Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus
So today was the field trip to Montmarte, the Red Light District and one of the most artistic areas of Paris. We visited the Moulin Rouge and then explored around the artist alleys, watching people out painting in the streets, selling their paintings and offering to paint portraits. It was almost like stepping back in time. It's like nothing you would really see back home. The scene was so serene and peaceful even in it's busy and crowded way. Surrounded by the people of the market it's just... so surreal.
We went to a very nice restaurant for lunch and the food was amazing! I had a bowl of onion soup and it had bread and cheese already in it and it was so amazingly delicious though it was a bit too salty to eat the whole bowl! We also ordered a tray of different cheeses and tried some of them. I really liked two of them... but the cheese with the blue stuff in it was not really my thing...
Then when the field trip was over I went and explored some of the fabric shops around (there were a TON of them on this street for some reason) and it was really neat seeing all the types of fabric. We went to one store that was five stories of fabric. It was intense. However, I really had my heart set on going back to the Japanese Lolita Boutique.. so off I went!
I rode all over Paris on the Metro. I probably took six or seven metros today and rode all over, transferring from here to there. I was so proud of myself for finding my way around fairly easily and eventually meeting Rachel before we headed out to do some shopping!
I was so excited, I finally got to go and explore some of the Lolita boutiques and see actually name brand gothic lolita brands from Japan. Odd to find in Paris, I know, but it makes sense that the fashion capital would have a little of everything. One thing I have been surprised about was finding things in my size... everything is too big! It's very sad, I didn't think I would have such a hard time finding smaller sizes here since most of the Europeans I have seen have been much smaller than Americans (length and width wise).
After that Rachel and I went and had tea and pastries and discussed what else to do for the day...So we went off to find one more Lolita boutique and try our luck there. We managed to navigate through the metro safely and found the shop without trouble! It was so much fun, I tried on some of the shoes and one dress that was too big. Afterwards we explored the rest of the stores and I bought a pair of leggings to wear around since they seem so popular here! I'm really enjoying just browsing around and seeing all that I can.
I'm considering not going on all of my trips out of Paris since there is still so much of Paris I want to see and time is running so short. There are still a lot of museums I want to go to and a lot of stores and things I want to get to visit. Paris is so huge it's hard to believe that you could ever really see everything. Everyday is a new adventure and I never really know where I will end up next. In that way I feel kind of like a vagabond, just aimlessly drifting wherever the wind (or the metro) may take me.
Tomorrow I am helping do interviews about the trip, or rather I'm going to be interviewed about the trip and talk about what I liked! That will be a lot of fun! And then also there is a Paquette (sp?) game tomorrow I'm playing in. It's apparently some sort of French sport? I'm not really sure at all, I guess I'll find out tomorrow after class!