So much to do and so much time

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Exploring Paris with a toddler is interesting. Avienne has a pretty hefty appetite for physical adventures and human interaction. She enjoys social settings so much, even if only to sit and observe others. Riding the métros, busses and trams all over the city with her by my side has been a much different experience than what I remember from my past solitary commutes. She treats everyone like someone she knows and it makes for a somewhat shocking experience for some Parisians. On our very first métro ride together, we sat across from a woman who made it known that she was very offended that I allowed my kid to sit across from her AND that I crossed my legs which she felt extended into her "territory." I couldn't help but laugh at the poor woman, but managed to keep my cool. Another woman sat down across from me who was extremely and abnormally kind to both me and Avienne, and I reminded myself that Paris is full of extreme personalities such as these. I mean, isn't the whole world somewhere between very kind and very rude? We've thankfully avoided other encounters with the rude since that last atrocious one, but I'm sure it won't be our last. 

Besides our adventures on public transportation (and there have been many), we've been bouncing around from café to café in hopes of finding our new coffeeshop hangout. Our weekend mostly consisted of discovering new-to-me restaurants and coffee shops and enjoying delicious meals and beautiful places in the process. We spent most of Saturday writing on walls and admiring the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Pompidou museum. We found a nice brasserie [not so] nearby for a very French lunch, followed by a long walk through the Tuileries with a sprinkling of a mini brass band concert and some fountain-side sailboat watching. According to my iPhone, we walked over 9 km (over 5.5 miles) that day, and boy, could I feel it!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Well, it's bedtime for me and I just erased a 6 paragraph entry about how we spent a lovely Monday around Paris. For the past 8ish years that I've blogged, that's never happened to me. Like ever. 

I don't even know how to begin rewriting it, so here's what I can remember in bullet points and pictures until I stop kicking myself and have the time to write about our next adventure.

  • We've been in Paris for a week now and it feels both like forever and just yesterday that we arrived.
  • I took Avienne to Cojean for lunch on Monday; she had pasta, I had risotta - it was as good as ever.
  • A few things she notices most while traveling around the city are cranes, berry bushes, bells, horns and sirens. And pigeons.
  • We spent hours going to and from Chateau de Vincennes to finish up a final few meetings for my shop.
  • I felt like we spent the whole day hopping from one mode of transport to another or walking around.
  • She made me carry her a few times, so I kind of feel like I'm working out again.
  • We tried to check out Coutume Lab, but it was closed, so ended up enjoying the warmth, smiles and people watching at Café Coutume instead. We will definitely be lingering around there often.
  • I had my first real coffee since being in Paris and Avienne had her first ever "babyccino".
  • We ended our 7 hour day with a hot bath, warm pasta and snuggled up reading in bed.
  • I'm looking forward to more Mondays.
...still kicking myself, though.

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