Well, I made it. It's only a one-hour difference between Paris and Madagascar, but since I took an overnight flight, I'm still exhausted. I was a bit culturally shocked, but not so much that I couldn't enjoy my first day back to western civilization. Paris wasn't as Parisienne as other seasons, because everyone leaves for Conge during the month of August, but I couldn't get enough of it, anyways.
Sunday - Oh, it's good to be with Amanda and Katie! We first go to a patisserie, of course, to get our mid-morning pastry. Then, we head over to this posh farmer's market to grab du pan, du fromage, et des fruit pour un picnic dans le parc de Notre Dame. It was wonderful. We also went to the zoo, and saw all of the little animals. Amanda and I picked up our daily bread and made a wonderful veggie pasta.
Monday - Amanda's grocery shopping day, oh les supermarches francais! Didn't really seem to work. We then met up with Katie in the Marais - the Jewish quarter and my favorite district - for crepes. This was followed by a trek over to Kong, the restaurant where Carrie in Sex in the City met artist boyfriend's ex-wife. In the words of this ex-wife: "it used to be good." With luke warm hot cocoa, there was nothing special about this place, except its excellent view of the city. Amanda and I checked out the inside of Notre Dame, which is beautiful, and then picked up some bread to go with our homemade ratatouille (sensing a pattern). We watch Paris, Je t'Aime en Francais, and it is so good.
Tuesday - I'm on my own, besides meeting Amanda and Katie for lunch. So I go check out Montmarte and Sacre Coeur! So wonderful. I am doing tons of walking, seeing the city, and falling in love with the amazing architecture. I'm too cheap to buy metro tickets, so I really do walk EVERYWHERE. I make it back with a loaf of fresh bread and we make lentil-roasted-veggie salad and chocolate crepes.
Wednesday - Aujourd'hui est la fete de l'assomption. Meaning, nothing is opened. This is an excellent opportunity to go to Angelina's for the best hot chocolate, and then head over to the Louvre. I came, I saw the Mona Lisa, and I went to more interesting exhibits. After a falafel lunch in the Marais (remember, my favorite), I did some walking, and then went to the modern art museum, Pompidou. I also get terribly lost in a bad neighborhood on the way back, and the metro breaking down didn't help.
Thursday - Mon dernier jour! I trek out to La Duree for pain perdu, but I can't see what all the hype is about this french toast. I'd rather pastry-ify myself. Did I mention that all our lunches included a good serving of pastry? I roam around the Tulleries garden and le Musee d'Art Decoratif. I meet Amanda after checking out D'Orsay and we have a lovely lunch on the lawn. Then, a cultural museum on Quai Branley. We end our day with dinner at a vegetarian restaurant, which was fantabulous!
Well, that was my summer. Oh, sure, I lazed around my house and saw my JDS friends. But there was not this excitement of the past seven weeks. Wow, I had a cool summer!
-Over and Out.