Ah oui, Paris. A truly bustling metropolis. A city that always has something to offer. In only 2 days i feel confident that I can sum up this city de l'amour in 3 words. Food, wine, and sex. No matter what district you find yourself in there is always countless cafés, brasseries, and bars de vin. It doesn't seem to make a difference what the time of day, the countless options of eateries are never empty. And, especially in the summer months, never fall short on offering a view of some beautiful architecture. Chatelet boasts numerous vibrant spots, while in Montmartre you can pray in the most beautiful of churches, sacré couer, and within a short stroll find yourself completely intoxicated in one, or many of the numerous bars with amazing views of the city below. And once you've had too much to drink, or still want more, you can take another short stroll into the moulin rouge district which offers a plethora of sex shops all adorned with bright, neon lights. The Latin Quarter is essential if you're looking for a 3 course meal under 15€, and a good one at that. For 18€ I enjoyed a soupe l'oignon aka French onion soup, a Parisian style crèpe complète with ham, cheese, and egg, followed by a beautiful crème caramel dessert. To top it all off that included a delightful and very large glass of Sauvignon blanc from the Loire valley region. So as expensive as that may seem at first, if you are travelling like me, it suffices more than perfectly for a days worth of eating.
As i walk the streets past the neverending cafes I notice how the tables are almost always set up facing the street as if to encourage the patrons to be an audience to the show of the streets of Paris.
Warning: Watch out for the money scammers! You will be asked many times if you speak English. Get into the habit of answering 'no' to that question! In addition, if anyone asks you if you dropped your ring, decline immediately. Also, there are no deaf and blind people they're raising money for. Learn to spot these people before they peg your vulnerability as a traveller.