Today was extremely busy. We started by standing on the long queue to climb 422 stairs to the top of the Notre Dame church. The view from the top covers most of Paris very nicely.
From there we went to a close by store named “Sheakspeare and co”. Its a special bookstore, filled with English books. The workers there are actually going writers who get to sleep there for free, and they need to work in the shop for a few hours a week. How cool is that?
We continued to Sainte Chapelle, which is very nice from the inside but was going through renovations.
I was excited to realize my new German passport provides me a free access to all of these monuments. We continued to the Latin quarter, where we ate at an Italian restaurant and then visited the Panteon. That building holds the bodies of France’s most important people. I was excited to see the grave of Victor Hugo, who wrote Les Miserables (as well as other novels obviously).
After the Pantheon we went to see Luxembourg gardens. The grass was filled with Parisians who had decided to take full use of the sun and get some tan. It seems that weird people are all around this city, this time we saw a group dressed like bunnies dancing around.
We ended the day by going to a nice wine & cheese place to meet Cloé, who studied with me German in Berlin last August. It was lots of fun to see her again. While sitting at that place I spotted a girl with a Here shirt that says ” בחורה להביא לאמא” (a girl to bring for mom), which obviously amused me. I talked to her and found out she was French, but lived in Israel for three years and was looking for someone to teach her Hebrew. Funny things happen here all the time 🙂