Paris: The quarterly chronicles, part one
Once you find yourself committed to work, I've found it challenging to take time off to travel. Ben and I decided at this juncture, since we were uprooting to relocate to Brooklyn, to also tack on a month long trip to Paris! This is our second time in Paris. The first time was last fall for nine days. That was a great trip, but by the time my jet lag wore off we were back on the plane to the US. So this time I am relishing, revisiting, and recounting Paris in the springtime!
We took a direct flight from JFK to CDR with Delta. It was a really great flight! Good food, lots of water, and we watched two and half movies! Bit of advice number one we learned the hard way on our first trip: you have to purchase a separate ticket for the train to get out of the airport. The regular metro tickets don't work there! So our exit this time was much more swift. We were able to drop our luggage off at the airbnb but it was still being prepared so on hour 22 of no sleep we stumbled down to Rue de Montorgueil street. The market was a bit overwhelming at this stage so we popped down the way to Frenchie To Go, the restaurant we went to first on our last trip, and gobbled down eggs florentine. I think it's safe to call a visit to Frenchie's a tradition now. By this point I was pretty brain dead and fortunately it was time to check in.
Armed with "parlez vous anglais", we've been able to get around and speak to everyone and order in restaurants fairly easily! Everyone is quite pleasant. Some places have menus in English which is a great help.
Bring 'em! The Monoprix will charge you ~9 cents for a bag. Besides, it's much friendlier to the planet anyhow. I've found myself always carrying something home and my travel totes have proven very handy here!
There is a larger market by us called Monoprix, which has been a convenient shopping ground for facewash and other stuff we didn't want to pack (canned tuna! toothpaste! ziplocks!) but you can find better priced items and more selections of food at specialty shops. We already have a favorite fromagerie and boulangerie!
It's great fun to sit and people watch at the cafes, but for tasty coffee my favorite neighborhood place so far is Matamata.
The weather here has run the gamut! The morning time is around 40's and 50s and the daytime around 60's. Sometimes rain, sun or clouds! I've felt prepared with an umbrella, scarf and layers consisting of a shirt, sweater and jacket. Good sneakers to walk in of course!
We've had many adventures so far this week and I am finally adjusting to the time change. The first week definitely felt like an acclamation week - which grocery store to visit? Who has the best prices for fruit? where should we get our daily baguette tradition? I think next week will be even more adventurous! Here's this week's highlights.
Until next week, bonsoir!