Day 3: A Little Bit of This and That

There is nothing quite like early morning in Paris. I started my day by strolling down Rue Mouffatard, watching as patisseries and fromageries set up shop. The market was busstling to get ready for the day. I was standing on corner, munching a perfect pain au chocolat from a boulangerie at 123 Moufettard, bits of pastry falling in my hair, my head reeling with ideas for the day.

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I started out with a visit to the Louvre. It is magnificent and definitely warrants more than one trip. I turned a corner and there was the Mona Lisa. Lacking tourists, I snapped a couple photos and was on my way. What I enjoyed most were the rooms that didn’t contain ‘big name’ pieces. I was able to sit in each room, relax and enjoy the experience.

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Next, a stroll around the Louvre/ Halles area where I picked up a  piece of fresh goat’s cheese, an olive roll (that I proceeded to drop on the ground) and dates and eat while I walked to my next destination.

I enjoyed the market street of Rue Montergeuil as well as a few fun shops along the way. G.Detou, a small specialty food store, was one of the highlights. I picked up a bag of fleur de sel and a small gift for my virtual tour guide who helped me so much  in planning this trip. I stopped in second hand shops, complete with 15 euro Longchamp bags (still kicking myself for not buying it!) and got a wonderful taste of this area.

Next, I hopped the Metro to the Arc de Triumph. I can’t even begin  to describe the feeling I got when I reached  the top. The view was absolutely magnificent.

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And in case that wasn’t enough…

 

 

Don’t make fun! Actually, go ahead, it’s hilarious. And better yet, imagine the Parisians looking at me as I did this.

 

I made my way back to the Quartier Latin only to enjoy a vin chaude (hot wine) and a walk through one of the Christmas markets. What a wonderful moment.

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Tonight, I head out to dinner with a woman, Marie, whom I met on the plane to Paris. She has a restaurant in mind so I’ll be meeting her at a cafe at 8pm then going to the restaurant.

And tomorrow, my first class (well  in this case, demo) at Le Cordon Bleu! I can’t even explain how excited I am!

A bientot!

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