I think this may have been my favorite day…(Part III)


So we’d explored St. Denis, seen the basilica, marveled at the Rodin and arrived home exhausted.  We decided to just take it easy this evening and rent a movie.  Well we were home for less than an hour before Paris started calling us back outside.  The evening was shaping up to be perfect and the view from our window was enticing.  Plus our favorite ice cream shop was sounding the siren’s call…we were doomed.  Instead of pulling a Ulysses and stuffing our ears with wax we succumbed and made our way down the 109 stairs and were back out on the streets.

Up to Isle St. Louis and Amarino where we deliberated over our flavor choices.  I settled for raspberry and pistachio and, as always, it was not only delicious but pretty.

Deliciousness!

Deliciousness!

Scotty tucking into his black cherry and nutella!  Yes, they had chocolate hazelnut ice cream!

Scotty tucking into his black cherry and nutella! Yes, they had chocolate hazelnut ice cream!

And then it was time to walk it all off.  We decided to walk along the north bank of the Seine as we really have been spending the vast majority of our time on the other side.  Additionally Paris Plage (or Paris Beach) had been set up and we wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  As it was after dark the beaches were pretty empty but we did spot a fitness display that looked like fun – and we were needing to burn off some of these ice cream calories!

Scotty getting a hang of things on the "treadmill/elyptical".

Scotty getting a hang of things on the "treadmill/elyptical".

It was a lot harder than it looked!

It was a lot harder than it looked!

Very popular section of the "beach

Very popular section of the "beach".

After our “workout” we stopped to watch a balloon artist – he’s quite talented and was sure a hit with the children.

Making a balloon poodle.

Making a balloon poodle.

We continued wandering until we came to the Louvre and spotted a pedestrian bridge that was brimming with activity. Pont du Carrousel is a wooden bridges that crosses the the Seine just before it is split by Isle de Cité.  People had brought their picnics out and taken up spots on the bridge.

Pont du Carrousel

Pont du Carrousel

We lingered here for quite a while, snapping pictures of the changing light, watching the sun set and the moon rise behind the Eiffel Tower.  It was enchanting and so romantic.

View up toward the Isles from Pont du Carrousel

View up toward the Isles from Pont du Carrousel when we first arrived.

After the sunset.

After the sunset.

The Eiffel Tower and the moon.

The Eiffel Tower and a delicate crescent moon.

Across the bridge to the Institute de France - check out the color of that sky!

Across the bridge to the Institute de France - check out the color of that sky!

We then walked back along the Left Bank, savoring the City of Lights, taking in the sounds, sights, and smells of this charming city.  It was just one of those perfect nights to share with someone you love and I couldn’t have been happier to be able to share it with Scotty.

The Louvre

The Louvre

Boats on the Seine

Boats on the Seine

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

At this point we really had only had ice cream since lunch so we were starving – it was around 10:30 and we’d walked all over kingdom come today so we made our was into the tourist trap that is Bacteria Alley (a lively crowded collection of North African and Middle Eastern restaurants at Cluny, St. Michel and St. Germain) and bought a delicious kabob from this man:

This guy not only makes amazing kabobs, he dances while he does it!

This guy not only makes amazing kabobs, he dances while he does it!

This area is buzzing with activity at all hours and was packed.  We settled into a corner while we shared the kabab and people-watched.

Bacteria Alley - as it is derisively called by the locals!

Bacteria Alley - as it is derisively called by the locals!

Stomachs full, we headed back to our quiet street – thankful that we had a comfy bed waiting for us.  We would have just collapsed into bed but we have to climb a ladder to get there and it’s difficult to collapse off a ladder into bed, so we dragged our exhausted selves up that darn ladder and were quickly sound asleep!  What a great day.

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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2 Responses to I think this may have been my favorite day…(Part III)

  1. POP says:

    Thanks for taking us along for this enchanted evening……I want to frame these shots and plaster my office walls with them….just beautiful.

  2. Bethy Manor says:

    Definitely romantic!

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