Photo a Day Overseas Adventure: April 3
Today was a beautiful day in Paris...mostly sunny, full of delicious food, and some really amazing sights. We let ourselves sleep in a bit this morning due to some residual jet lag, and then grabbed a chocolate croissant on our way to the Metro station. I felt like we sort of fit in as we joined the lunch-rush crowd, nibbling on pastries out of paper bags and walking briskly from station to station.
Our first stop of the day was the Eiffel Tower, which is truly beautiful. I don't think I'll ever forget that moment when we walked around the corner and there it was, in all this architecturally astonishing glory. Both of us were content to just stand at the base and marvel at it instead of joining the long line of tourists waiting to go up to the top. I brought one of my old film cameras (the kind that produces square-format photos) and used half the roll on the tower...I can't wait to see how they turned out!
Afterward, we walked to Le Petit Cler for lunch and it was SO delicious. The hubs got flank steak and a baked potato; I opted for the poached egg salad, which had spinach, tomatoes, green lentils and haricots verts with a garlicky dressing and a poached egg on top.
The street on which the restaurant was located was lined with cute little shops, flower stalls and produce markets, and on our way to L'hotel des Invalides we stopped at a Francois Pralus chocolatier shop for some macaroons we spotted in the window.
Les Invalides houses the Musee de l'Armee, which the hubs was keen on seeing. It had room after room of medieval armor on the first floor, and then two more floors of uniforms and artifacts from World War I and World War II, which was very interesting...especially the propaganda posters. It also had a gorgeous old printing press and printer's desk that was used by the underground French resistance during World War II...and all I could think was, "Wow, wouldn't I love to have that desk in my craft room!" (Bad, I know...) Also on that property is the Dome des Invalides, which houses Napoleon's tomb. We were exhausted by the time we got there, so we did a quick in and out to snap a couple photos and say we saw it. :)
After that it was back to the hotel for a catnap, and then we wandered over to Pizza Chic for dinner. For appetizers we had papa al pomodoro smeared on bread, and some little grilled artichokes served with the creamiest buffalo mozzarella I've ever tased. Drizzled with some balsamic and it was divine! For the main course I had a four-cheese pizza that had the best pizza crust I've eaten. Overall, it's definitely worth going if you find yourself craving some Italian food while in Paris.
The little collage above has a snapshot of one of the flower stalls we saw after lunch, the Dome des Invalides and those delish macarons that didn't last very long at all. And then I think you can guess what the photo on the left is... :)