we are back || PARIS
We are back from our Paris-Chicago house-swap adventure. Despite being repeatedly told that EVERYTHING will be closed in August and the city will be quiet — it was not true. In fact it turned into a bit of a joke for us when we would come across packed sidewalks, streets & stores with long lines out the door — ‘EVERYTHING is closed’ we would say. We had to pay for ‘skip the line’ tickets to avoid 2 hour waits. It was busy and, although in some neighborhoods small family run businesses were closed there were plenty of places that were unique and local that remained open. It just required planning and calling ahead to make sure there were no disappointments upon arrival.
We ate a lot. We ate fussy french cuisine — that at times made us feel like the french were stuck in the 90’s. We ate casual french bistro fare — that more often than not were our favorite meals. We ate in some new kitchens that had a modern take on traditional french comfort food bringing it to a whole new level. There was a great deal of bread consumed and dare I say it — when in France — foie gras washed down with rose and bubbles.
The house-swap / home exchange was a huge success — and we are ready to do it all over again — except for that 45 minutes when we thought we had lost the only key to the house, and that we were going to have to get a hotel for the night. The family we swapped with had a wonderful and HUGE loft / warehouse space for us to call home. We even got a pet cat in the deal – making the ‘live like a local’ experience even more real.
And then there was the obsession with finding that surprising view of the Eiffel Tower everyday. She is an amazing piece of work. For more instagram snaps click here. More details to come. In the meantime here is what we got up to on this map.