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Report 2025: Airplanes, Roses, Poppies, Caves, Bridges and Paradise

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2012

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Page 6 of 24: Meeting With Our Friends

photo by me

Eiffel Tower from Trocadero

Anyway, we visited Notre Dame, then walked to Pont Neuf and then to Pont des Arts where we crossed to take the next bus. No buttons on this one. We completed the tour. The lines at the Eiffel Tower were huge, as only one elevator worked. Also the Trocadero fountains were shut because a stage was installed there for musicals to come. We went back to our room to refresh and for a break when our phone rang. It was our friend calling us, and asking us to take the metro to Creteil. I tried to buy unsuccessfully a Lebara SIM card. But tobacco stores, supermarkets only sold recharge. We walked to Les Halles metro and tried to locate a Lebara store, but couldn’t find one. The cashier at the supermarket told me we should check around train stations.

We took the metro to Creteil, and it was rush hour and it was very hot on the metro. A woman asked my son for his seat. He came to me. As he came I told him I read somewhere in France kids can’t sit if there are no places on the transport because they pay a child rate. He just sat on my knees. A woman next to me said this wasn’t true at all and treated the other as a witch. Anyway I had a very nice chat with her until Creteil, because her son was married to a Japanese girl and living in Japan. They have two kids, and she said they were taking the metro alone starting at the age of four. They had also tried to live in Canada, but after three months had enough of snow and winter, cold weather. I told her three months is nothing; they missed at least another three months of it all. But it depends where in Canada too, at least in Montreal we have a lot of sunny weather, while in Vancouver although much warmer, it rains daily. There are so many nice people in Paris. Of course there are also some strange folks, but it is a big city.

We arrived to the destination late and our friends waited for us at two different stations in Creteil. We visited their new apartment by the lake, very nice location, and then they invited us to a restaurant Tabla Pizza. The restaurant had a nice décor and waiters/owners, however it felt much as a place in Montreal located between two big roads and food wise was somewhat expensive for the quality and somewhat tasteless in North American style. The good thing was they had child menu at only €5, which was big. By Paris standards it was a cheaper place for dinner, however Chez Papa had much better food and lower prices and was downtown Paris. I enjoyed the tapas to share: good bread with six sauces on a revolving plate. My salad was big, but for €14 there was nothing special to it. I can make better home. It had a slice of cured ham and goat cheese, and this was the highlight.

The place itself was very pleasant and another good thing, they had provided doggy bags also in North American style. It was a good thing because child pizzas were huge. Everyone except me also had a big dessert. It looked however too sweet to me.

We stayed late, and were the last to leave, and our friends drove us to our hotel. No traffic and no need for parking. It was great meeting with them. The kids looked much older and bigger than last time.

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