Paris – Day 3

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kids in the latin quarter

Our last day in Paris. This was the day that I was bound and determined to find the Paris that I had always dreamed of. No more Burger King lunches. No more Disney Store or Starbucks (oh Starbucks, please forgive me), and certainly, no more Mexican food. (Sorry hombres. I love Mexican food and all, but bring me some cuisine! Tout de suite!)

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non paris paris

We decided to venture to The Latin Quarter. Now THIS was what I had hoped Paris would be. The beautiful River Seine, the open tree-lined boulevards, the cafes. It was magnificent. There was a postcard worthy picture at every turn. This area was also jam packed with historic architecture. There was a multitude of house boats and floating restaurants, elaborately appointed bridges and iconic landmarks.

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parisian bridge

We took an unguided boat ride up and down the River Seine for a hour or two. It was a very interesting way to see more of the city.  I only wish that we had a history lesson along the way. We finally disembarked near Notre Dame. It was so exciting to see that outstanding church in person; complete with the flying buttresses and the gargoyles. (See I did remember something from high school French class.)

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notre dame full view

This part of the city was teaming with charming street vendors and special little cafes. All what my heart had been desiring. We parked ourselves at a table of a restaurant, right across the street from Notre Dame, and prepared to have an outstanding, and authentic French meal (complete with 2 bottles of le vin, but who’s counting?). Everything from the bread, to the escargot, to the ratatouille was spectacular. The waiters were efficient, and kind, and even helped us learn a little French. It was my dream come true.

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parisian meal

We ended our meal and walked back to the Metro to catch a train back to our apartment. Our bellies were full and my heart was full from a trip of a lifetime with the people that I love most in life. We bid au revoir to Paris. Until we meet again. Le Fin.

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eiffel tower from seine

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1 Kids on the River Seine

2 Burger King, The Disney Store, Starbucks, and Mexican food y’all.

3 One of the spectacular bridges over the River Seine

4 Notre Dame

5 Bread (and wine!), Ratatouille and Poulet de citron, escargot

6 Tower de Eiffel