July 4th in Paris


Well our 4th of July did not involve any of the traditions I’ve been reading about – thanks for sharing by the way! Loved reading about your celebrations.  Scotty and I spent about 9-10 hours today exploring 6 arrondissements and walking nearly 11 miles – in our flip flops!  By the time we got home we were completely wiped out!  From our flat we made our way up Rue de Moufftard and up toward St. Germaine where we stumbled on a market in full swing.  I saw the biggest liver I’ve ever seen – it had to have weighed 5-7 pounds.  Also saw some beef tongue, brains, all sorts of seafood, gorgeous flowers and beautiful produce. Our trip then took us all around Isle de La Cité where we saw more of Notre Dame along with Saint Chapelle, Palais de Justice, Rue de Jardine, and Pt. Dauphine.  I love this little part of Paris – it really give you a feel for what the city was like before Haussmann got ahold of it and worked his wonders on it – but, of course, all improvement comes at a cost.  Once we were through with the little Isle we made our way over the Pont Neuf and walked up the Seine toward the Louvre.  Before tackling the Louvre we enjoyed an omelette outside a café – yummy!  Following lunch we walked through parts of the 1st Ere checking out the chichi shopping along with the Bibliothéque Nationale where Scotty is going to be checking out some original sources for his dissertation.  We then found our way to the Jardin du Palais Royal where we took a break on a bench and enjoyed the scenery.  We were joined by a very friendly French lady who chatted our ears off for a few minutes before we moved on.  Next was the Palais Royal and then back toward the Louvre.  In the Louvre’s courtyard we found road-weary tourists dipping their feet in the fountains.  I thought this sounded like a great idea and promptly joined them.  I love I.M. Pei’s pyramids in the Louvre courtyard.  I think they’re brilliant!  And seeing the people drawn to the fountains and enjoying the actual structures that make up his great addition made me appreciate them even more.  Following our stop at the Louvre (which we had already planned to visit on Sunday when it’s free to enter) we made our way through the gorgeous Jardin des Tuileries.  While we were walking there one of the gypsies approached us and asked us if we spoke English.  When we answered in the affirmative, she unfolded a little card that was written out in English.  Having been warned about this sort of scheme we shook our heads and kept walking.  Just as we were passing her a policeman on a bicycle rode up to her and without stopping, reached out his hand, very delicately took the card, and kept going.  He didn’t stop.  He didn’t say anything.  It was hilarious.  Pristine, understated, and very effective.  Of course, Scotty and I got a laugh out of that.  We continued on and walked along the Seine past the Place de la Concorde to Pont Alexander III – a gorgeous, opulent bridge.  Crossing over we then walked through the Esplanade des Invalides where we stopped for an hour and enjoyed a café and citron pressé.  Renergized we took in some of the market streets, stumbling upon a store called The Real McCoy that stocked every American junk food an expat could crave.  Kraft Mac&Cheese, Marshmellow Fluff, Duncan Hines Cake Mixes.  We found it entertaining and appropriate for our 4th of July.  Next was the Parc du Champs de Mars where we saw a Harvard Alumni group celebrating in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.  The park was jammed full of people and the plaza beneath the Eiffel was swarming.  Deciding we’d probably had about enough for now we returned to the Seine and made the long trek home – turning off on St. Germaine and enjoying a delicious (and I must say, well earned) street crepe from our favorite little stand.  Oh my!  It was exhausting but so much fun.  Now I’m off to ice my feet 🙂

About Rebecca

Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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3 Responses to July 4th in Paris

  1. patty says:

    Your pictures are wonderful…keep them coming! Independence day! Will you be there for Bastille day?

    • Rebecca says:

      We WILL! We’re planning on joining the 1,000,000 other people who go down to the Eiffel Tower to watch the fireworks! It should be fun…if completely crazy!

  2. POP says:

    Fantastic!

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