It was my last full day in Paris. Amber was also leaving this morning, so she, Kyle and I got together to grab a quick breakfast before her train. There was a restaurant that had a high rating so we tried it first. The queue was at least a 45 minute wait, so we tried another place instead called Café Oiseaux. It was very cute, and resembled a quaint grandparent’s home. The menu was all in French, so I ordered in French and then Amber and Kyle both ordered by pointing and/or just using English. We all asked for a coffee and some food. They brought out the coffee and a plate of food for me. I was waiting to start to eat but it was taking too long, so I began even though my friends didn’t have theirs. I thought it was odd that Amber’s didn’t come out too because we ordered the exact same thing, just granola and fruit. Another 20 minutes went by and still no food. I finally asked about it and they never thought the others ordered food. We still aren’t sure what went wrong, although I’d like to think it wasn’t intentional.. Either way we had to find a quick pastry shop before heading to the train station.
Today was a beautiful morning, which was good since we were going on a boat! Amber and I had rented an electric boat to captain down the canal. We walked to the starting point at 11am, where we also met another friend of mine who was visiting Paris, Kyle. The boats sold little picnic baskets so we bought one and boarded. Amber drove first, and she took us on a dizzying zig-zag path until she found the sweet spot. These boats are very sensitive and you barely need to turn the wheel. I would recommend this activity to anyone visiting Paris. It was so fun, a great way to see sights, fairly easy to drive and overall just relaxing. After an hour going down the canal, we turned around and rode an hour back. Other boats were passing us, so we think we got a slow one, but at least it was safer that way!
After debarking safely back onto land we walked had some lunch followed by macaroon ice cream.
Next we headed to Notre Dame Cathedral. In addition to enjoying the landmark, we also enjoyed a game of count how many Levi shirts we saw. Seriously, one in every 20 people was wearing one.
From there we walked to the Pantheon and took a quick break on the steps before walking on to Luxembourg Gardens. The grass was perfect there to sit down and hang out for awhile. Many people had brought a picnic and this game that looked like yard dominoes. I also liked it because they had free bathrooms there. All of the public toilet pods I’d passed had also been in use or broken. You can only wait so long before deciding that whatever is going on in there is not something you want to follow
Along the way we had been popping into stores, but I didn’t see anything I really liked. Finally, I stopped into this one store where I found a dress that I loved and a shirt that had some french written on it, which doesn’t make me look touristy at all 😉 After quickly checking out, we met one of Amber’s friends from school who is from Paris for a drink at a bar nearby. It was nice having her order for us and she let me know that most people say “I will take” instead of “May I have?”. We had dinner until 9pm and despite wanting to check out the night life afterwards (since it was Saturday) all of us were too tired and ended up staying in.
I arrived in paris and took the train to Gare du Nord where it was only 1 block to my hostel. The area was very diverse, in fact, the first thing I ate when I got there was sushi from a Japanese place. I walked around a bit more and despite not feeling hungry, I sat outside and people watched as I ordered some more food. I thought I was just ordering 3 small sides, but they came out pretty large. I ended up getting a side of green beans, avocado with horse radish vinegar (a whole avocado, but the dressing was SO good I ate it all) and fries (can I call them french fries?). The waitress kind of looked at me funny, but to be fair, I did eat most of it!