So as my days here in Paris continue I have been going out into Paris a little bit more each day. On Friday, since Thibaut was working I went to La Foire de Paris. La Foire is basically a giant exhibition of craft, food housing products and everything else you can think of. It's as if they put the craft show, home and outdoor show and women's show all together in one. It is enormous and took me a couple of hours to walk around. It is in several buildings and I skipped and hopped through each of them, all the while dodging the "Madame! Madame!" of the people trying to sell me hand-creams and mops with oscillating handles. It was really neat though and I saw lots of cool things from the tropics, like clothing and scarves, oh and the food smelled delicious.
For lunch, I took a break and had a "Sandwich Raclette" which I'm sure as most of you know is a fresh baguette with raclette cheese melted into it and it usually has ham and pickles, I just eliminated the ham. It was divine. once I had finished walking around I decided to branch out and wander through the streets on my own. I walked past a lot of the obligatory cafes and boulangeries and other cute interesting shops. The sidewalks are narrow and there is a lot of cobblestone, that really adds to the charm of the city. Just looking up is enough as all you can see are the windows and flower boxes of all the tiny apartments lined up along the street. It all looks very well cared for and organized. I headed home that evening to help set up for Baptist's 20th birthday party. He was having two parties, one on Friday and one on Saturday. This one was to be the big one so we had lots to put out.
The party was a real hit and I met lots of lovely French kids all around my age. I know the French get a bad rap for being rude but I have seen none of that yet, every one has been really nice to me so far.
The next day I woke up super late after going to bed late but nevertheless still decided to go to Paris. I got ready and hopped on the train mid afternoon to go to the "Forum des Halles." It is basically a very busy area with a beautiful park and an underground shopping area. There were so many people in the streets and in the park there were lots of kids playing soccer and running around. Couples were walking hand in hand and there were a lot of ice cream cones being eaten, that I can assure you. The weather was perfect and this park was super nice as well. I walked around for a bit taking in the sites before heading into the underground for a drink and a break from the sun.
So there you have it, I have done a little this and a little that, but none of the big exciting stuff yet. Thibaut has the day off on Monday and Tuesday so I expect that will be busy bees with all the exciting things he has planned.
Until then mes amies!
PS - I will one day have photos of me with the monuments I assure you. :)