Okay, so, it’s been a few days since our last post, and you really haven’t missed much. We’ve been indulging in the wonderful food here in Paris, and why wouldn’t we? The French cuisine has been Heritage listed with UNESCO, so it’s pretty special.
We have also been doing a lot of walking, and some shopping.
We have found a boulangerie that we’ve decided to adopt as our own, because it is about a five minute walk from our apartment, and they are award-winners for their baguettes.
We are all settling in nicely here and becoming familiar with our neighbourhood. The sounds are becoming white noise, there is a lot of construction work happening just at the end of our ‘rue’; and there are sirens squealing through the streets at all hours. Due to recent events that have occurred in Paris, there is also increased security at the entrances to train stations, and shops. There is also an increased military presence here, which is reassuring. There have been soldiers patrolling the major tourist sites on our previous visits here, but there are definitely more soldiers visible now than before.
I will include some pics of last nights’ dinner of delicious crêpes, and todays afternoon tea, try not to drool too much!
It’s Saturday evening, we have eaten dinner and are watching a movie – ‘Julie and Julia’, kind of appropriate, and certainly giving me some ideas of places to visit while we’re here.
So, what have we been up to? Well, our baguette consumption count has increased to an average of two per day! Yesterday, we went for a long walk, and then rode the Metro to Gare de l’Est, where there was a small Alsatian Christmas Market.
On our way home, we decided to eat at a little bistro that is just at the end of our street. I had my first, of which I hope will be many, Kir vin blanc since arriving here, which went very well with my boeuf bourguignon. E ordered, and ate, a dozen escargot! K had pasta (bien sûr!), and A insisted she was not hungry, but devoured half of the bread basket!
Today, we searched, and finally found, a new shower head, as the one in the apartment was ridiculous! I didn’t want to bother the owner about it, so I took it upon myself to replace it…and I am so glad I did, my shower this evening was heavenly!
Just a few minutes ago, I stuck my head out the window and watched the sparkling lights on the Eiffel Tower. Not a bad day in all.
Well, today began very early, as A, it seems, is jet-lagged, and she woke up at 3:45am asking for breakfast! Several hours later, we went to run some errands, we had to get a SIM card for my phone so that it will work here, and then we bought a few more groceries. Later in the morning, we headed to Galeries Lafayette, which is a huge department store here in Paris, and every year, they decorate a huge Christmas tree, this years’ theme is Intergalactic, so it is very space-oriented. There is also a dedicated Disney area on the 4th floor, and of course, we had to check that out! After we had finished window-shopping, we caught the Metro to the Tuileries Gardens, so A and E could burn off some energy.the weather started to turn cold, so we headed back to our apartment.
I cooked dinner, and both A and E are sound asleep…it’s 6:40pm!
We have arrived! Our flight was long, and we were so happy to arrive! Our apartment is small but lovely, and we have a view of the Eiffel Tower from our living room window…yay!
Our first morning began early, but not too early. We woke at 6:45, and had something small to eat and cuppas!
We went out at about 9:30, all rugged up in jackets, scarves and beanies, and went to buy some groceries. After, we visited some pet stores that I had told the kids about from my last visit, and we all fell in love with the puppies and bunnies and kittens…there were also some less-than-cuddly pets for sale, like pythons, turtles and lizards! There were some unusual animals, that we don’t have in Australia, like gerbils and hamsters, and there were even some chipmunks!
We are now having a bit of a rest and some lunch, we may go out later for another walk, but it is raining at the moment…A says ‘Hello Prep F!’
I didn’t think I would be adding a new post to our blog yet, as we are still three weeks out from our departure date, however, with the events that have unfolded in France over the past few days, I thought it would be appropriate.
Friends and family have asked me, “How are you feeling about your trip now?” And I reply, “A little apprehensive, but we are still going.”
Because isn’t that the whole point of what these people are doing? Some group of radicals, trying to make me fear the city that I love, that I feel at home in, that my kids love. We have been looking forward to this trip for quite some months, planning the restaurants we will revisit, and the museums we will return to, the parks we will play in, the new adventures we will have; and we cannot allow the actions of a few extremists to control our movements in the world. If this had happened here, in our own country, would I run away? No. And so, our journey will continue, and although the Paris we arrive in this time will be changed, we will still feel the warmth of the people and the beauty of this city. Of course, we are always vigilant when we travel, especially with the children, and we will be just as vigilant, maybe a little more so, this time. We hope that you will follow along on our journey with us, and fall in love with the city that we adore.
In the words of the beautiful Audrey Hepburn, “Paris is always a good idea.”
Our next adventure will begin in about 8 weeks, on December 7th. We are headed to Europe for six weeks, and we are very excited to return to our favourite city – Paris!
Our itinerary will also include a few days in London, and several side-trips to other French towns and cities. Not to mention all the carousels, parks, playgrounds, museums, cafes and boulangeries we will be spending copious amounts of time in!
We are hoping to entertain, and inform, our family and friends of our adventures and misadventures!
Keep an eye out for our next post!
Until then, I will be frantically trying to outfit the family for a cold Northern winter, as all the Summer fashions hit the stores here!