On my second day in Paris (Sunday, May 28) my jetlag has begun to subside and I already find myself falling into the rhythm of Parisian life. Yesterday morning (Saturday, May 27), I met a family friend of mine at the airport and we took a train from the airport to my family friend’s apartment. Once there, I had a short nap in a successful attempt to counter the jetlag, and then I went out with the son of this family friend to explore the city on foot. We walked to the nearby Sacre Coeur de Montmartre, passing several other gardens on the way there. Along the way my friend pointed out the cafe where Amélie Poulain (from the film Amélie) worked, and I practiced my French with him as we walked. After returning home for a short period, I went out by myself to buy a few groceries and a baguette, and then cooked a quick dinner.
This morning (Sunday May 28), we skipped breakfast and walked to the Japanese quarter, where we ate a delicious brunch consisting of yakisoba noodles, seafood, and some kind of fried dumpling-like food which was covered with a generous mound of chives. After strolling through a few nearby gardens it began to rain heavily, so we made our way back to the apartment by metro.
Perhaps tonight, if the weather cooperates, we will go out and get a drink in a bar, or if not, maybe I will stay in and draw a bit.
After the rain subsided on Sunday, I did indeed go out with my family friend to visit a local bar, but only after stepping out to pick up a few groceries and making some quick sketches of the roses in a nearby park. The bar was small and cozy, and it had one small concert room in the basement where a local band played. I enjoyed the music – which was some kind of alternative punk rock – as well as a pint of the local lager – and then we returned home for the night.