After a busy day at work on Monday, I put my out-of-office on and hopped on the Eurostar to Paris. My muscles were (and still are) aching after the half marathon, but it felt so good to be on holiday.
Olivier met me at Gare du Nord with a huge smile and plenty of hugs and kisses. Since then we’ve been relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. (And eating a LOT of pastry.)
Last night we went out to dinner at “Les Ombres”, the restaurant above the Musée du Quai Branly, which has an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower on one side and the river on the other. We were celebrating Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s Day and my birthday, all at once. The food was good, but what you really pay for in a place like that is the view. Afterwards, we went to a little bar near Montparnasse for cocktails.
Today we meant to spend all afternoon in Paris but our post-lunch siesta ended up stretching out for most of the afternoon! We eventually made it outside, bought takeaway coffee and went for a wander in the Jardins du Luxembourg in the late afternoon sun.
When spring begins to show itself in Paris, the Parisians flock to the parks and cafe tables on the street and turn their faces to the sun like sunflowers. Even though it’s still cold and the trees are still bare, people wrap up warmly and head outside to drink in the sunshine.
The Jardins du Luxembourg were full of elderly Parisians taking their grandchildren to play with the boats on the duck pond.
Even though most of the trees are bare, some are already showing signs of life.
As we walked through Saint-Germain-Des -Prés, the light cast a beautiful golden glow on the crumbling Paris stone.
We then walked along the Seine and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon until it started to get too cold and we decided to make our way home.
Tomorrow we will be less lazy and not stay in bed until the day is nearly gone.