Monday, October 16, 2006

Now that we got the hang of it . . .

Our first day in Paris is now complete. The beauty of the city continues to awe us and we are still whispering like the kid in the airport . . . "We're in Paris!!"

We decided to trek around this 'lovely' area of our hotel and try to hit up the area around Notre Dame (as our shuttle driver told us that is a great area in the evening). We were to starved to head all the way there so began the apparently near impossible feat of finding a restaurant. Now keep in mind that we have not ate anything besides a granola bar and a few smarties since breakfast and are becoming grumpier by the minute as our stomachs protest from deep within. We were anticipating so many choices that we would be overwhelmed and instead we were met with Brasserie after Cafe full of . . . salads. We are watching our fabulous figures with the Dubai destination looming but please - a girl can hardly survive on a granola bar and a salad when she is trekking her luggage all across town, walking the equivalent of a half marathon and then some and trying to stay cool in the wonderful weather we are having. So we were having a nice normal dinner if we had nothing at all.

Finally after God played a little practical joke on Fran (she totally wiped out going up the stairs - might make her think twice next time she laughs at some poor soul! and the justice was even sweeter when I see this in action, bust out laughing and sit back watching everyone's head on automatic swivel trying hard to keep their guts from splitting over this unfotunate butt over tea kettle event!) walking 10 blocks, passing restaurant after restaurant with people hanging out having drinks and not a single individual eating and ending up on an interesting street full of Peep Shows and Lingerie shops (you better believe that those signs were in English!!), we quickly skipped over a couple of blocks and discovered a quaint little restaurant that served salads and pasta. We also learned an important little tid bit about the French culture - they don't start serving food until later in the evening. Francoise thought she had died and gone to heaven.

Next on the agenda, walking the delightful little street with the city lights dazzling and hitting up one of those fabulous little boulangeries. We stocked up with breakfast for tomorrow (I am so excited - we got those fabulous little pain du chocolate - chocolate filled pastry - which brings back memories of Toronto/Sassafrass and that darn waiter that took the last pastry before I had time to eat it!!) And ventured towards the Metro home. It has been a long day and we are off to the Hop on N' off Tour tomorrow - a double day special filled with all the amazing little museums, cathedrals and monuments that we have only read about . . .

Good night everyone!! :) Sleep tight!!

5 comments:

adrienne said...

have fun ladies. i'm laughing at you laughing at fran...i can totally see her doing that...

ps...why does fran look naked in the picture on the top right?

Anonymous said...

Hey ladies!!! I can't wait to see you on Friday! Looking for some interesting night life? Head to the Latin Quarter and on the Rue de La Huchette (I think) near Rue Saint Jacques is a great little live jazz bar with some amazing regulars who dance up a storm! For din din around there? Try a fondue place! Always good for a laugh! And don't miss Rue St Andre des Arts!

Fran said...

because I am...why are you taking pictures of me?!?!

Jules said...

Missy - the fondue was fabulous and the jazz spot nothing shy of extremely entertaining - we will be sure to tell all on Friday!! - can't wait

Erin B said...

"Now keep in mind that we have not ate anything besides a granola bar and a few smarties since breakfast and are becoming grumpier by the minute as our stomachs protest from deep within."

Girls this is what I call "THE HUNGER ANGER". It is a nasty, nasty monster, so keep eating to save your friendship! *laugh*

I am absolutely LOVING reading about your adventures!!!