My first overseas trip has finally happened. I finally made it to Paris, after wanting to go for at least 12 years. Because my current job is still through a temp agency, which means no vacation days, I was only able to schedule a long weekend. I left on Wednesday afternoon from LAX, arriving Thursday morning in Paris. Here is a picture from the plane as we crossed over the English Channel into France:
Alica looking for her apt from the Eiffel Tower
Saturday, after breakfast (oh have I forgotten to mention the amazing Pain au Chocolat and Baguettes yet?), we headed to the Place Palais Royal to meet my friend Armelle, whom I met working in Sun Valley, ID the summer between my Freshman and Sophmore years of college. We walked around the 1st, a little bit before heading to a cooking class. There we made lemongrass chicken, with fingerling potatoes (cooked with garlic and lime juice) and a mango tart w/ passionfruit caramel. After the class, we walked around some more before heading to Armelle’s apt in the 15th for some homemade crepes.
Sunday, Alicia and I went to church at the American Cathedral and then went to the Louvre. I was able to see the Mona Lisa in person (though a little disapointed that you can’t get within 5-10 feet of it). I think the ceilings and architecture of the Louvre were more interesting than a lot of the art inside, but then we did just do a quick trip through the museum. For dinner, we went to a restaurant on a medival street in the Latin Quarter. It had a 15 euro prix fixe menu. For a starter, I chose escargot, as I figured where else better to try it than in Paris.
Monday, I packed my suitcase and we dropped it off at Alicia’s apt and explored her neighborhood (the 15th) for awhile, until I had to head out to the airport. I really liked Paris a lot. Its a big city, with a small city feel, at least in many of the neighborhoods. The bread was amazing and inexpensive. Same with the cheese. I still don’t know if I had a favorite part though (which is the question everyone asks). I guess I’d have to say the food (and of that the bread) if I had to pick one thing. Restaurants are pretty expensive though, trying to eat fairly frugally, I still spent just under 50 euros for each dinner out (for 2 including wine).