Bonjour de Paris
30.07.2012 - 02.08.2012 20 °C
We made it to Paris and didn't get lost!!! Sweeeet!
We went into a minor panic mode trying to check in at the airport at Edinburgh. We were lucky enough to have a huge group of Italian teenagers in a tour group in front of us. They only started check in for our flight 1 hour before even though they say to be 2 hours early, which we were. Once we checked in we literally speed walked upstairs to the security check and just made it in line for boarding. Everything else has been smooth sailing since
So far, I'm finding my Paris experience different from my last one. Pretty much everyone we've met or approached for something has spoken English to some extent. I'd love to say all my 15 years of French education has paid off and I'm conversing well in Francais....but sorry mom, that's not the case. Candice has an amazing memory, and she remembers random facts and information. Thank god she has been remembering words, which has been very handy. We are staying in the Latin Quater which is on the Seine Gauche. The funny thing is, I stayed in this neighbourhood 4 years ago when Linds and I came to Paris! I clearly didn't remember this (my memory is not like Candice's!), but I am great at directionality and remembering places I have been before. We started walking down our street and I literally started noticing all these landmarks that I thought looked familiar. 20 minutes later, I found the Starbucks we used to go to every morning and where the hotel I stayed in was. My amazing sense of directionality also found the Patheon (which is only a 15 min walk from our hotel) and the Jarden de Luxemburg. We are going to go back during the day since it was had to see everything in the dark but at least I now where we are going.
We found rue Mouffetard and rue Descartes which has lots of restaurants and pubs everywhere. Everything here is a set meal. Most range from €14-€18 which include an appetizer, entree and dessert. We had a nice French meal on the street with some wine and enjoyed taking in the atmosphere. Romantic, I know!
Tomorrow we are going shopping! The major retailer here is call Monoprix (it's kind of like Winners). As smart as I am, I appear to have not packed a cardigan even though I had 2 pulled out to pack for the trip. It's quite cool here, not as bad as Scotland, but you actually need a sweater in the evening as it gets breezy. I was pretty disappointed tonight when I realized I didn't bring any, luckily my fat arms aren't so fat anymore, and I actually fit in one of Can's cardigans. Who knew that day would ever happen! Lol Other then shopping, we have 2 days to hit up as many sites as we can. So that's the plan for tomorrow. Add in some pastries, coffee and a crepe and we're going to have an amazing day in Paris!!