Paris, France Day 5

Today I literally walked until I dropped. I started out at 10:30 am, and got home at 5:30. I had a few stops along the way here and there, but for the most part I was on the move! I got home and was just going to have a little lay down before I went out again to grab some dinner and walk to the canal (a short walk from here) but my half hour cat nap turned into 4 hours. I guess I was tired! I decided to just listen to my body and go with it.
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It’s only a ten minute walk to Sacre Coeur Basilica from where I’m staying. It’s on a hill in Montmartre. There were A LOT of stairs to go up, and  like I said before, I will have legs of steel in oh, about 2 weeks! The area is so nice, lots of little streets going every which way, restaurants, shops and boulangeries. Oh, the boulangeries! I’ve had a baguette 2 days in a row now, and I don’t see that trend stopping anytime soon. Only one pain au chocolat so far, but the week is young. I stopped by a little outdoor farmers market on my way walking to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen Flea Market, and had the most delightful little snack. They were a small little brioche, they sort of reminded me of a cruller donut, hollow in the center, light as air, but no icing. They had rock sugar sprinkled on the outside of it though, to give it a little sweetness. They were sort of like Parisian Timbits, only not as lardy and sickly sweet! I’m sorry Canadians… Tim Horton’s donuts are just not up to par!
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The thought occurred to me today that I may have been born on the wrong continent. I’m a very proud Canadian, but there is just something about Europe that speaks to me on a completely different level. I thought the same thing when I was in Florence 10 years ago. It’s just hard for a city to have the same sort of soul when it’s only 125 years old! Not to mention, you can but beer and wine in the grocery store… BONUS!
Sacre Coeur.
This guy was an artist at keeping that ball in the air! David Beckham should be so good!
The beautiful streets of Montmartre.
Street Market where I bought the brioche.
This cute pup and I were having a moment. There was some mutual love going on!

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2 Responses to Paris, France Day 5

  1. JPRESTI April 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    If you are still near Notre Dame, turn around and head for Sainte Chapelle ~ especially as the sun is setting…my 2 cents.

  2. Andrea April 12, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I’m planning on going tomorrow actually! I tried to go on Monday, but the line up was huge!

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