The Paris blog posts won’t be a daily blow by blow, as we are here for a whole week with a sojourn to the Loire Valley inbetween, so I will focus on highlights as they occur, or as I remember them (however accurate that may be!).
Supermarket shopping in other countries is one of my favourite things when travelling. We are staying in an apartment while we are in Paris so that we have altitude more space and the ability to cook for ourselves should we so chose. This meant we could also go supermarket shopping!! Yay! Buying fresh fruit and vegetables was lovely to do. It is summer over here and all of the stone fruit is in season, so purchasing cherries, apricots and peaches was a must. I also bought some figs and strawberries, which were so beautiful and sweet. I chopped them up into my yoghurt for breakfast. Mmmm! I also bought a baguette and some bagels so that we could make lunch to the with us on our journey to Tours. Mum kindly played in the kitchen and prepared our travel lunch etc while I took a post-run shower.
The first night in town we went and saw the show at the Moulin Rouge. We were incredibly lucky and had front row seats from our table. Mum could not believe her luck! The show was the spectacle that we had anticipated. The highlights for me were the rollerskating duo and the woman who swam in a pool of snakes (seriously). The meal that was part of our ticket was lovely and the service gave us a bottle of very good champagne that we were not charged for (whoops, but thanks!).
Welcome to Paris run. A lovely 7.02km run from the apartment down Boulevard de Sebastopol until I hit the river, crossed Pont au Change, around to Notre Dame, through the gardens that flank the cathedral, across the famous bridge where lovers affix padlocks with their initials on them, and down to the quai to run along the river for the rest of the kms until it was time to turnaround, then I ran the same route back. As it was around 7 am when I went out, it was quiet and cool. Very few tourists or cars. Made life way easier for running, and aided me in taking some good shots too.
Next stop: Loire Valley!