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.
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!
After our “workout” we stopped to watch a balloon artist – he’s quite talented and was sure a hit with the children.
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.
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.
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.
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 area is buzzing with activity at all hours and was packed. We settled into a corner while we shared the kabab and people-watched.
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.