Friday, February 28, 2014

Paris is always a good idea...

As I've said before, if there's a silver lining to living in Le Havre, it's that we're two hours away from Paris.  It couldn't be easier- just jump on a train, take a quick nap and wake up in Paris.  If we happened to live in Paris, we'd be on the edge of the city in some shanty town (yes, Paris does have it's less than desirable neighborhoods) and we'd be struggling to keep food on the table.  So, living in Le Havre does have it's benefits.  We can live in Paris like kings on the weekends.  

If you read my post on London, you know that I feel like I belong there.  The city and culture (and pubs) call to me.  That being said, there is no denying that Paris is the most beautiful city I've ever seen.  With so much evil in the world, with so much destruction and violence and ugliness, it is a testament to mankind that Paris exists.  It represents all that we are capable of.  For centuries it has been a hub for free thinkers, artists, and scientists alike.  It inspires everyone.  And let's remember, Hitler gave orders to his generals to torch Paris if the Nazi's fell or if he died.  They didn't.  

Perhaps one of the best (and cheapest) things to do in Paris is just walk around with no agenda, discovering new paths and just getting lost.  Getting lost in Paris is just so much fun.

"Paris is always a good idea."
- Audrey Hepburn

If cool concept art is your thing, then check out the very cool Pixar exhibit over at the Art Ludique

Now this is a food market worth seeking out. Marché des Enfants Rouges is awesome, and easy to pass up if you don't know what you're looking for.  If you want a break from the touristy eats and see a real thriving market with delicious food, look no further.  It has a little bit of everything.  

And here is Chez Alain, who has quite the reputation for making the best sandwiches in Paris, and quite possibly all of France.  Red wine in hand, he dances and sings and takes his time making your sandwich...and apparently it's worth it.  Unfortunately we were starving, and didn't have the patience to wait 45 minutes in line.  Next time.  We did happen to get a burger though, which was one of the best burgers I've ever eaten (anywhere in the world).  Oh how I miss these.

Pere Lachaise Cemetery, where Jim Morrison, among others, is buried.  

An abandoned railroad track through Paris...

...we couldn't get in.

A little park directly across from our hotel.

A suggestion for lunch in Paris- find a good cheese shop, get a baguette, and find an empty bench.

A vineyard right in the middle of Montmartre?  Yes, please.

I think it goes without saying that I wouldn't mind living here.

Ended the day with an amazing duck confit and potato and cheese wonder.