I left Seattle Sunday afternoon and arrived in Paris early Monday morning! The airplanes now have TVs on the back of the seat in front of you, and an array of movies and shows to choose from. Very fancy. We were also fed a lot, so that was nice, and you can have as much wine as you want. Yay air france! Zoe picked me up from the airport and we took the metro back to her apartment, which she shares with a german couple. We walked around the city and latin district most of this day, took a little boat across the canal to get an aperitif, and then headed back to the apt for dinner. Zoe made ratatouille, but I was very sleepy from jet lag and the day is kind of a blur. The next morning we waited for Merli and Louise to arrive. They flew in from Boston together, but didn't know I was also coming! Zoe and I really surprised them! They were exhausted from travel, but we saw Notre Dame and the Eiffel tower.
|La Tour Eiffel|
|Ham and cheese crepe|
|Notre Dame--so 'dame' beautiful|
|Zoe, Dame, Seine|
|French Macarons--why didn't I eat more of these?|
|Window shoppers gase at the delicious treats!|
|Fromage at the Market|
|Olives at the market|
|Louise and Zoe and umbrellas|
|I think this bridge is famous?|
|In the Louvre gardens|
|La Cure Gourmande|
Friday Merli was feeling better, so we all went to Montmartre, which is a little mountain in the city that used to be the pastoral picnic location for Parisians and a popular Impressionist hang out. It is still the artist district to this day! On the summit is the Sacre Coeur, a huge and beautiful church, but fairly new for Paris. Building started in 1875, but wasn't completed until 1914. Leading up to the church is a huge set of steps and a popular place for tourists to sit and look out over the city while musicians serenade them for donations. There was a service going on when we visited, so I was not able to take pictures of the inside, but it was really lovely to walk around in while the nuns sang and (as one of my friends reported) texted.
|Scenes from Montmartre--note Eiffel tower|
|Louise and Mer take pictures|
|Carousels are everywhere|
|Me and the Moulin Rouge|
There are lots of windmills in this area, or things named for them, which I am guessing is due to the area's pastoral history. Another windmill site was Cafe de Deux Moulins, the workplace of the main character in my favorite movie, Amelie. It was adorable, although somewhat re-arranged from the movie. We had coffees and lemonade there, and creme brulee, in Amelie's honor we cracked it with our spoons! SO good.
|Ready to eat...|
Carpe Diem Cafe
|Louise and Mer peak through the window, while|
Zoe converses by candle light
|Parc de Buttes Chaumont|
|Cafe in the park|
Also in the park was a really fun Cafe with cool glass lights. We got some coffee there and Zoe joked that she was getting married here and we all agreed it would be the perfect venue for a summer wedding. The disco ball was already installed and you couldn't beat the view over the park. We then walked around and saw some churches and I made stuffed peppers for dinner back at the apartment. They turned out pretty amazing if I do say so myself.
|Zoe and Mer exit a church|
|Shopping for Stuffed pepper ingredients in the street!|
|The 'Pant' and the Pendulum|
|Saint Etienne du Mont|
|Shrine and tomb of Saint Genevieve|
|Walking through the latin quarter to get some fondu!|
|Another Cure Gourmande!|
|The artist market|
|Louise and Merli buy ART|
|Chez Denise interior|
Well, that was my trip. The next day I got up and went to the airport. I grabbed some pastries on the way of course and went straight from the airport to rehearsal, and then to work. Back to reality!