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Sunday in Paris

We woke up late this morning, feeling refreshed after a great night's sleep. We decided to do the Canal St Martin cruise today, even though the weather man is calling for rain. We'll just dress for the weather and hope for the best! We take the metro to Place la Vilette and walk around for a little while. There is a big science center here and it looks like there was lots to do for kids and families. It starts to rain around 1pm, so we duck into a little restaurant on a corner called Le Doux Rivage. It is a Serbian restaurant and there are locals at the bar and at a few tables, so we decide to take a chance and stay. We have never had Serbian food and we are always ready to try something new. We are rewarded with a nice little lunch. I started with a salad of cold grilled red peppers fried with garlic and Den has a Chopska salad, which is tomatoes, cucumber, sweet pepper, onion and feta. The feta is grated and melts in your mouth when you take a bite. Both entrees are delicious. I order the escalope Tzagane, a turkey cutlet covered with sweet peppers, tomato and onion and Den has the Pleskavitsa a la Cacak, a huge chopped pork and beef steak topped with creme fraiche. Both meals are served with great crunchy fries and chopped cabbage. With my quarter litre of red wine and Den's beer, and 2 coffees, lunch comes to 45 euros. This was a real find, an authentic little ethnic place that is obviously frequented by the local Serbians in the area. We are stuffed to the gills and walk around the area for another 30 minutes before going to board the boat for the cruise.

Although it is a little on the cool side, the rain has stopped and the sun is trying hard to peek through the trees. Off we go for our 2 and a half hour cruise down the canal. There is a very entertaining gentleman who gives us English and French commentary throughout the cruise. He is very funny and witty and we are happy we understand French because he throws in a few bawdy jokes along with the history of the canal. Canal St Martin has 9 locks and is 80 feet above the Seine. We learned all kinds of interesting tidbits during the trip (including where the word "flirting" comes from and that a Frenchman tried to bring communism to France during the early 20 century and was promptly executed by the government for his efforts! The second to last lock takes us through a 2 kilometer long tunnel with openings in the ceiling which let in the sunlight and throw beautiful light into the tunnel. The last lock, near the Bastille, finally empties into the Seine and the cruise takes us along the river, past Ile St Louis, Notre Dame, the Louvre to finally dock at d'Orsay. We really enjoyed the whole afternoon and would recommend the cruise to anyone who has thought about doing it.

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We walk across our favourite bridge, Pont Alexandre III, enjoying the grandeur of this spectacular bridge. We walk slowly over to the Tuillerie gardens, hoping to make the last entrance to L'Orangerie to see Monet's Waterlillies but we just miss it. That's ok, because I remember that Angelina's is very close-by and I have a little chill from being on the boat and walking all afternoon, so we head across the park for the famous hot chocolate I have read so much about. We wait in line for about 10 minutes before we are seated. The restaurant is packed with tourists who have come to experience the Chocolat Chaud Africaine and the Montblanc dessert. We both order the hot chocolate, Den has the Montblanc and I have to settle for the chocolate raspberry tart since they are out of the Olymphe, which is a kind of macaron filled with fresh raspberries. The hot chocolate comes in little serving pitchers with a pot of whipped cream on the side. You pour the very thick chocolate into your cups and spoon the cream in and then you go to heaven!!


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Wow, this is very rich stuff and although it is delicious, I find that by the end of the second cup, it is almost too much. Our little treat costs 26 euros but we can now say we had hot chocolate at Angelina's. We both agree that there will be no dinner tonight, we are feeling very full and decide that we need to walk off all those extra calories. We walk down Rivoli for a while and turn towards Les Halles and then towards the Pompidou museum. We zigzag our way home, never really sure exactly where we are but always knowing we are headed in the right general direction. This is what we both love about Paris, it doesn't really matter which way you go, there's always something to see and experience, even if it's just watching people walking around, enjoying an early Sunday evening with friends and family. We get to the apartment a little after 8pm and are very content with our day. After 3 late nights in a row, it's nice to relax in our little Parisian apartment. Den is still reading his book about moving to Paris (he does have a dream, that one!) and I am blogging away after having had a great phone call with Sebastian, who misses his grandma and poppa and can't wait to see us next week. We also miss our little guy very much and know there will be big hugs and kisses when we see him next Sunday.

We're not sure what tomorrow holds, we'll see what we feel like when we get up and go from there.

Good night all, hope everyone had as great a weekend as we did!

Jo

Comments (2)

Chris:

I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying your blog! You're doing such a fabulous job of sharing your experiences that I want to go back to Paris RIGHT NOW!

Doug:

Great blog! We also fly ZOOM from Montreal, have rented from Paris BestLodge & stayed in the Marais - all very positive experiences. We will be back in France in a bit over 3 weeks - no return time Paris this trip - too bad for us.

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