Detour: Paris

In a departure from our hexagonal trip, we stayed in Paris for a week – the longest stretch we’ve been there since 1996 – in a large, sunny studio with a tiny kitchen and the smallest bathroom I’ve ever seen outside of a dollhouse. The 18th arrondissement was absolutely packed with tourists – who says there’s an economic crisis?

View of Paris from Eiffel Tower
View from the Eiffel Tower © LKL

I had a whole list of places I wanted to visit, and we made it to most of them, including Fauchon, the gourmet grocer where I bought some terrific tomato-truffle sauce, and E. Dehillerin, supplier of professional – and incredibly expensive – cooking supplies. Prices aren’t listed anywhere that I could see, so arriving at the caisse was a real eye-opener.

Jardin de Luxembourg Paris
Jardin de Luxembourg © LKL

We rented bikes a couple of times when walking got to be too much, picnicked in Jardin de Luxembourg, Parc de la Villette, and Bois de Boulogne – we also rented a row boat in the latter. And we had coffee at Les Deux Magots, went to the top of the Eiffel Tower (thanks to online reservations, took a cruise along the Seine, and rode La Grande Roue. All in all, a great week.

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