I have always enjoyed traveling, even if it meant sleeping in a tent when I was younger. I prefer hotels and cruise cabins now, but the motivation is the same...an adventure waiting to happen. Sometimes you will find me traveling with my husband and/or family. Sometimes I will travel alone, and sometimes I will travel with friends. I hope you find it entertaining to keep up to date with me as I explore the world around me. Warning...I like to take pictures of food so don't read if you're hungry. More adventures await...see ya soon...Amy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Paris: Wishing the Rain Away

We woke up this morning to grey skies and the weather forecast looked ominous. We ate breakfast at the hotel and scurried out in our raincoats and umbrellas to make the most of the day before the first raindrops. Our first stop was City Pharma, the pharmacy store that sells cosmetics and skin care at a big discount over what they cost in the States. After shopping we dropped our purchases at the hotel and headed for 59 Rivoli, a building that is nothing but artist's studios. It used to be a squat for the artists to live and work, but now is a legalized operation run by the artists and open to the public. You get to walk through all of their studios free of charge and interact with the artists themselves if they are so inclined. When we arrived they weren't open yet and it wasn't raining so we walked over to Notre Dame. We toured ourselves through the beautiful church, stopping frequently to admire the gorgeous stained glass. After touring the church, it still wasn't raining and we had a little more time to kill so we took advantage of a boat tour of the Seine, compliments of our hotel. It was very interesting, and COLD! The boat tour took about an hour and by the time it finished, we were pretty hungry. I would like to say that we ate at a great place for lunch, but that is not the case. We stopped at the Jess Cafe and it wasn't terrible, but wasn't much to speak about either. But, it filled our bellies and we were able to go back to 59 Rivoli and visit some of the artists. The spiral staircase is completely painted with graffiti and is an art piece in itself. We met an artist on one of the upper floors that was painting with a little girl. I never could figure out if it was his daughter, niece, someone taking a lesson, or just a child that he knew. Regardless, they were painting together. He was super friendly and struck up a conversation with us right away. Before long, he was sketching a little face into a tiny piece of freehand art work that he had. The little face was Maddie's and we were so taken with his quirkiness that Maddie decided she wanted to buy the little piece of art. Maddie disagreed with us about his oddness, but either way we did agree that he was the nicest person we met in the whole building! Upon exiting the building, the rain began to sprinkle. We walked back over to Notre Dame and I did confirm that ALL of the love locks on the bridge behind the Notre Dame have been removed, including the love locks from our family. How sad!! The bridge's railings are being replaced with glass panels now. We wandered in the rain down Ile St. Louis and then walked back to the hotel, stopping occasionally to pop into shops that looked interesting. We made one stop into the Square Rene Viviani to look at the oldest tree in Paris and then moved on toward home. We ate supper tonight at Le Relais de l'Entrecote. Its a favorite of mine and I always try to go there when I am here. The only thing on the menu is steak and frites (and fabulous dessert) and they do it all very well! Debbie and I went for a Starbucks latte before we retired early for the night. It's been a full day but we were thankful that they rain wasn't bad and we didn't get soaked. It was, after all, a 100% chance of rain today. So until tomorrow...

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