Sunday, March 18, 2012

Paris Is Always A Good Idea

Rising bright and early @ 1:45 A.M. we scurried to gather our stuff and get to the theater to catch the bus to Paris.  It was a lovely early mornng - like Spring is really here in Baumholder.


We were dressed for a nice Spring day in Paris and as the day broke we saw it was gloomy and foggy and oh so nifty when we arrived at the rest stop in France after riding for 3.5 hours.
Plan 1 - find the nearest store or stand or whatever and get a jacket.  And that I did.
Once I was warm I savored the fact that I was at the Eiffel Tower in Paris France.

 And of course with the love of my life.

Isn't the Eiffel Tower Spectacular?

The city itself was spectacular

But we all know that if you want to get a true local flavor of the city - find a farmer's market or flea market and we stumbled upon one when we went exploring.

We dove right into the culture and mingled with the locals.  Like this nice man who was rolling out dough and smacking it upon this neat device.  Looked like an upside down wok to me but it did cook up them tortillas.
 It was amaxing how the flat cakes didn't slide off of there.  So what he has spread on the tortilla was a sauce made of toasted sesame seeds, olive oil and fresh basil.  He'll fold it in half and cook more on both sides and Whalla - a tortilla stuffed snack.  It was yummy and warm and so tasty.

 And the aroma of this huge freshly made pot of pilaf gumbo full of seafood was just too much to surpass.  So I stopped and the nice man served us up a hefty serving.  He was a jolly fellow - proud of serving his customers.
I couldn't wait to dig into the meal.
and neither was Ed.

We went on to explore the city more and shopped and of course found little bistros to eat lunch or just to sit and relax after walking for so long.

This Cafe de L'Opera 
 had a very tasty pizza.

We left a little bit of crumbs for Ratatouille's friends tee hee hee

 After this meal we began our walk back to the Eiffel Tower so we could catch the bus back to Baumholder.
I must share with you that we are wanderers.  We used no map to get around Paris.  We wanted to explore and whatever we stumble upon we stumble upon.  Well we stumbled upon the famous

Whew what luck we had.  Moulin Rouge is a cabaret built back in 1898.  It is marked with a red windmill on the roof.  Moulin Rouge is the place where the can can dance evolved and became a famouse seductive dance all across Europe.  I wish we could have gone inside to look around but we had a bus to catch.

We did have time to see the Eiffel Tower light up.  It was a sight to see and is locked in my memory forever.

That's it for now Blog Buddies.  Until next time I leave you this photo of my son who returned from England the day before we left for Paris.  He got to see the Stonehedge of England.  How cool was that?

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a fun trip to Paris...thanks for sharing!