The London Interns finally made a (semi-complete) group trip off the island!
The four of us arrived on Friday armed with recommendations from travel veterans, a handful of phrases en français, comfortable walking shoes, and, of course, the ever-handy Citymapper. And our weekend did not disappoint.
Highlights included Sacré-Coeur, a tourist-laden church in the northwest of Paris with an almost unreal view of the whole city from it steeples, if you are willing to brave the 300+ steps (and a fair €6) —
— Shakespeare & Company, a bookstore-library hybrid established in 1919 with an extensive modern array on sale as well as classic and unpriced – priceless – collections. We made several visits –
— Last but not least, a ride on Vedettes du Pont Neuf, a 1-hour tour of the major landmarks along the Seine. A great way to see it all without all that walking.
For this section all I really have is a shoutout to my friend Isabella and her sister, Andreina, for all they shared on Andreina’s blog Collecting Moments about their Paris visit! Their recommendations really helped us make the most of our two days there 🙂
I have to be honest and say that I never expected Paris to hold the best food adventures I’ve had yet. Good, yes, but the best…? I was in for a surprise.
For our first night’s dinner we headed to popular Parisian chain Léon de Bruxelles for some signature French mussels and frites. Tres délicieux.
Night two found us at Le Trumilou, a restaurant recommended by Luke & Dalton’s well-traveled London-host. I tried my first Burgundy Snails, feasted on duck roasted with prunes, and topped it off with a real France crème brûlée. It was a meal that changed my life.
Not to be forgotten, our last night’s dinner at Crêperie des Arts was beautiful — they stuff crepes with everything from egg to lamb to salmon, and even have a friendly pet cat who will come round to see how you’re enjoying your meal. The hole-in-the-wall is easy to miss amongst a flood of other creperies, but is unique decor and menu will win you over.
And finally, we found a favorite quick-bite spot in bakery chain Paris Baguette Boulangerie. There are probably some great privately owned bakeries to stumble upon, but this place served us well for a quick breakfast or snack. My favorite was the oranaise (left) — which despite the misleading name is actually an apricot pastry!
I am left with only 7 more days of work here at IMAX and have begun to wind down! We had a farewell lunch last week and I got a great opportunity to recap all that I’ve learned over the last few months. For now I am kept busy sending emails and putting finishing touches on recap presentations, so it’s a nice way to go out.
I think one needs many more than two days to experience Paris! Really though, I’ve been so extremely fortunate to not only see London, but 4 other countries this summer. This has been my first taste of real travel and leaving the bubble of english-speaking western-serving societies, and I can’t wait to do more! Looking back, it’s been the most eventful 3 months of my life, and I can’t believe all that I managed to fit into it. I’m a little sad that I won’t have any more quick weekend getaways in Europe, but I’ve got one last weekend in London to enjoy.