Paris Day 2: Sites and Strolls

How do I begin to put into words the experiences of a day so magical, I don’t think it possible to match it? I am young, in love, and in Paris. Can it get any better?

The day started with a perfect stroll through the Latin Quarter and St. Germain, and a visit to Poulaine bakery for breakfast… a perfect tarte aux pommes.

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Then, a return to Notre Dame and an opportunity to climb the towers and see all of Paris unfolded in front of me.

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A stroll through Les Marais district following the advice of an expert to find specific shops while letting myself get lost in the moment and discover.

I satisfied my hunger with a giant falafel from L’as du Falafel in Les Marais. I was seated next to two gorgeous French women, each impecably dressed and eating their falafel with a fork and knife…I stuffed my face with this incredible sandwich stuffed with grilled eggplant, vinegar based slaw, falafel, and topped with a few deliciously simple sauces.

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I spent the afternoon giving myself a much needed break from sightseeing. I learned that there is no such thing as time wasted, only time best spent. And I knew that trying to get to a museum before closing was not the best use of time.

I ate at he famous Cafe du Flore, frequented by Hemingway and other expats of the time. I sipped a Kir, munched on baguette with my salad verte, and reflected and wrote in my journal. The time to rest and reflect without being bothered was worth the price tag.

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Laduree just appeared out of nowhere so I thought, “this is a sign. I must get a macaron.” That, or I was still hungry after walking an unidentifiable number of miles today. I chose Chocolat- Madagascar and it was simply delicious… not that pretty, but delicious. I must try Pierre Herme before I make my decision about the ‘best macaron in paris’.

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Before retiring for the evening, I hopped the metro once more to find Bon Marche- yet another beautiful department store and site of envy as every woman there is wearing a fur and looks like a retired supermodel.

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Till tomorrow, my friends. The Louvre, Arc di Triomph and dinner with a wonderful woman I met on the plane await me.

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