Monday in Paris
20.06.2016 - 20.06.2016
Mondays in Paris tend to be quieter - residents are back to work and some museums are closed. Our plan wasn't to visit too many anyway but to do some shopping. After Mary Ann's swim (the pool is a 3-minute walk from the apartment!) and breakfast, we headed out to Galeries Lafayette. This massive department store has 7 levels of shopping and the most beautiful stained glass domed roof.
Before we left Canada, we spoke about getting something here in Paris that Alena can use or wear at her wedding next year. She found a lovely lace bomber jacket at Lafayette! The wedding is in April and with a little outdoor time for photos, she'll need something to keep warm. It'll be a great addition to her wardrobe. (sadly, the dress Mary Ann had her eye on for the wedding was far too expensive to consider)
We made our way to the 7th level terrace to see the cloudy, rainy views of Paris. The large building is the back of the Opera. This is another of the many grand buildings in the city. Beautiful.
Across from the Galeries, is their food emporium.
Look at the spices!
Look at the wines!
There's a very large section of wines from all over the country, certainly featuring Bordeaux too.
After the shops, we went round to the front of the opera house - then back onto the Metro & to the apartment. We had lunch with some rose and a bit of a rest.
Back to the Metro and we went North to the Montmartre district of Paris. This is the artists' haven and the site of Sacre Coeur Basilica which is at the highest elevation in the city. I expect the views are beautiful - all we saw was rain.
So, what do 2 girls do in a city when it's raining? Shop of course! This is also the area of fabric shops. The attendants are armed with scissors and metre sticks to measure out your fabric choices right at the bins - no separate cutting tables!
Lots of hilly streets, artisan shops and of course cafes & bars.
Alena discovered a little bar in the area - La Degustation (the Tasting) where we enjoyed a beautiful charcuterie plate with a Grenache-Syrah blend red wine from South-West regions. Pork terrine, peppery saucisson, cheese, baguette, roasted/salted almonds (de Californie!) and a lovely assortment of pickled veggies - the carrots were so very good! The bar also had some cookbooks for sale - including one all about hot dogs and 2 that were for burgers!
We were up in that neighbourhood to take in the campy, touristy cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge. Surprisingly, the cast was very large, costumes were gorgeous and the show was a solid 2 hours. Little intermission acts included a strongman/gymnast, a juggler and a ventriloquist. Fun & campy for sure.
Alena's fiance's last name is O'Sullivan and right next door to the Moulin is O'Sullivan's Irish Pub. We thought we'd go and grab something with the name but it was crazy-packed with EuroCup fans. You guessed it - IRISH!! This time, prepping for the next day's Northern Ireland team match. A few drinks and a few songs - we had a lot of fun!
Tomorrow's forecast is for a tiny bit of rain - sure hope not!
Mary Ann & Alena