30.07.2012 - 02.08.2012
We had a super busy day walking around Paris. We left this morning and took the metro up to the Louvre. The annoying thing about Pairs is trying to buy food. They have weird food times, breakfast is early, lunch between 1:30-3pm then most restaurants close down until dinner which doesn't really start until 7pm and seems to go past 11pm. Everything is a Parisien cafe, there is one at every street corner. They all serve the same food and they are all super expensive. I don't know about you but all I need in the morning is a coffee (cafe americano as they call it in Europe) and something small to keep me going. Well that almost impossible today! A breakfast which was coffee, juice, toast and fruit is about €15!! We spend about that for a 3 course meal at dinner! After a good 20 min of walking from cafe to cafe, in search of a Starbucks (they do have them here but not on every street corner like they do downtown) we found a small tea place...thank god! Food can be pretty frustrating to either find or afford in Paris, which is completely opposite from Scotland.
After breakfast, we walked outside of the Louvre, sat at the fountains and relaxed. We walked across the street to the Jardin du Carrousel and the into the Jardin des Tuileries. If you haven't been to Paris before, pictures do not the jardins justice. They are beyond huge, think central park but all open, green grass, multiple fountains with lots of seating. It's amazing!!
Then we walked up the av des Champs-Eylsees , the whole way up to the Arc de Triomphe. We stopped to do a bit of shopping and eat a salad and sandwhich in the street on the way. Then we decided to be ambitious, pulled out the Frommers map and figured out how to walk to the Tour Eiffel! We took a bunch of pictures, admired its beauty, got ice cream and sat down at the seine river taking everything in. Next, we took an hour boat cruise on the Seine river. The cruise is nice because you learn a lot of history and see lots of buildings. After the cruise, we walked under the Tour Eiffel towards another park. We walked all through parc du Champ de Mars to the metro.
Tonight we went back to rue Mouffetard for dinner. We didn't head over until 8:30 ish, typical dinner time in Paris. We had cheese fondue! Who knew fondue was super popular in Paris?!? Personally, I was sick of it after just a bit, but Candice who has never had fondue enjoyed the meal. The carbs are killing my tummy, I feel like its expanded so much just from eating shit. It would be impossible to do the Poon here, and I want to try authentic food and enjoy myself on my trip, but I can not wait to get back on the Poon when I get back!! Crazy, I know!
Well if you pulled out a map of Paris and looked up the Latin Quarter and follow where we walked to you would see we literally walked half of the city. Needless to say, I'm tired and may actually be able to sleep tonight.
Au revoir! A demain.