Out With Erin

Exploring the Beauty of YYC and Beyond

We packed up our bags this morning, headed through our traboules to the train station, ready for our final destination: Paris! The train ride was a mere two hours, and with a baguette and cheese, the journey went rather quickly. 

Leaving the train station behind in a furry, we were ready to walk into the city of lights. Fun fact: Do you know why Paris is called the city of lights? Apparently, back in 1889, it was one of the first cities to start using streets lights. Using these lights meant that people no longer had to the spend the evenings in their houses, but could instead be safe and more productive. Perhaps that is why Paris is still a lively and bustling place!

Walking along the Seine River to our Air B&B, the sun shone brightly, the air blew through our hair (or maybe just mine), and we were completed surrounded by gorgeous views, every direction we looked: A long wavey river, massive boats, old buildings, and beautiful flowers. The view that caught my eye the most was that of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Pearched on the naturally formed Île de la Cité, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of Gothic French architecture, and home to the infamous Quasimodo. Although I thought I saw Quasi swinging to ring the church bell at 4:00pm, I know for certain what I saw was a gorgeous cathedrals surrounding by beautifully blooming cherry blossom trees. 

Finally, we checked into our adorably tiny but centrally located room, and set out to get our bearings in our new location. We ended up stopping along the way for another amazing dinner. We’re getting quite use to these €25 set meals. 

Course 1: For me mussels and for Daniel escargot, and of course an incredible bottle of Côte du Rhone wine. 

Course 2: I chose the duck while Daniel had the salmon. 

Course 3: I couldn’t resist a creme brûlée, and Daniel tried the profiteroles, and as always, was accompanied by an espresso. 

The crazy thing about Paris is everywhere you look, you’re surrounded by the most beautiful and incredibly old architecture. I just can’t get enough of it and am looking forward to exploring this city for the next few days. 

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