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A weekend in Paris

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Last weekend, Grace, Changy, and I went to Paris! Grace and I caught a Friday evening Eurostar out of London, so by the time we got to Paris, it was really late dinner time. Then we went back to the apartment to rest up for an exciting weekend… and promptly locked the dead bolt. Not in the closed position.

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So… we spent the night with the door ajar. But we set up a foolproof security system.

There. We fixed it.

There. We fixed it.

Despite this alarming start to the trip, the owner of the apartment was actually really great and came to fix it first thing in the morning. And the apartment was actually pretty nice.

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With the door again securely locked, we set off to explore Paris. First stop: coffee.

Don't mind the look on Grace's face. The coffee was amazing.

Don’t mind the look on Grace’s face. The coffee was amazing. Seriously.

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Then we meandered our way over a bridge…

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…to Notre Dame, where we did the touristy thing.

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…No, not wait in line. Who do you think we are? We just took the requisite pictures and continued on to lunch. Where we had a glorious three-course lunch. It was difficult to move (and stay awake) afterwards.

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I possibly took too many pictures of the restaurant...

I possibly took too many pictures of the restaurant…

...but it was so pretty!!

…but it was so pretty!!

zucchini soup

zucchini soup

braised beef cheek

braised beef cheek

blue cheese and plum (prune?)

blue cheese and plum (prune?)

mandarin orange panna cotta

mandarin orange panna cotta

We stumbled our way back to the Notre Dame island and caught a Seine river cruise to see everything the lazy way

can't have a Paris post without the Eiffel!

can’t have a Paris post without the Eiffel!

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I want to live here.

I want to live here.

And I really like these locks that we saw on our way back

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Changy went back to the apartment to rest while Grace and I went shopping for goodies! Like pastries and cheese and caramels. Jacques Genin’s caramels blow my mind.

these praline breads are so tasty...

these praline breads are so tasty…

I miss these already, and I still have a few left.

I miss these already, and I still have a few left.

His store was beautiful too.

His store was beautiful too.

Okay, and the chocolates too.

Okay, and the chocolates too.

(If you happened to see Changy in that photo… it’s true, we went back on Sunday.)

For dinner, we went to Au Passage for small plates. Highlights include: a singing Australian chef, an attempt (and fail) at eating sea urchin, and leeks.

I guess we’re all old now, because we just went back to the apartment afterward and went to sleep, with the intention of waking up early to go to Versailles.

Key word: intention. Since we actually woke up way too late to go to Versailles, we had a baguette and cheese breakfast.

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(not pictured) More cheese.

 

And then just went to the Louvre instead.

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we liked this courtyard :)

we liked this courtyard πŸ™‚

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first AC photo in three years!

first AC photo in three years!

i like the reflection on the pyramid

i like the reflection on the pyramid

Then we hopped down to check out the Tuileries Garden, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe.

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A nice lady took this for us. I like that she thought we were more important than the Arc.

A nice lady took this for us. I like that she thought we were more important than the Arc.

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Then we rushed over to Rue du Montorgueil, which David Lebovitz had highly recommended. Unfortunately, 4:30 on a Sunday does not appear to be a good time to visit a market. Most everything was closed 😦 So we had a truly terrible cup of coffee and then walked back toward the apartment, possibly stopping by Jacques Genin again on our way…

For dinner, we went to Breizh Cafe, a creperie! The crepes were delicious and they specialize in cider, so naturally, we split a bottle.

yummy cider! in little bowl cups

yummy cider! in little bowl cups

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salted caramel, pear, and chantilly cream dessert crepe. mmm!

salted caramel, pear, and chantilly cream dessert crepe. mmm!

The next morning, I caught a train back to London then Cambridge for class in the afternoon, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet… it was cold last weekend. And constantly flurrying, like we were in the snowglobe version of Paris:

cold but happy!

cold but happy!

night version

night version

So that’s it for my first vacation this year! Can’t wait for more to come! πŸ™‚

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