March 10 – Paris photos Paris food

Already in full bloom.

I am loving the flowers already!  I saw this flowering tree in Dupont when I was walking to meet Emily at the Philips Collection- it looks so delicate!  We saw the exhibit “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard.”  I loved the work by Pierre Bonnard, especially the photos of the Eiffel Tower under construction.  Thanks to Emily for getting me in with her family pass!  We were cousins for the day. =)

After all that art viewing we were famished and made the two block trek up to Bistro du Coin for some onion soup.  What a great way to start my Saturday!

Also, because I’ve been telling EVERYONE I talk to, here is this week’s weather forecast: Sunday: high of 66, Monday: high of 70, Tuesday: high of 78, Wednesday: high of 75, Thursday: high of 77, Friday: high of 70, and Saturday: high of 66. WHAT IS GOING ON? This is March.  I absolutely refuse to do another DC summer without a pool if it is already 77 degrees in March.  What is August going to be like? Geez…

-V

November 10 – Ohh Champs-Élysées

Just to prove I'm here!

It is so good to be back in Paris!  I haven’t been to visit since I studied abroad, so it is great running around to see the familiar places I walked past daily for five months.  I walked around my old campus, AUP, and since it’s right there… la Tour Eiffel.  We stopped at Boulangerie Julien for sandwiches and treats before waltzing along the Champs-Élysées toward the Arc de Triumph. 

We arrived this afternoon, and thanks to Mom and Dad, are enjoying a VERY comfortable stay in the Hilton. Merci!! I am lucky to even be sitting here right now typing this (and enjoying a 2€ bottle of Côtes du Rhônes), because this morning when we tried to reserve tickets for our train to Paris, the wonderfully cliché French woman working in the ticket office informed us there were no more tickets available until 10 pm. If we took this train, we would not arrive in Paris until after midnight.  Just to give you an idea of how ridiculous this is, a train leaves Lyon for Paris every hour. My response to this woman was, “Non. Impossible.” She replied with a blank stare. We had just waited in a twenty minute line, so we had to act fast.  Madison saved the day and asked if there were any trains to Charles de Gaulle. Oui oui – and in twenty minutes we were on our way to the Paris airport.  We didn’t have the luxury of arriving directly in the city, but at least we still had the afternoon to explore!

Tomorrow I am planning on visiting my favorite museum and bridge.  Ooo the suspense!

Bonsoir,

V