Bonjour my friends! It’s been quite some time since I last wrote. In the past two weeks quite a bit has happened. I am no longer a librarian at Holland America Line. However I have accepted an English teaching position in Hong Kong and will be moving there on August 23rd! I will go more into detail on that later. For now, it’s about enjoying Paris!
We arrived yesterday and I am so glad to be back in this magical city. I almost forgot how charming it is, always, even in the rain. As someone once said… Paris is always a good idea.
We arrived at our little apartment located beside the Pantheon on a quiet street away from all of the tourists and quickly settled in. Before long we were off to our first Parisian meal. A friend, knowing how much I appreciate foie gras, recommended that we go to Comptoir De La Gastronmie. We walked over the bridge, across the Seine and took in the sights on the way.
Following Hemingway’s footsteps
I am currently reading Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” which is a compilation of stories written by Hemingway about his life living in Paris in the ’20s. We are staying in in the 5th arrondissement, very near to where he once lived. Today we took in the sights of the 5th. I started with a run through Luxembourg gardens where Hemingway often wandered (to and from Gertrud Stein’s studio), found his apartment and visited the Shakespeare & Company bookstore where he and other aspiring writers used to hang. Needless to say, it made me very happy. I felt inspired. We did enjoy some ice cream, shops, buzzing cafes in the Latin quarter and an ancient Roman amphitheater along the way. We attempted to visit the Curie museum (Marie Curie was the scientist who conducted major research on radioactivity and received a Noble Prize for her pioneering research) but found it closed for the month of August.
Today I discovered a whole new Paris. It wasn’t touristy (in peak season, BTW) with so much history under my nose I could hardly believe I was there. If spending some time in Paris, dedicate a day (or a half) to the 5th, I promise it’ll be worth your while. We decided to make itineraries by arrondissement so that we can cover more ground of an area and see it all. Tomorrow we will visit the “high-line” and go to a cat cafe in the 11th. Meow!
“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea.