Sunday, December 23, 2007

Day 2 in Paris

The last two days have been beautiful here...sunny with fairly cold temps. Luckily, we came prepared with plenty of winter clothes. Proof positive here in Paris at the Hotel de Ville that even if you don't have snow, there's plenty of snow sports to participate in. These kids were having a great time on this sledding "hill".

Today was a very late start. Neither of us slept well (thanks to that mid-afternoon nap yesterday) so it was late morning. We didn't even get out of bed until 9:00 a.m. then we had some organizing to do since yesterday we were in no condition to organize anything. Our shower drain was clogged and we almost had a water emergency....I am so thankful Dick is such a handyman. By the time we actually left our apartment it was 11:30 a.m. We have the Paris City Walk cards and they are fun to use. Pick an area of town, pull a couple of cards with explanations and maps and you are on your way. We spent most of the day in the Marais which is filled with fun shops and restaurants. We decided, while walking, that we have been here so often that we don't take as many pictures as we used I apologize for the lack of photos here on the blog. Here's a recap of today.

Here we are at the Hotel de Sens, the oldest medieval mansion in the city. It's supposed to have a cannonball lodged in the wall of the front but we couldn't locate it so we think it's just a joke on kidding, we spent 15 minutes searching the front wall for the cannonball...oh well...c'est la vie.
More walking thru the Marais where I found this job posted. I thought the name of the store was appropriate for those of us who want to live in Paris!!! Only problem is that I am definitely NOT bilingual. And from the looks I'm getting from Parisians, I don't think I know the 10 words I thought I knew!!!

Here's our friends, Bibendum from Paris and Gianni from Florence, enjoying a very large glass of Medoc vin rouge at the Cafe Mabillon on the Blvd. St. Germain. Of course, Dick and I joined them in that glass of wine.

The Cafe Mabillon was a very interesting people watching experience. Here's a few observations: it's obviously a popular place as several luxury vehicles drove up with security/drivers. That said, the toilettes left something to be desired! While sitting outside a group of rollerbladers came by....complete with "staff" and police escort. Possibly some charity event???

So I leave you with a dusk shot of Notre Dame. Isn't she beautiful? We could have stayed in an apartment anywhere in the city but we really enjoy being near enough to hear the bells both morning and evening. Au revoir and bonne nuit.


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