We're from Seattle!
18.04.2008 - 18.04.2008 12 °C
Another day of rain, but we're from Seattle, that won't stop us! Luckily we brought our coats and umbrella, but they make us stick out like a sore thumb since they're not black - Nathan's coat is bright green, mine is purple, and the umbrella is rainbow. Nathan introduced me to his business traveler lifestyle: up bright and early (6:00), breakfast in the hotel (7:00), and train to work (8:00) (while I window shop and wander around the city) then back to the hotel (5:00) for a couple hours to relax and refresh before free drinks in the "Boeing lounge" (7:00), and a very late dinner (9:00), coming home to bed (11:00) on a full belly and a fuzzy head, to do it all again tomorrow. But, being Friday, and being France, he got off at noon today and we went to a market for a really neat lunch, ordered in French, no less! He had boeuf (beef) and I had poissons (fish), on a typical prix fixe menu complete with entree (appetizer), plat (entree), and dessert (dessert). I got the assiete de fromages (assortment of cheeses) which included 3 selections: a brie, another creamy cheese, and one absolutely awful bitter cheese! All this was 13 euro per person ($20). Last night's dinner, also prix fixe, was 35 euro per, ($52) and a 35e bottle of wine. Worth it though, it was a very nice restaurant requiring reservations, with only 8 tables, serving the regional specialties, foie gras and cassoulet canard (duck). So as you may tell, most of our day revolves around mealtimes, but we have had time for some sightseeing in the city, of which I'll attach pictures. Today's highlights were the Jardin des Plantes, Cathedral St. Etienne, Le Capitole, and of course the Victor Hugo Place market where we had lunch. We're excited to get going tomorrow, but uncertain when we'll have internet access again, as our next hotel is a 12th century monks' cloister. I'll write when I can. Au Revoir!