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, June 13, 2018

Paris, France: Shopping And Family

We were excited to see sunny skies this morning! Today was a shopping day in Saint Germain de Près. This is my favorite area of Paris. Perhaps it is because it is an old part of Paris or perhaps it is because all of my favorite chocolate and macaron shops can be found there! I left the apartment early to make a trip to City Pharma, the discount Pharmacy where I purchase my lotions and potions. Everyone else met me in the neighborhood after I was done. They had hoped to have a crepe while they waited but couldn’t find a crepe stand open. We spent the morning traipsing all over in search of mine and Danny’s favorite chocolates, cookies and caramels. We stopped for a quick look in Saint Sulpice cathedral and then on to Bon Marche department store to see the beautiful escalator and make a bathroom stop. Danny left us to take our purchases back to the apartment and to pick up his phone, which he had left behind. We met up again for lunch and then went on to find the St Michel fountain. We also located the narrowest street in Paris. We wandered over the Seine to tour Notre Dame and then walked on Ile Cite to get some Bertillion ice cream for some of us and also crepes at a nearby crêperie for those that still wanted one. It was all so delicious! There was a colorful little street, Rue Cremieux, a short distance away that the girls really wanted to see. Apparently it is a frequently instagrammed street of little colorful home-fronts. We took some time taking pictures there and I noticed there were several people walking through and also taking pictures on this little hidden street. We were quite tired at this point and had very sore feet so we went back to the apartment to rest before dinner. We went to dinner at Vincent and Sophie’s and were so excited that ALL of the children were there including Axelle! Preparing a meal at their home is truly a family affair. Vincent made amazing stuffed mushrooms, Sophie and Augustin prepared our meal of Magret de Canard (Duck breast), a roasted vegetable medley of Eggplant, Zuchinni, and tomatoes and also scalloped potatoes. Oh it was so yummy!! Sophie and Albane prepared our dessert of apricot tart and chocolate mousse. No one left the table hungry tonight. We had such fun conversation. The highlight of the evening was the news that Augustin (with tutoring from Axelle) had passed his exams and also a mini concert from Albane on the piano and the guitar. We did not arrive home until very very late but everyone agreed that tonight’s meal with family was a highlight of the trip! 

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