Thursday, August 09, 2007

Day 8: Strolling through Rive Gauche

After a heavy day of planned activities, this day was great because nothing was really planned. Previously, we mainly focused on Paris to the right of the river (Rive Droite). Now it was time to check out Rive Gauche, and this was definitely the cooler side of Paris.PAUL was the best patisserie of them all. Oh man. To bring this place to US.... I WOULD GO EVERYDAY. I requested a coffee, but got an espresso intead. My first and it was tasty with my pain au chocolat aux amandes.....
Too bad it was pouring that morning. Also, too bad it was like Paris was on summer vacation. Half of the stores were on their month long closures.
On the way the Latin Quarter, we checked out the inside of Notre Dame.

Free admission! Woot!

Nicest confessional booth EVER. Glass walls?!? Not very private but oh so cool. I saw several of them filled, but felt wrong taking pictures of those...
Remember Before Sunset, where in the first scene Ethan Hawke is promoting his novel? We visited Shakespeare and Co and it was the coolest bookstore I've ever been inside. It was a store devoted solely for English language books (darn!)
You can totally just plop down on a couch and just read in there forever. Apparently they have rooms reserved for writers to give them space to write. Such a different world!
Every corner in Paris, we could find a newstand. And this was my favorite. BRITNEY SPEARS: TOUJOURS PLUS TRASH. PUHAHA.
In our guidebook, Musée de Cluny was a site to check out in the St. Germain des Près section of Paris. I never really could read Mari is she was joking or not that we should go to a museum devoted to medieval Paris... I obviously didn't want to go.
We walked on over to la jardin du Luxembourg instead, close to the Panthéon.
This high school orchestra with a choir played music. We listened for 30 minutes because they played Disney classics like Beauty and the Beast, A Whole New World, Circle of Life, Pirates of the Carribean and Sound of Music (Do-Re-Mi and Edelweiss).
Paris is so cool that everywhere you go, you'll find a palace with a huge garden.

I love my topiary.

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! In front of l'église Saint-Germaine-des-Près, the oldest church in Paris.
So this intersection with the church has three of the most famous cafés in Paris. We chose to go to Les Deux Magots, because it was more posh. Apparently writers like Sartre, Hemingway and Simone de Beauvoir and Picasso went their for inspiration. It was a great way to relax in the middle of the day. The Parisians really know how to enjoy life and take time throughout the day to relax.
Un citron pressé avec un café. The couple in front of us were hot.
Walking through St-Germaine-des-Près. Tons of art galleries. Less touristy and much more quiet thankfully.
Look what we stumbled upon... a med school of course. LAME!
Dome church at les Invalides.
I got another croque-madame. SO GOOD. Best french fries EVER.
We wanted to go to the top of the Eiffel tower that night, but they closed it at 10:30pm. But it was cool to see it again. Every hour, the tower would twinkle and sparkle with these bright lights. So pretty.

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