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Day 5, Paris

semi-overcast 26 °C

We slept for a good long time last night (almost 12 hours), we really needed it. We had a late breakfast. Our host Eric makes us an excellent breakfast everyday. We have a routine. First he asks if we want coffee, we always say yes, then we break into the piping hot croissants. We'll eat a few bites and then sample the juice of the day, usually orange and another. Today's was pear, yesterdays grapefruit and another's was mango. It's not really fair to call them juice. They are more like a nectar. They are thick and not very sweet and they actually taste like the fruit themselves. After croissants we spoon our yogurt into a bowl and add some granola and fresh fruit. Eric gets us a refill on the coffee and finally we slice some freshly baked bread (today it was a baugette) and toast it (but not today). When the bread is warm we slather is with really good european butter, one side salted one not, and finally some preserves, strawberry, raspberry or our favourite the unsweetened orange marmalade. Now that is an amazing breakfast. We are really going to miss it.

Notre Dame was our mission today. Of course, as with all the landmarks here in Paris, it was insanely busy. We walked across the bridge to a recommended cafe called Berthillion for ice cream. Salted caramel for me and grapefruit and passionfruit for Shane. They were so good! We ate them along our own(very temporarily) little piece of the Siene. After ice cream we wandered a little, poking in the shops looking for a french banana for Butter (there are NONE to be found) and exploring the side streets on the island. When we came back at 1pm, the line to see the bell tower in Notre Dame was slightly shorter so we waited, and waited, thankfully in the shade as it was very hot today. At 2:45 we finally got inside, the views were beautiful, you could see everything, everywhere.
When we came back down we waited in line to see the inside of Notre Dame. It was gorgeous, my photographs didn't turn out because it was to dark (and I, unlike every other person there, actually read the signs that say "NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY"). Shane and I were both perturbed by the blatant disregard for the rules most visitors exhibited. They walked where it said not to, took pictures when they shouldn't of and the whole "silent" church was a buzz with constant chatter. Even with all the people (there must have been a few thousand) the church was breath-taking, but it really felt tragic how commercialized everything was.
We wandered over to the Latin Quarter as our blood sugars were getting low (a time where we try to tread lightly around each other.) We tried a delicious quiche lorraine made of the most perfectly cooked egg, the lightest, flakiest pastry, and a smack of ham and bacon. With our metabolisms in check for the time being, we kept on walking until we unintentionally reached Rue Mouffetard. This is a very cute street loaded with eateries. We grabbed a crepe with butter and sugar, and later an espresso each, which was the best deal in the city, especially considering the location, at 2 euros a piece.
We walked as a thunderstorm rolled around us, and walked some more until we noticed how close we were to the Champs-Elysees. We crossed over the bridge and found ourselves in the most commercialized and pretentious area the city so far. I snapped a few pictures and we left. Now here we are, our last night at our B&B. We're quite sad to be leaving. Although the location is not ideal, it is very central and our room is quite comfortable. If anyone comes to Paris I recommend staying here with Eric. Bonsoir. We'll see you tomorrow in Pontorson!

Posted by s-a 12:41 Archived in France Tagged paris

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hey guys im not complaining but a little scrible to explain the picture would be nice i think. make the picture more meaningfull for us. thanks

by Herman Wilbrink

Sounds like you had a wonderful time today. So glad that you enjoyed your stat at the B&B. Eric sounds like a teriffic host. You are certainly eating well. Dad is glad for that. Hugs, miss you both already.

by helga61

Happy Easter!

by helga61

Je m'amuse bien de vos photos et commentaires depuis le depart. Vous prenez des photos beaux, grands, intimes a la fois. Et les phrases qui les accompagnent me montrent que les delices de Paris ne sont pas perdus, mais vous devient bien. Joyeuses Paques!

by Braden

Wow, it looks like you guys had a great time in Paris! The pictures are certainly beautiful. I can't wait to read about where you are going next :)

by Erin

Happy Easter mom! hope you and dad are eating a good dinner.

Braden - thanks so much for the compliment! I had to get my husband to translate, but it come across very well!

Erin - Paris was very nice, from our experience I can assure you, you will love it when you visit one day.

by s-a

BonnePasques! We envy you the experience of being in Paris at Easter! The daily commentary on your travels is enjoyable and we follow along vicariously.
I have been in Paris, and the city you are seeing is the same as the one I saw. I loved Montmartre and the Scare Couer, it beats Notre Dame for beauty, but not magnificence. Also the denizens of Montmartre were friendly, unlike the Parisiens in other areas who greeted us with an elbow and "Merde". Your B&B sounds great-we want to stay there when we go.

by Grandma and/or Grandpa Geerts

Thank grandma and grandpa, we had a very good experience both with our B&B and with Sacre Couer (we went twice.) I didn't know you had been to Paris before, we loved the city

by s-a

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