I'm writing this in Paris...I THINK it is Thursday morning! Was it really 2 days ago that we left California?! We got up Tuesday at 4:30am (part excitement...part a plan to ward off jet lag!) We ran around doing all those last minute things like finishing packing and emptying the fridge. The plan was to meet at Russ & Adrienne's home at 11:30am, but at 10am I got an email from United Airlines saying our flight would be "delayed until 5pm due to a late-arriving aircraft"...but they wanted us to be at SFO at our scheduled departure time of 2:45pm! WHAT...this was not in my plan!? Oh well...anxious to get our trip started, we headed over to Russ and Adrienne's as planned...and this is what met us there!
..and came with a bottle of wine on the table just waiting for us! we couldn't have been happier to finally be "home".
We went out to explore our neighborhood...we are at 8 rue des Saints Peres in the 7th arrondissement...lots of antique stores and art galleries around us...but with a little deeper exploration we found a produce market, a cheese shop, and a little meat market and came home fully stocked with gorgeous strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, onions, eggs, ham, yogurt and some compte, gorgonzola and brie! We were set for breakfast and afternoon snacks. It was fun to practice my french...and I felt very successful! Back at home we busted out the cheese, opened the wine...and toasted to our first night in Paris! After a while we wandered around the corner to Bistrot du Paris and had a charming waiter, Jean, who took us under his wing and told us all about his trip to California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. When I complimented him on his English, he said "When I was young I was a very naughty boy...and my principal was also my english teacher...do you see why my English is so good? I spent a lot of time in the principal's office!" We had a nice meal, wandered over to a small cafe facing the Louvre and had sorbet and decaf and marvelled at how light it still was at 10pm...street lights didn't come on until 10pm! We had a nice chat with some Aussies that sat next to us. We were exhausted and headed home. After this long day, bed never felt so good! We both slept very soundly until about 5:30am (time change/jet lag?!) Sweet dreams...we are in Paris!