Dans la Nuit

Hello again ladies and gents!

Vivienne's Plane Meal
Vivienne's Plane Meal

This morning we woke up and went through our morning baby-breakfast routine and got ready for the day.  There is usually a small smiling face waking me up with some violently waving arms and legs.  After a little bit of preparation a delicious pot of mushy carrots or some sort of rice mix cereal comes flying towards the little hopper – which she’s not too quick to accept.  Vivienne has discovered how delicious “breakfast” cookies can be  especially with the addition of some youtube’d Elmo.  We have re-lived the yup-yup aliens of Sesame Street, danced with Feist in Yo Gabba Gabba, and unfortunately ended Lamb Chop’s “Song That Never Ends”.  So far my favorites have been clips from Disney’s Fanstasia.

Once we pulled the stroller down the stairs and strapped the little gal in, we headed over near the Pompidou (which has just recently opened back up) and did a little shopping.  I found these adorable leggings that were 30 euro at the BHV (similar to a Target or some well-known department store).  I thankfully bought my leggings for considerably cheaper.

Near Saint Eusteche
Near Saint Eusteche

We eventually made our way to this nice little brasserie.  I, of course, ordered steak with mushrooms and a delicious cheesy-potato mash combo (with Bearnaise sauce on the side – let’s not skimp on the tastiness).  This meal of course brought on the “meat-sleeps” and after a short nap, my brother and I headed off to the Louvre.

The Louvre!
The Louvre!

On Wednesday nights their hours are later (9:30pm), and we were able to cover most of the sections we were interested in.  We went through most of the Middle Ages, stopped by the Etruscans, sauntered through Napoleon’s apartment, and headed down to the Louvre’s original foundation.  Unfortunately I can’t find the cable for my camera otherwise I would be showing you all some very nice pictures… Instead I’ll show you some others from previous days.

Louvre Ceiling
Louvre Ceiling

It will probably sound ridiculous when I write this, but in Napoleon’s apartment I felt like most of my favorite pieces were sort of a challenge. I thought to myself  “I would like this in my home, but not that gawdy chandelier over there. I’ll bet I could make this ____.”  Of course, this is ridiculous – the man who created this ____ had years of practice and experience as well as having a country’s worth of resources to make this one silly little ____ (teapot, desk, lamp, you name it).   Like most art projects and grandiose plans, I make for myself I began thinking “ok. I could start by finding someone with a kiln or a metalworking shop and then just a few weeks of planning and gathering materials and easy peezy: here we have one perfectly rendered ____ (amazingly intricate silver water bowl covered in pearls and shells)…”

Louvre Dude
Louvre Dude

What’s the point in this story?  I ask myself…  It makes me happy that great pieces of work like these are treasured, saved and shared.  It makes me very happy to know that these pieces are available to the public and inspire people – even if they probably won’t hop right into a marble carving project. Oh lovely art.  How I love you so.

When we had finally exhausted our urge for art we hopped the metro and got off near Montmarte. We found another little brasserie right below Sacre Coeur. There I ordered a Croque Monsieur and a Pelforth Brune. It was pretty tastey; however, our service was awful. There was a soccer game on and a band playing downstairs so our server was completely distracted. Finally by about 11ish at night we reached Sacre Coeur and MAN is it BEAUTIFUL! I don’t mean just the building itself but the location. We were standing on the edge of this wonderful hill where you can see Paris’s entire skyline. We could see Notre Dame and our neighborhoodFrance! far off in the distance as well as the Eiffel Tower all lit up for the evening. It’s one of those views you just have to see atleast once during your lifetime. I am not even going to try to find a picture that will prove to you how nice this place is.

Now I have finally made it back home (home for now) and I am writing to you loverly friends and readers.  This was a very enjoyable day!

Vive La France!

The Post-iest with the Most-iest

Me and Amy
Me and Amy

Hello All!

Which of course is mostly just me thus far.  Here is my first deliciously bloggy post –

are you ready?

So I am here in Paris in the third quarter drinking some mint tea and obviously computing away. I have been living in this somewhat uncomfortably small but beautifully decorated little flat with my brother, sister-in-law, and relatively new little niece. The space is an issue, but the location is perfect! We’re close to pretty much everything!  It really is awesome here – despite the space constraints or the missing appliances…  So far we have hit Notre Dame, the Concorde,  the Grand Palais, the BHV (lol), the Eiffel Tower, and the Sorbonne. It is pretty amazing! I have been able to eat, see and do so many things since arriving. Neil and Amy have been so gracious in bringing me with on their trip.

The Illustrius Tower
The Illustrious Tower

My favorite meal thus far was a steak with bearnaise sauce I had near the Sorbonne at this great Brasserie Balzar. Amy, Vivienne, and I stopped at this little place around the corner from the Sorbonne before a free performance. The music was Baroque (or to the untrained ear “broke” har har har) and I know my dad would have loved it. That delicious steak was accompanied by another of my favorites – perfectly buttered pomme puree (mashed potatoes – which surprisingly enough our new little mouth, Viv, detests).

One of my best photos (in my opinion) so far was on the back end of Notre Dame on my solo expedition.

Notre Dame's Fine Behind!
Notre Dame's Fine Behind!

Some of my best shopping experiences so far include a great find at a thrift store called “Free P*** Star” – yes, you fill in the gaps. I’m pretty sure it means what I think it means – and no they don’t sell clothes related specifically to that profession. The other great finds were discovered while perusing France’s largest flea market. Awesome goods! I have so many knickknacks and brick a brack that I think I am set for life – or at least one apartment’s worth of decorating. I will post later, but I discovered these great old prints/postcards of Sacre Couer and Montematre taken in somewhere around 1915. I also walked away with this great older lovers postcard with a full love letter written on the back, a little muchoir (kerchief) that is tres jolie! and some great kitsch. The shopping here is right up my alley – but that really isn’t too hard to accomplish!

In any case, since coming here I have been keeping a written journal – as a reminder to myself all of the details of the trip and possibly for aiding future family members in planning their trips. I will have to type up those entries as well since they are all part of the Parisian goodness I have been lucky enough to experience.

So for now just to serve as a brief introduction to my blog and to catch up on events thus far, here are a few random and favorite pictures from our trip.

Thanks all and merry travels – if not that then at least holidays and future journeys!

Another of my Favorites!
Another of my Favorites!