WE SLEPT ON THE PLANE! which was great because, otherwise, we would have slept away one of the most beautiful days I’ve ever enjoyed in Paris. Sunny and 73. Same for the rest of the week. Sure glad I packed two pairs of gloves, a hat, tights, scarfs and sweaters. I now have an excuse to shop.
We checked into our charming little 17th century apartment. It is called Dartagnan. The building was the barracks of musketeers of the king–thus, the name reference to one of the Three Musketeers. It has two bedrooms with two lofts and a fold out couch. I suppose it could sleep 9 people, providing only 6 of them ever had to pee. Oh, the upstairs lofts have views of the Eiffel Tower. Well, you can see the tippy top of it from the skylights! Not even worth trying to capture in a picture, it is just that obscure.
We spent the day walking around trying to get our bearings. (David wants to know why the sun sets in the east in Paris.) The Luxembourg Gardens have summer flowers still in bloom with autumn leaves just starting to turn. Children playing soccer and tennis. School kids jogging. Loads of people just lounging in the chairs around the fountains, soaking up the rare Paris sunshine. I guess for me, Paris–because the weather is often gloomy–seems like it is always in black and white with shades of grey. But today was like that scene in the Wizard of Oz where the film changes from black and white to technicolor. Just beautiful.
Our apartment is situated at the intersection of the 6th, 7th, 14th and 15th Arrondissements. We walked to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd today. So, even though we aren’t in a touristy area, it feels like this is going to be a good location for us and our guests to get around easily. The Vaneau metro station is literally across the street.
Tonight for dinner we will enjoy a chocolate chip cookie from Picard and open the bottle of Bordeaux that our landlord left for us and go to bed early. Paris…yum.