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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…

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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.

Search for Wedding Locale

We tried to wake up early today. Finding a location for our wedding was atop our agenda. We chose a few parks to scout, ate our breakfast, and were on our way!

Our first stop was La Promenade Planteé. It’s an old railroad track converted to gardens located 30 ft above street-level in a populated area of Paris.

It’s very nice but seems to serve as a trail for the locals. We saw many people running in exercise outfits and others eating lunch on benches.

The narrow walkway is lined with a variety of flowers. It appears well-kept. Every 100 yards or so you’ll pass under an archway. They appear quite nice wrapped with vines.

At one end of the trail there is a large green space where people participate in park activities.

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

Bill or Check

We decided to go out for dinner and once again, we forgot our little French translator book. Luckily our waiter new English and explained the whole menu to us. We also asked if it’s called bill or check, they said either. At A La Renaissance Kyle had scallops

and I had roast beef and polenta

Soggy Stroll

It rained all day but that didn’t stop us from exploring… On our way to find coffee we stumbled across a boutique that featured handmade clothing and Davina proceeded to invade their privacy with a camera.

We found a nice spot to drink espresso outdoors

Cafe from Kyle Tweedy on Vimeo.

Without an itinerary yet, we walked around somewhat aimlessly and eventually hopped on the 1 train. When we emerged at the “Hotel de Ville” stop, an exhibit caught Davina’s eye: “Haute Couture.” Haute =fashionably elegant or high class and Couture =design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements. The exhibit was cool; it featured couture from elite international designers, spanning time from 19th century until present day.
Haute Couture

From there we walked around the corner and stumbled upon a tourist area, identified by several souvenir shops. The attraction turned out to be the Notre Dame cathedral!
Notre Dame Cathedral

Directly across from the Cathedral was the most elegant dust screen I’ve ever seen. They went out of their way to preserve the vibe of the area while under construction.
Stylish Dust Screen

Nearby runs the river, “La Siene.” Here is a ground level view.
La Seine

Bon Appetite

We were starving and stopped in a random place called Café Le Divan (because I saw they were having happy hour). As we were sitting down I realized we forgot our French translator book; Luckily our waiter knew English. I had risotto

Kyle had tartare classique

Paris Rental House

Compared to the London Underground’s train stations, the Paris Metro’s are not traveler-friendly. I had to carry Davina’s monster bag up and down numerous flights of stairs. Once we exited the train, we had to walk eight blocks to our place! At least they were eight blocks full of interesting people and shops.OurNeighborhood

We’re fortunate that our place is right in the “thick of it” but also set back from the busy street in a small, gated community of sorts:
27 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France
Here is a view looking up the steps towards the front door:

Here is a view looking down from the front porch towards the street, “Rue de Charonne:”

View from Front Porch.

View from Front Porch.

Sub Station

The last leg of our journey to Paris almost did us in. Here’s Kyle tired of carrying our bags
Kyle with Suitcase

Here’s me struggling with what I thought would be the best travel skirt- it’s too long, should have tried on first, getting stuck in my luggage wheels!

Paris-Nord Station

We arrived in Paris around 2:30PM local time. The Paris-Nord train station is impressive (and crowded).

busy at 2:30PM

busy at 2:30PM