Watched the simpsons in French this morning. It was kinda funny until Marge started talking, and I lost all respect for the show. No Eric, I didn't lose respect immediately when I heard them speaking French.
Another good day, perfect weather, a little chilly in the shadows but perfect in the sunshine.
This morning we went and bought the usual 1,5 liter bottle of water and I drank mine in about an hour so I had to pee all day, great didn't learn that yesterday and I'll probably do the same thing again tomorrow morning.
After seeing the same guy four times at the little grocery shop, I think he's taken a liking to us because instead of glaring at us thinking we're going to steal something he smiles and makes jokes.. in french... that I don't even understand, but he laughs and we laugh and then go on with our day.
Next door is that cute pastry shop and assuming what I was going to eat was a mushroom and tomato quiche, I learned about halfway through that I was eating olive and tuna with tomato. I think my brain went a little crazy and I managed to only eat 3/4 before my brain told my stomach to stop eating it. Good thing I bought a typical french baguette to fill up my tummy for the morning.
Walked to the Arc de Triomphe and passed up all the lines (Thank You Paris Museum Pass) and found out that going to the top of the Arch meant that you have to walk up 234 steps up a spiral staircase. Top of the Arch was beautiful, considering all the roads of Paris seem to lead to it. Down one road: Louvre, another: Eiffel Tower, another: business Paris, another: Sacre Coeur. Gorgeous and with the warm day the breeze was perfect.
Took some adorable pictures, obviously (I think I took my 600th picture today, which means approx 200/day so far).
Went to Notre Dame, gorgeous as always and Kristiana and I made a donation and lit a candle in reverance. The lines were ridiculous to go up to the bell tower so we're gonna try that again Monday morning since our museum pass couldn't get us passed the line (but it will get us in free).
Next we went to the Notre Dame crypts which is basically the archeological dig site from the first buildings of Paris from 300BC, pretty boring, but it was free and it was kinda cool to see more a background of the Parisiis who claimed the city and the sites been untouched and the museum's built to protect and keep the buildings exactly where they found them.
Conciergerie: not as cool as Tower of London, but it's considered the worst prison in France because of it's horrible living conditions. It housed the "traitors" of the French government during the revolution along with Marie Antoinette, whose holding cell we saw where she stayed 76 days before she was executed. It wasn't much of a "prison cell" but more of a small apartment (like mine at home :( ) where she can't play around like she did before. Unfortunate.
Next, St. Chappelle. Oops. Closed. We'll try again Monday.
Walked down to the Louvre and sat at a nice fountain outside of the palace people watching. Walked through Napolean III's apartment which is overly extravagant. Kristiana and I decided this was the type of apartment we needed to invest in for our new place. I think it could be done, when we rule the Western side of Europe.
Had a delicious Croque Madame at a cafe down the street from our apartment. I've never had one so good: Large foot long slice of bread I don't know the name of toasted with butter, ham laid on top, topped with gruyere (by topped I mean smothered) then broiled and an egg the fries from the heat of the cheese. Avec les frites. Uhm. totally. and completely. delicious. I've never had a Croque Madame as anything but a sandwich, so the one slice of bread and egg on top was pretty cool. Served on a cutting board. Very cool Paris, very cool.
Came back to the apartment to talk with my sweetie Eric and to take a hot bath after a long day of walking. I should've brought my pedometer from my Rice Krispies cereal box because I'm pretty sure between walking to the metro/Arch/Eiffel Tower/Louvre/Notre Dame/back to metro back to apartment we've walked about 3 -4 miles a day. I better have killer calves before the end of the trip.
Thanks for reading,
Love you and miss you Eric.
(Still watching french music videos late at night. Bad habit.)