A Casual Stroll – Paris.France – December.2012

It sucks to write about Paris right now.  As I skim through Paris blogs, all I see is a beautiful blanket of snow.  Yes, it’s snowing in Paris right now!  And I’m stuck here writing about Paris back in December, when it was a little rainy (not a lot, just a little)… but as Jay would remind me – at least we got to go!

So I write about Friday, our first week is quickly coming to an end.  We were supposed to wake up at 9:00, but I passed out the night before and forgot to set the alarm.  I got up a little after 10:00, and woke Jay up at 10:30.  We didn’t leave until noon (this was going to turn into a pattern for the rest of the trip).  We headed straight for the sewer museum, Musee des Egouts de Paris located in the 7th.  When we got there the kiosk was closed…. Huh?  We deciphered the sign and thought they are not open this time of year.  Now that I look on the website, they are closed on Thursdays and Fridays.  Oh well, so much for researching!

Our next stop was to Bercy Village in the 12th.  It was a cute shopping village with some stores and restaurants converted from old wine warehouses.  We ate at a place called Factory & Co. a New York Bagel Restaurant.  We shared a “Brooklyn” bagel, which had pastrami in it…. tasty… and a Fusion Thai salad with quinoa, edamame, onions, peanuts, tofu, etc. etc.  It was good but it was so big!  Jay could finish half a bagel and most of the salad.  Good job… not that I ever doubted he would!

The entrance to Bercy Village as you exit the Metro Line 14 at Cour Saint-Émilion

The entrance to Bercy Village as you exit the Metro Line 14 at Cour Saint-Émilion

a jay photo, kris directed

a jay photo, kris directed

Inside Bercy Village

Inside Bercy Village

The other side of Bercy Village

The other side of Bercy Village

After lunch we checked out a few stores – ID Kids, Nature & Decouvertes, and an art store.  All were very interesting and we bought a few items to take home.  Before leaving, we checked out Bercy Park right next door.  Because its winter, all the greenery were brownery, but still pretty with a couple of ponds and ducks.

Bercy Park

Bercy Park

Looking down from a little hill in Bercy Park.

Looking down from a little hill in Bercy Park.

We hopped back on the Metro and got off at Bel-Air (minus the Fresh Prince).  After walking in one big circle we made it to Prominadee Plantee.  It’s a very nice walking/biking path on an old 19th century railroad.  Again, nice brownery.  On our plane ride home, I watched Before Sunset just because it took place in Paris.  There was a scene on this Prominade, except I don’t think we got to the main part, because it didn’t look like what we saw.  It was getting dark anyway, and a little scary so we decided to head home.

The Prominadee Plantee

The Prominadee Plantee

The section that we walked anyway.

The section that we walked anyway.

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We came back to our neighborhood because we decided we would eat at home tonite.  We stopped at Carrefour market and Jay found this “stew kit” that comes with all the veggies and you just have to add the meat.  He also wanted to be a real Parisian and buy a baguette at the boulangery just around the corner.  It came out pretty good and we had left overs as well.

The "Stew Kit"

The “Stew Kit”

Chef Jay preparing

Chef Jay preparing

The finished product - taste better than it looks in this picture

The finished product – taste better than it looks in this picture

Overall, it was a good casual day.

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