Paris. Paris. Paris. What a wonderful city. We have been wandering around aimlessly, roaming whichever streets catch our fancy. We haven’t yet been to the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe. Since we are here for 15 nights, for free (on Hilton points), we don’t feel the need to rush to all of the famous landmarks right off.
On Saturday we headed to the Latin Quarter on the Rive Gauche, and just walked along the same cobblestones that people famous and not famous have walked on for centuries. What a thrilling feeling that is, that connection to history, even as we created our own history. We stopped and had fondue, as it is so hard to find, only to discover that the next 15 restaurants also had fondue! Later that day, we read about sights not to miss in the Latin Quarter, which, of course, we had missed. (By the way, regardless of what you may think, the Latin Quarter was named because the Sorbonne is there, and, with a classical curriculum, the students all spoke…Latin!)
However, we were returning the next day to go to Mass at Saint Sulpice, as there was a short organ concert before Mass, and a longer one afterwards (which was amazing and terrific). Then we went out to walk some more, and interestingly, we stumbled upon several of the sights that the article said not to miss! So we were content.
One of the terrible things about being in Paris, with our “everything is packed in a backpack” lifestyle, is that we really can’t buy anything except food. Jan saw a red spring jacket in a shop window that was just beautiful (red being her favorite color), and not a minute later, a woman walked toward us wearing that very jacket. We each have an all-weather coat that can be folded and fits into our backpacks, but a bulky cloth coat is just not in the cards. Every lifestyle has its pros and cons, and we just live with knowing that we can’t have everything we want! In that way (she also saw shoes she coveted!), being in this Capital of Fashion is hard.