Paris in the Fall (part 2)
Company arrived on Day Three!
Quick tour of the AirBnb Mom and Dad chose.
And now to combat their jet lag... we started walking! Lots of exploring to do.
And went down into the Latin Quarter for a crepe breakfast! This place had the most delicious vanilla caramel tea.
We took a walk into the Jardins de Luxembourg, found Rose's former neighborhood, and explored a tiny market in front of the église St. Sulpice.
Mom and Dad relearned the subway in favor of heading up to the Galleries Lafayette.
We found dinner in the 7th arrondissement.
And to polish off the night, we hopped on a boat and rode up and down the Seine just for fun!
The city looks so lovely at night, and everything is lit up (not just the Eiffel Tower).
Breakfast was around the corner at the Cafe St. Regis on Ile St. Louis.
And then we walked over to the Musée de l'Orangerie, which is my favorite. Upstairs on the ground level they host Monet's Water Lilies.
Downstairs was a wider variety of artists and art to peruse. Can you tell we liked the peaches?
From there we walked back towards the Marais, and it started raining (sorry Mom, I told you we wouldn't need the umbrellas and I was wrong all week).
New phone background.
We bought a dinky umbrella from a street vendor, and he was kind enough to give us a second for free because it was super broken. I took the broken one.
The parents and I split up in the afternoon, I went to see the Garde Republican perform some formations speciales at the invitation of a friend. He'll have to forgive me for posting the photo, but I think he looks very cool and official in his uniform. On the other hand, the amount of my friends who have since thought he was just a random guard I asked for a photo is very funny. I do indeed know him.
(Ft. my broken umbrella).
The activities themselves were very impressive, and he showed me all the horses too.
The rest of the day was undocumented. He and I got a drink, and then I went off into the night for dinner with friends.
'Fit of the day.
Spied a movie set filming outside the AirBnb, on the other side of the river. They set up camp and stayed for a couple days.
Quick stop for breakfast/lunch near Place des Vosges.
The main purpose of our spontaneous trip to Paris was to visit the brand new restaurant of our family friends! Our dinner reservations were for the final day of our trip, but we couldn't resist stopping by a day early.
We hopped on the metro to avoid the steady drizzle above ground and Mom and I nearly bruised a rib trying not to laugh at the American businessman on the phone behind us complaining in the most monotonous droning voice about who-knows-what, "it's too crowded... it's so hot on this train..."
Chez Dylan Restaurant
18 Rue d'Abbeville, 75009 Paris, France
Surprise! We stopped by during the midday closing hours while they were turning over for the evening. The perfect chance to catch up! Andrea, in perfect Andrea-style made sure we didn't go hungry.
When we finally left them to finish opening for the evening, we took ourselves back down to the Marais. It had just stopped raining, but the streets were still shiny.
Dad picked an evening piano concert inside a nearby church.
Dinner was some classic french onion soup from an alpine restaurant just around the corner.