I was very excited to have my saturday off, even though I knew I’d have a lot of work to do on sunday with the American Academy of Neurology meeting coming up (and my 2 poster presentations to prepare). I still had a driving class scheduled early afternoon (which is kinda stressful with the test coming up) but I decided to take the afternoon off to relax and walk! Last summer, I woud run about 1 hour 3 times a week around the Eiffel Tower and Trocadero. I would leave home right when the sun would rise… When I’d make it to the top of the Trocadero (which faces the Eiffel Tower from accross the Seine), there wouldn’t be any tourists. Just me, a few runners, the rising sun and the inspiring beauty of the city. For some reason, I assumed I would get that same feeling of peace if I went in the middle of the day, and even worse a saturday. I was so disappointed when I got there. So many people…. too many! It was overwhelming. I sure had a good time watching tourists take the craziest photos of the Eiffel Tower… But it was not the same.
Seems that people don’t get tired of the Eiffel Tower, they even have to sell it in evey size and color imaginable….
I know I am lucky to be living in such a cool city. And I really don’t mean to complain so much, but really it was weird…. So please, if you ever come to visit Paris, remember me, suck it up, wake up early and go see the Eiffel Tower at sun rise. you won’t regret it!
After my quick visit to the Trocadero, I walk around a bit. Passed the statue of Ben Franklin:
Came accross a really cute flower store:
Some delicious looking cakes:
A quiet, unexpected church behind Rue de Passy:
These were the true highlights of my day.
The husband met me later and we finished our walk together. We came across this place:
I had planned to make a chicken curry for dinner but when the Husband suggested we have Cheese, Bread and Wine instead, I couldn’t resist.
Our living room lamp died last night so we enjoyed our dinner “aux chandelles” (by candle light). While the photos didn’t turn out, it was very romantic….
We had 3 types of cheeses (goat, cow and sheep). The sheep soft one was my favorite. We also had 5 types of bread: fig, walnut, dried apricot and hazelnuts (called the squirel bread), classic baguette and Pain rustique (dark wheat loaf). I enjoyed a couple glasses of a good Bordeaux red wine. It was perfect!