January 12, 2007

a quebecer in paris

I’m trying to find a map on the internet to map our daily wanderings but so far no such luck. A description will be the best you’ll get for the moment.

Roger and I have taken to the streets of Paris, walking, window-shopping, eating and drinking. It’s been very cool. Yesterday we walked around the 1st arrondisement, cut through the Palais Royal, continued along rue des Petits Champs then up to the Opera Garnier. Here we stopped and because of my misunderstanding (I thought there was a tour advertised at 1pm) we ended up inside the Opera visiting the most beautiful building I’ve seen for a very long time. In addition, there was a fabulous exhibition by Gerard Uferas which was worth the stop. If you go through the link you’ll get to his site, select “stories”, then “In the company of Stars”, then go to the bottom right to start the slideshow you’ll see a selection of the photos from his exhibition at the Opera Garnier which I can’t praise enough.

Next stop, the food hall at Galleries Lafayette where we sat ourselves down at the Italian food counter for a spot of lunch which was delicious and the eye candy of the staff was also not so bad. We wandered home along Rue 4 Septembre then down Montorgueil where we checked out what was on offer at the Poissonerie for dinner and after much umming and ahhhing, we chose fresh scallops and prawns which we drowned in garlic and butter and ate with gusto.

Today was a slightly later start. We continued our walk along Rue St Honore, all the way to the Champs Elysee, under the Charles de Gaulle etoile, and we huffed and puffed our way up the 280 odd stairs to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. The day was superb. The view spectacular. Then a quick metro ride back to the Marais, where we stopped for a bite, and a pichet, before returning home to wait for Michelle to finish work, a glass of wine in one hand, a good book in the other and some fab music playing on the stereo.

Bliss. And we still have a dinner to look forward to….

Lorraine: Work will commence Monday… je te promis

filles at 8:46 pm

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