Paris in a Flash: Day 1
Having left my early morning practical class, I awaited my Australian guest’s arrival.
I had a short 60 hours to make into the stop-over of a lifetime, to help him get a taste for both the tourist and the real Paris!
And so after arriving at my doorstep and a quick shower we headed out into the unknown.
First off was a walk along the Seine through the Marais, Île Saint-Louis, Île de la Cité and in the buzzing streets of St Germaine.
Walk through gardens and to famous patisseries like Pierre Hermé.
Finding a stop for a late but needed lunch proved incredibly difficult with kitchens closed and only offers of coffee not satisfactory when there are hungry mouths to feed.
Luckily I remembered that Laduree had a bastion of good food around the corner in St Germaine and so we headed there for something a little special and different.
The back dining room is like a living museum with beuatiful forrests painted over the walls and luxuriously fabricated chairs.
Sadly most of the menu was off limits at 3pm, but I found myself an interesting combination. The Salade Champs-Elysées was crab meat salad with Melon, Watermelon, Peach, Filo Pastry, saffron, balsamic, olive oil, lemon, orange and grapefruit juices.
My friend, new to vivere a’Parisienne or le mode de vie d’un Parisienne, ordered a gourmet omelette, and for dessert we shared four macarons – Pistachio, Violet-Blackcurrant, Rose-Petal and Raspberry.
The store as always was inspirational and it takes a lot of self control not to try one of everything!
Next on his list of must see/must-dos whilst in Paris was Le Tour Eiffel.
It was my first time in the area as well and our walk through Champ du Mars towards the centrepiece was breathtaking.
Watching everyone picnic or exercise or just laze about in the sunshine was reminiscent of my dreams of coming to Paris.
Finally we made it closer into the hoards of tourists under the tower itself…
The tower loomed high and mighty with the beuatiful blue sky and sun behind it.
And of course I had to take a panorama of the legs with a bird in flight … I am patient!
The structure itself was incredible beautiful structural work with arches and cross braces each providing layers of lines creating beuatiful shapes and designs in space.
Looking up under the tower towards the top gave you freedom from the crowds and the long lines were enough to discourage even the heartiest of tourist.
Instead we headed across the bridge, over the Seine, to Trocadero for a view of the tower golden in the dying rays of the afternoon sun.
The huge presence of imigrants selling trashy trinkets and wears was as classic a sight as one comes to now expect from incredibly popular tourist traps such as this – one of the most visited places on earth.
Tourist trap or not I think it is a work of engineering genius and I am happy to say I have finally been to Le Tour Eiffel.
From Trocadero we headed back towards St Germain to join some friends before the Cooking Schools Student Party.