Paris, day 3

Woke up without much of a plan, having already seen most of the things we’d hoped to. We’d caught the Metro past an area that looked kind of nice yesterday just north of our hostel, it had a canal and trees and a market that wasn’t actually on today, so we headed there. Saw the canal and the trees, stopped in to a cool bookshop, and wandered in to some other interesting looking spots.

Paris, day 3

We decided it could be fun to head out to the Père Lachaise Cemetery to visit Oscar Wilde and anyone else interesting lying about. It was really cool! The place is something in itself, moving from scary overgrown dark graveyard to light open structured plots, and there’s plenty of interesting memorials around. We found Chopin, Jim Morrison, and Victor, someone who was rubbed a lot for good luck.

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Oscar Wilde is quite the hit with the ladies. Lauren didn’t have any lipstick, but did scribble him a note. It was all quite an experience.

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Our hunt for food nearby unsuccessful, we caught the Metro home and grabbed sandwiches and treats from nearby, still managing to avoid the threat of rain.

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

We hadn’t explored Left Bank yet, so that was the idea for the rest of the day. Swanky looking place, swanky looking people. We were trying to copy a route in Lauren’s guide that would take us exploring and gathering food, but that was designed for bikes and was all rather confusing, so it didn’t go well.

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

After regaining composure in a nice little park, we headed back to Les Etages, a cool looking and very red bar we’d seen on the way. Lauren had coffee, I had a cocktail. Then we had cocktails. And more cocktails. It was a great little place, the drinks were small but deceptively powerful, and very yummy. Amazing strawberry mojitos.

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

More strolling led us to picnic shopping at a few places and our picnic stop, the Luxembourg gardens. A lovely green place, we watched a stream of runners and a foxy old man seated with his feet up on another chair, chatting to women that wandered by.

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

Paris, day 3

We were ushered out of the park at closing time past the Senate, and walked across Left Bank to the Metro home. A quiet night in with the French movie The Valet, and that was Paris with Lauren.

From September 6, 2010.

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