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Tapas y Mas

Tonight we dined Spanish-style. Scallops, Chorizo, French Fries, Calamari, Queso, and Sangria. The waitress was surprised to get a tip!

The restaurant is right around the corner from our loft, at the end of a street Davina refers to as, “sixth street,” because it gets rowdy at night and is concentrated with Americans.

Taking it Easy

Today, we took things easy. Due to the feedback we received (thanks everyone!) for Parc de Belleville, we decided to return and examine it more closely. On the way to the Metro, we passed through a Farmer’s Market.

Yesterday, it was an Art Market. During the week, it’s empty?

We walk by this old thing everyday. Figured I’d take a photo this time. (The Bastille)

Back at Parc de Belleville, we looked around but spent most of our time lying in the grass. Just in case we decide to exchange our vows here, I’m only going to share one photo… Remember this guy? He must have retired here circa ’98

Sunday’s Best

Man do I love a good brunch! Today was our first time to try out brunch Parisienne style. We decided to stop at Pause Cafe because they were always busy. Arriving at 11:45 Kyle was worried we missed brunch, but they only serve drinks until noon, my kind of place. The brunch was well worth the wait. It started off with fresh oj, cafe, pastries and a jar of chocolate.

The main course was magnifique! We had Eggs Benedict, salmon, salad, curried potatoes, and yogurt. Side note: best yogurt I’ve ever had.

American Blooper

Public restrooms are more complicated in Paris. I politely stopped recording when Davina told me to. I regret it though because 30 seconds later she comes busting out with wet boots! Apparently, the restroom has an automatic “wash cycle” and that’s the reason the door wouldn’t shut. Haha

Le Centre Pompidou

After walking all day on sore feet, we decided to visit an art museum and walk around some more. We showed up an hour before closing time so we weren’t able to see everything. I think you’d need a couple of days to see everything anyway; it’s six stories and 80,000 square feet!

To my surprise (Logan was right) you’re allowed to take photographs of certain pieces. Since each painting in the room was OK to photograph, I shot a video. It’s from the featured exhibit: works by Simon Hantaî.

They had over ten Picasso paintings!! Everyone’s seen Picasso though, but have you seen Peter Saul’s “Bewtiful and Stwong?”

Search For Wedding Locale Part Cinquième

Jardin Des Plantes was one of our stops today. This park features a maze, greenhouse (which was closed) and a zoo. We were in a hurry to get to our next destination so we zipped through the maze.

Where’s Waldo was in there too.

We checked out the wallabies.

Love how this place has so much history and age to it.

Search for Wedding Locale Part Quarte

We continued our search today after getting a late start. Davina was supposed to wake us up early but instead let us sleep until noon! I’m thankful she did, so I made her breakfast; we’re on vacation for Pete’s sake. Our first stop was Jardin du Luxembourg.
Jardin du Luxembourg

It’s crazy busy but very large. There are multiple sections, including a basketball court and fountain where you can rent “sailboats.”

Whatever you do, don’t tread on the middle lawn. Park security will find you.

Here’s a shot of the wooded area:

There are many stone and bronze romanesque statues scattered throughout the park.

Please comment if you do/don’t like this location for our wedding…

After Dark

Just outside our loft.

Sacré Coer de Montmarte

Not only did we go to the highest park today, but also the highest point in the city (aka we walked up a lot of stairs/hills).

This is what I looked like after that flight.

Getting to the top was totally worth it though.

The detail in the Montmarte was magnificent!

And the view wasn’t too shabby either.

Search for Wedding Locale Part Trois

The park, Buttes Chaumont, is quite large. Here is the view from the gazebo at the highest point:

There many open green spaces. This area reminded us of the hill at Barton Springs:

Some areas of the park were under construction. The others were populated with people from all walks of life.