuries.

We walked down past the Samaritaine and I recognized Pont Neuf immediately from the movies. It's very pretty, with people just loitering about enjoying the intermittent sun peeking out. Just south of Pont Neuf we were accosted by some amazing aromas coming out of countless restaurants just before Jardin Luxembourg. The area down here must be their version of Little Tokyo as we saw Japanese restaurants every few feet, scattered among them were some Indian food places, Mediterannean, Indonesian and of course French cafes.
My fave pic of Jardin de Luxembourg
What fun! We were brainwashed by all the pictures of sashimi and brochettes (for some reason a French version of Japanese yakitori took up half the menu in all these sushi places. We overate, I ended up communicating with the staff in Mandarin (have YET to really pick up French!), and we were on our way to Jardin de Luxembourg in the dying light. What a luxurious place to hang out - like Central Park, but much less dangerous, and a lot more open space - in NY there are a few woodsy areas and a lot of curving pathways where you may not be able to see around the bend, etc. And we saw another Big Face here in the Jardin de Luxembourg!

The rain started, and we headed home, but not before stopping by the Museum de la Moyen Age (Museum of the Middle Age) which looked really dark and ominous! We also passed by the Sorbonne which was really nice and had a courtyard behind its stone walls. We went home before the rain got too heavy, made a gorgeous dinner of fresh pasta in mushroom sauce, bread and cheeses, and desserts of chocolate cake and pistachio cream pots! Wow, we dined like royalty! ;)
emmllerg says:
Enjoy your next vacation to Paris
Posted on: Jun 02, 2013
emmllerg says:
Enjoy your next vacation to Paris
Posted on: Jun 02, 2013
CosmicTen says:
Aww, all that pastry in the photos, takes me back to the week in Nice. Lots of glossy breakfast treats!
Posted on: Jan 20, 2009
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what would you like for brekkie?
what would you like for brekkie?
Outside the Metro Chatelet Les Hal…
Outside the Metro Chatelet Les Ha…
Big Face!
Big Face!
On a stroll to Pont Neuf!
On a stroll to Pont Neuf!
My fave pic of Jardin de Luxembourg
My fave pic of Jardin de Luxembourg
Were trying to look philosophical…
We're trying to look philosophica…
East view from Pont Neuf
East view from Pont Neuf
teapots!!!
teapots!!!
Another big head!
Another big head!
Tracy and Irene in Jardin de Luxem…
Tracy and Irene in Jardin de Luxe…
Morning in village
Morning in village
our pretty little marriott village…
our pretty little marriott villag…
And down comes the rain!
And down comes the rain!
on the RER back home =)
on the RER back home =)
my pretty little roommates!
my pretty little "roommates"!
Saint Eustache
Saint Eustache
The Samaritaine
The Samaritaine
Pont Neuf!
Pont Neuf!
Irene!
Irene!
following Jason Bourne ;)
following Jason Bourne ;)
To Ile de la Cite
To Ile de la Cite
Apres-lunch!
Apres-lunch!
All made up, but finally someplace…
All made up, but finally someplac…
Outside Chatalet Les-halles
Outside Chatalet Les-halles
Faces along the bridge
Faces along the bridge
Right Bank
Right Bank
West view from Pont Neuf
West view from Pont Neuf
CHEESE!
CHEESE!
Candy in the streets!
Candy in the streets!
Tracy chillin
Tracy chillin'
Me and Irene
Me and Irene
digging into a lovely dessert =)
digging into a lovely dessert =)
Senate building in Jardin de Luxem…
Senate building in Jardin de Luxe…
Irene - the great photographer!
Irene - the great photographer!
Arent you cold, duckie?!
Aren't you cold, duckie?!
Museum of the middle ages. I want …
Museum of the middle ages. I want…
La Sorbonne!
La Sorbonne!
Irene and Tracy on Pont Neuf!
Irene and Tracy on Pont Neuf!
Aww - Trace!
Aww - Trace!
front view of the Senate!
front view of the Senate!
One of our many dinners!
One of our many dinners!
Paris
photo by: Sweetski