|Inside the train station|
The next day Keith had to be in the office all day, so Liam and I were on our own. Luckily there was a street market out the front door of the hotel, so I spent a couple hours wandering through all the booths of food, fabrics, clothes, shoes, jewelry, and even toiletries -- if you can sell it, there was a booth for it.
|one of the many booths at the market|
I was able to get the room all packed up by myself and check us out before Keith got off work, so I hung out in the lobby and Skyped with my mom on my iPad while we waited. Liam flirted with every woman who walked by, so we were pretty happy hanging out for the time being. ; ) Keith finally got there and we took his cab into the city to stay in the business district of Paris for the rest of the weekend. Minutes from our new hotel, I realized that I left my iPad in the lobby of the old one.
I called the hotel and quickly explained what happened -- luckily, they had my iPad and were going to hold it at the front desk until we could pick it up the next day. I was saved. Whew.
So that night we asked for a dinner recommendation and the front desk referred us to a local brasserie around the corner from the hotel. It also was delicious. I got a warm goat cheese puff pastry over salad as my appetizer, and grilled salmon for dinner (yum). Keith had french onion soup (do they just call it "onion soup"?) and steak tar tar for dinner (yuck). Liam slept through most of dinner, but then woke up in time to flirt with the table next to us and watch as I ate a flaming creme brûlée. Double yum. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE creme brûlée, so I'm in heaven in France. : )
|goat cheese pastry app|
|onion soup (drop the French)|
|Steak tar tar|
|Salmon (somewhere underneath all that sauce)|
|My creme brûlée set aflame|
Two years ago Keith and I spent five days in Paris for Valentine's Day (another work trip that worked to our advantage), and we did all the major site-seeing things like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Notre Dame, etc. And this spring we will be spending a few days in Paris with our friends who are flying over to spend a couple weeks with us. Because of these reasons, we decided that this quick trip would be more of a relaxing, hang-out-in-the-city type deal, with no real agenda.
|Liam is ready to head out!|
|Liam's new peacoat -- I'm kinda obsessed|
Saturday was spent wandering the streets, poking our head in stores, taking pictures, and stopping for Starbucks and lunch and more Starbucks (can't get it Eindhoven so I gotta have my fix somewhere!). We really like our hotel (the location and price were great), so we decided to book it again when we return in May. I can't wait to see Paris in the spring because we've only been in the winter -- I could already imagine the trees that lined the streets with green leaves and flowers, and I know it will be gorgeous!
|This awesome chocolate shop had more goodies than you can imagine!|
|Multi-level Burberry -- fun to look in, but we didn't buy anything|
|out and about|
|lunch on Saturday (I swear I'm not cutting his hair, even if he looks bald here)|
|Concorde Opera House|
|I love the looks on their faces here ; )|
We did take the Metro to the Eiffel Tower where we could take some pictures at a distance -- I wanted to have some shots of Liam at the Tower, and I'm so glad I did! Besides the gypsies and the cold wind, it was super fun!
|Musicians playing in the metro station|
|My two boys|