and slice off a piece.
Ham and cheese for a little protein. Amazing way to start my day.
And then I headed out into the streets and this is what I found. Shortly after I left the hotel a Parisian man stopped me and started talking to me. He started out in French and then switched to English for me. He told me how lucky I was to get to see Paris in the snow. He told me to appreciate how quiet the city is in the snow. We talked for a few minutes and then he headed off with his little dog to continue their walk. Norwegians are very reserved and that made all of my interactions with the French, who are very outgoing, all the more memorable.
A random house with its gardens all covered in snow.
It was about this point in time that I realized my boot was coming apart. It was still snowing steadily and my foot was getting very wet and cold. I thought I could keep going though, so I headed for the Metro and headed to Garibaldi, the stop that would take me to the Flea Markets.
When I walked in there were a few people hanging out. I ordered a cafe au lait and prepared to sit at a table by myself. I was invited to sit with this kind folks, there table was right next to the radiator and I appreciated their kindness. They invited me to play this dice game with them, but I was content to watch. The woman on the left spoke English, the man on the right did not. I found myself trying to remember as much of my high school French as I could.
This was a different book store. I just loved the way his store looked. He had some absolutely beautiful books. I found a 6 volume set of Bibles in French from 1819 that I really wanted to bring home, but at 100 Euros for the set. It was not meant to be.
After hours of walking around in the snow this is what my boot looked like. I went back to my hotel to gather my things and check out and I took the time to dry out my socks, but as soon as I stepped back outside my feet were soaked again. I had seen a shoe store the night before, but they were closed because it was Sunday. I headed back to the flea market to see what I could find. That was a long 10 minute walk with snow caught inside my boot.
I found a vendor who had a surprising collection of cowboy boots. I found this fun pair for only 50 Euros. They are from Spain, I believe. They kept my feet very warm and dry, they were not the most comfortable walking shoes, but I am still glad that I got them.
I loved these frames. The one with a price tag was 150 Euros, but they were very large and substantial.
This rack of furs was inside the Marche Serpett. This was a very upscale area. I walked through taking in the sights, but I new I was out of my league.
When it was almost time for me to leave I finally found my flea market. Vernaison had so many fun things, at very middle of the road prices. There were still some expensive things, but you could find some deals too. I think the fact that I was low on cash and time was a good thing, otherwise I would have gotten myself in trouble. The easiest way to find this market is to take the Purple, number 4 line all the way to the end at Porte de Clignacourt. Walk north, cross under the highway, go to your second left and then look for these small little signs that will take you down alleys that are all filled with vendors and their booths.
The view from Pont Neuf.
A group of musicians performing in a Metro station. I heard several musicians in the couple of days I spent on the metro. This was by far the largest group I saw, they had attracted quite the crowd.
Walking down the street, this bicycle was parked in front of a hotel. I saw it both days I was there and I loved the color, the basket, and the idea of riding a basket like that around Paris.
At the Louvre, the bottom of the pyramid.
The two story Apple store, it was packed!
Walking down the Champs Elysees. It was a beautiful sight.
Even the bathrooms seem so chic here. Can yo see the little WC sign?
And then I was back onto the metro and out to Porte Maillot to catch the bus back to Beauvais. I know it was a very short trip, but it was just what I needed. I was back in Oslo by that evening and up and around with the kids Monday morning. I love that I was able to take this trip very affordably. Now I am ready come back next month with the whole family!