Good evening from Paris! Today was our final day in the city of light — sad! I really loved the time we spent here. Last night after I finished my post, we decided to do a little laundry in the bathroom sink. We packed some travel packets of Tide that are intended for hand-laundering. Joe strung up a make-shift clothesline and we took turns washing, rinsing, and wringing. At first, it was kind of fun, but the process lost it’s luster quickly and by the end of it all — we sort of missed the washing machine. In the morning, Joe woke up before me and brought all the clothes to a laundromat to finish drying them. On his way out, he actually stumbled upon a laundromat that was a lot closer than we had thought — like, you could see it out the hotel window. So the whole laundry situation was kind of humorous.
For breakfast, we both enjoyed some treats from the boulangerie across the street — Joe had a chocolate chip baguette and I had a broccoli and ham quiche. Next, we set out to tour St. Chapelle. This particular church is quite small, with two sanctuaries stacked atop one another. It’s known for its immaculate stained glass windows, which tell stories from the first several books of the Old Testament. It is quite amazing that these windows still exist as much of church was destroyed during the French Revolution. Back then, the church housed relics of the Passion of Christ including His crown of thorns, which was purchased by the church for more than the value of the entire building itself.
Next, we took a walk across the Pont des Arts bridge near the Louvre. This bridge is known for undying love as demonstrated by the thousands of locks, inscribed with 2 names and a date, clamped on by its visitors. Once the lock is clamped, the lovers throw the keys over into the river. Joe was somewhat hesitant to join in this tradition, as recent news stories have shared concern about the added weight of the locks on this particular bridge. But! I have confidence the civil engineers of France are dealing with the matter. Don’tja know wives can be much more convincing than news stories? It’s true, for those with nice husbands anyway:)
Our next stop was the Opera Garnier — Paris’s opera house. The interior decor drew me towards this particular sight. The ceiling in the auditorium was re-painted by Marc Chagall in the late 60’s — his paintings of ballet dancers are his most well-known work. This site was truly beautiful — I’ll post pictures when we get home!
Next, we ate lunch at Pomme de Pain, which is like a European equivalent of Panera. I had a vegetarian baguette sandwich and Joe had the lasagna. Both orders came with a bottle of water and a raisin croissant — very good, very filling!
Next, we decided it was time to do some shopping. We are not much for souvenirs, but Paris is the fashion capital of the world so I decided some shoes would make a great souvenir! The Galleries Lafayette, Paris’s largest department store, has an entire floor of shoes, so we went there first. I found exactly what I was looking for — kelly green pumps. The photo in the link is not the right color, but it’s close enough. Next, we hopped back on the metro and headed towards the Arc de Triumphe and the Champs Elysees. After taking a few pictures near the monument, we continued shopping on the most famous street in Paris. This boulevard has 6 lanes of traffic and many high end stores — Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, etc. I got a dress from Zara. We also checked out all 3 car stores — Toyota, Renault, and Mercedez Benz. I love the Renaults! Joe loved them all — he is a car guy, after all! I can’t really imagine ordering a car from a store with 5 showroom models you can’t take out the building, but hey, whatever works for Paris — it was fun to look.
It was a great day — tomorrow we leave for Brussels on the high-speed Thalys train. Our internet was out yesterday, but it’s back now (obviously); click back here for Day 6 and Joe’s food commentary.