Bonjour from Paris!

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.

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Mom and I at Comptoir De La Gastronomie. A must go for foie gras lovers. All of the menu consists of French specialties from cassoulet to tartare. 
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Such a charming little place down a street away from the tourists, known their classic foie gras specialties. The servers were friendly and the atmosphere chatty, with dim lighting from classic yet elegant chandeliers and jazz softly playing in the background. 
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Escargot and red wine for a starter. One of my favorites! Buttery little suckers. The French bread on the side which goes along perfectly with this dish to dip in the remnants of garlicky butter goodness. 
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Foie gras stuffed ravioli with a white cream sauce and truffle oil, paired with a crisp white wine. The meal was wonderful. The French onion soup was to die for. This dish was rich in all the right places. 
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The gals en route.
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Paris cafes.
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Crossing bridges on our walk.
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Beautiful water fountains in town.
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France ❤
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the Seine.
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Old Metro stations
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The architecture never gets old.

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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.

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Me before my 5.5 mile morning run in Luxembourg garden.
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There are so many beautiful sculptures in the garden and the palace was stunning. There were many other runners, walkers and yogis hanging out in the park.
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A beautiful fountain just outside Luxembourg garden gates

 

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The impressive Pantheon was built in 1758-1791 and enshrines the graves of Victor Hugo, Marie Curie and Voltaire amongst others.
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Pantheon columns.
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There’s the Eiffel Tower, waaaaay out there. View from the front of the Pantheon. Will explore this street ahead soon. 
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Windy streets of the Latin Quarter, just behind our apartment.
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Hello Outlander fans! :p “The White Lady” record store.

 

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Rue de Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter, buzzing cafes in this quaint little square. Hemingway lived right around that corner to the left. We walked down the street to the Mouffetard market and enjoyed a coffee outside.
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Boulangeries and fresh baked bread are everywhere. I love it. It makes me happy. It makes me not care about calories or what other people think. Because everyone in France is always eating bread. 
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Stopped for some of this rose shaped gelato at Amorino gelato in the Latin quarter. I had my usual of Strawberry, Hazelnut and pistachio. The hazelnut was the best I’ve EVER had, that and the pistachio both so creamy and of light and delicate color. The strawberry sorbet was also fantastic! Plus it was so pretty I had to.
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I want to hang out here every day. We are so lucky this is so close to our “home!” There are endless places to eat, from kebab to michelin stars. *HEAVEN*
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Rue De Mouffetard 

 

 

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We sat at a cafe facing this fountain for a coffee before heading to the Roman amphitheater. 
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“Ride in Peace”
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❤ ❤ ❤ my future home? This place is so livable.. Honestly. Paris you will always be one of my favorite cities. 
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Circling the outer wall of Arenes De Lutece, constructed in 1st century AD. Smack dab in the middle of town amongst bustling streets and quiet homely neighborhoods.
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The Roman Amphitheater from above.
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Me and Gma marching around the ruins.
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Ruin climbing. We love to do free stuff! Visiting the ruins is free. 
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Me & J striking a pose.

 

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Puzzle piece + Ireland + French girl in hat
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Outside of the Marie Curie musee, which is closed for the month of August- like many businesses in the area. 
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Views in our hood 🙂
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One of the many little plazas.
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Paris treats

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My beautiful mother!
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Shakespeare & Company bookstore. Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce used to hangout here. Quite an amazing old building on the inside, stuffy and crammed from wall to wall, floor to ceiling with books.

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“All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.” -Ernest Hemmingway
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Inside the bookstore. *Photos are not allowed inside* #whoops
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I purchased a copy of The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, as it’s been on my reading list for some time.
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Strolling the streets of our hood, drooling over Kebab. 
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J made dinner of zucchini noodles with red sauce and chicken, accompanied by our 3 euro red wine, which was DELICIOUS!

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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.

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