Sunday, April 25, 2010
Dimanche, 25 Avril 2010
We were both up by 8:05am. At 8:40am Eleanor threw in the colored clothes to wash. She figured it might take 1 1/2 hours to finish. Hopefully we would be able to hang them on the drying rack before we go out. By 10:15am the clothes were on the rack. At 10:30am we finally got around to breakfast : coffee, orange juice, fresh pineapple chunks, yogurt with strawberries and an apple turnover. Somewhere in the midst of all this I was able to post the Houcine reunion video on YouTube.
At 11:45am we went out for a walk of our neighborhood. A walk through the courtyard of Hotel Sully came first.
To the right by the wall is a window tracery. Most tourists feel obligated to have their photo taken using the tracery as a frame. We were no different.
The door at the far right in the above photo leads to Place des Vosges.
While back in the States doing research for this trip I had come across a short video about an unusual shop called Tumbleweed. It's located on rue de Turenne around the corner from Hotel Scully.
Eleanor and Lynn, proprietor.
Here is a short video of our visit:
One of the bags we purchased had the image of Boulangerie 28 on it. According to Lynn, Boulangerie 28 is located on Boulevard Beaumarchais, which is just around the corner from our apartment building. We intended to check it out before the day was over. Little did we know that Boulangerie 28 would become the "Mother Lode" of pastries and baguettes for us during the rest of our trip. Before leaving Tumbleweed, we purchased a number of large size bags as well as small catch-all bags. This place is not cheap. We spent a total of 90€ ($121.50 U.S.).
The next place we wanted to check out was Place du Marche Ste Catherine, on rue D'Ormesson, a short walk around the corner. Music was filling the air before we even got close to our destination.
Arriving at 1:05pm I video taped the scene.
We decided to have lunch at Bistrot de la Place. So we settled in at an open table and checked out the chalk board as well as the menu.
We started off with :
La soupe de legumes frais du jour servie en bol, pain grille a l'ail - 7.00€
(Fresh vegetables, soup served in a bowl, garlic roasted bread - $9.45 U.S)
For the main entree, we both ordered:
Entrecote grillee tout simplement, frites et salad Mesclan (300 grs) - 18.50€
(Grilled beef Ribsteak, simplify, French fries and Mescalun salad (300 grs) - $24.98 U.S.
During our meal we struck up a conversation with the two ladies seated at the next table.
Kathleen (left in photo) lives in France. Jane was visiting from Boston, Massachusetts.
Sitting at the next table (photo below) were Johanne and Mathieu. Johanne took the photo of our table.
Around 3:00pm Kathleen and Jane left. Another couple soon occupied their table. Before we knew it we were having a conversation with John and Lori (photo below). They live in London. They were in Paris celebrating Lori's birthday. Lori is originally from Connecticut.
Video of Eleanor telling John and Lori about her cousin, Richard, who is a Quebec artist. He had painted our portrait for our 25th anniversary. For our 50th anniversary he planned to do a portrait of us in the nude.
Then Lori told us about a place called Bonchurch on the isle of Wight, England, a place that Charles Dickens described as "The prettiest place on earth."
John went on to tell the story of how they came to purchase a flat in Bonchurch.
This conversation with John and Lori had repercussions months later after we returned home to the States. I had posted my video on YouTube so John and Lori could see it. One day we received an email from John about an unexpected incident that occurred as a result of the video. Here it is:
Finally we came to Boulevard Beaumarchais and found Boulangerie 28. I took a photo of Eleanor holding the bag in front of the Boulangerie.
I planned to buy some pastries for a light breakfast the next morning since this place was so close to our apartment.
A baguette would also be included in the purchase. It would be part of our picnic lunch the next day during a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral.
Back at the apartment, Eleanor did the garbage while I set up the backpack to the next day. While we were out our friend, Larry, sent us an email suggesting that we meet one morning at a cafe for coffee and a pastry. He suggested Cafe Francais at Place de la Bastille, a short walk from our apartment.
High temperature for the day was about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius)
I was in bed at 8:45pm. Eleanor followed soon after at 9:00pm.
Total distance walked: Bill - 2.10 miles, Eleanor - 2.20 miles