After spending a wonderful Sunday afternoon with our new Parisian friends, it was time to resume the walking and eating marathon. And walk we did on Monday ~ from the Marais to Republique, along the beautiful Canal St Martin to Place Stalingrad, and up through the 19th to Parc des Buttes Chaumont!
We left the apartment after a late breakfast and made our way through the little streets of the upper Marais. I will never get tired of the Marais. I know it has gotten very touristy in spots over the last few years, but I still love the many twisty little streets full of new discoveries and surprises, full of great places to stop to eat, drink, shop and just be in Paris. We spent a little time in the cute little Square du Temple park watching little kids play in the sun. Monday was just an absolutely beautiful sunny fall day, with warm temperatures of about 20 degrees celsius. From there, we walked to the newly redone Place de la Rebuplique, all shiny and new and teeming with people on this perfect day.
|not a cloud over the Paris rooftops!|
|kids playing at pard Square du Temple|
|the newly redone Place de la Republique|
|lots of place for everyone to stroll around|
|beautiful old bakery near la Rebuplique|
We then made our way to the Canal St Martin. It was such a gorgeous day for a walk and there were many people enjoying lunch along the Canal. We love this area and have taken the Canal cruise twice, enjoying going through the locks and the raising and lowering of the water at each lock. Today, we were content to stroll along the water, making our way over many of the little bridges over each lock and taking lots of pictures.
|love the Paris doors!|
|space invader for Seb|
|love these curved buildings!|
|lunch along the canal|
|in case you forget!|
|Sacre Coeur from the top of Buttes Chaumont|
|suspension bridge in the middle of Paris!|
|the arches at Place des Voges|
|our apartment from the bar across the street|
We had reservations at another hot spot in Paris, le 6 Paul Bert, owned by the same chef who runs Bistro Paul Bert. We rested our little tootsies and made the smart decision to take the metro to the restaurant. Although owned by the same chef, the cooking is done by a Canadian chef and it's a different concept where you choose 3 mains and a dessert from a daily menu for a fixed price of 44 euros. We had a fantastic meal, everything was so fresh and well prepared. The table are very close together but that just encourages you to chat with your neighbours, which we love doing.
The portions are small, but we found the 4 courses left us with just the right feeling of being satisfied but not gut bustingly full. This is a place we will return to again as we really enjoyed the casual atmosphere, the friendly yet professional service and the fresh menu that changes according to what is freshest that day. We walked home hand in hand through the 11th and thanked our lucky stars we were in Paris together, on a starry fall evening.
Morning came very early on Tuesday as we were up at 5:30 and out the door at 6:30. Today we are getting out of Paris for only the 2nd time in 9 trips and 95 days! We booked Eurostar tickets for London when they came out 120 days before for 88 euros each. Our train was leaving at 7:30 and our G7 Taxi was right on time to get us to Gare du Nord. I had booked online the night before to ensure an available early morning cab. The train ride was very smooth and I slept most of the way. We got into London right on time and were on the tube within 30 minutes of disembarking at St Pancras. Our first stop was the London Eye, where we had purchased skip the line tickets. This was the one thing that Den really wanted to do, mostly for the picture taking opportunities. Picking up the tickets was very easy and we were on the Eye within 15 minutes of getting there. We had an unusually sunny day (for London) and our views were clear for miles around.
We made it back to the train station about an hour before our train left, enough time to have a quick dinner and drink and spend our last pounds at Mark and Spencer's. We got back to Paris about 11:30pm, exhausted and happy to be back in our city. London was fun, but I don't feel a need to go back. I know I probably didn't give it the proper time to really get a feel for it, but it just didn't do it for me. I'm happy we went but it's kind of a been there, done that feeling for me.
Anyways, here's all the typical tourist shots:
|didnt' go in ~ too much $$$|
|our pub for lunch|
|fish & chips and mushy peas!|
|don't mess with this chick!|
|probably put that up after Queen Elizabeth found a visitor in her bedroom a few years ago|
|the beautiful Egyptian escalator|