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So, I am very behind on my blogging timeline here.

Because this next string of images is from almost two weeks ago – at the Butte Montmartre.

Montmartre, itself, is a great neighborhood that I recommend you visit if you are ever in Paris – full of old world charm, small shops, and classic cafe’s (aside from the Starbucks of course).  There’s the Red Light district (Moulin Rouge, Le Chat Noir…), the fabric district (I wish I knew how to sew, I would be in heaven), and even the cafe featured in “Amelie” (just looking on IMDB, I guess that is the neighborhood the whole story was based…like I said, great neighborhood).

So the “Butte Montmartre” is kind of the icing on the cake.

Montmartre is north, and is the highest point in Paris (to find out ‘how high’ and all the other technical details, go here).  So when you reach the top, or the “butte”, you can see all of Paris.  Kind of like the Eiffel Tower, except free.

At the top, there is the Basilica Sacre Coeur, a Roman-Catholic church.

and then on down there are a multiple number of stairs to lead your way towards the city…

The most famous being a staircase called, The stairs of Rue Foyatier.

I did not climb these stairs, there have been enough stairs for me to climb since I’ve been here, and I’ve already lost a good pant size as it is…but it looks like a good trek – yes, a good trek indeed.  In fact, if you are unwilling to take the stairs they do have a solution – a gondola-like ride right next to these famous steps (I did not photograph that wonderful eye-sore).

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Bonjour mon amis!

…well, it’s day two here in Paris, and without going into all of the emotional baggage, it has been hard to adjust.

I always knew that I just knew a little French…but I didn’t know how little that indeed was.  Putting sentences together is not my specialty at the moment.  Sure, I can say all sorts of French things in my head, and they sound absolutely lovely (some of which, I’m not sure what they mean, but they are in there), but once I start to speak, it becomes a mix of stuttering half French/half English babble.

Frankly put, after a lovely but embarrassing dinner party upon my arrival last night, I was a little fearful of going outside on my own to buy food.

It took the morning and most of the afternoon before I decided that my bag of ‘airplane snack’ pumpkin seeds was just not going to be enough substance for the day.  I made a plan, I would only buy things that I knew how to pronounce – took a deep breath – put on my coat and boots – and headed out the door.

In the end, I succeeded in buying all of the things that I set out for, with only a small amount of embarrassment.  Who knew buying produce would be such a task?!…

Here is what I purchased:

Trois Oranges,

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Deux Pommes,

apples

Une Petite Baguette,

baguette

et Une Eclair Cafe (impulse purchase and YUMMY!)

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And yes, it was very nice to finally get outside, and walk around – just had to let go of that initial fear.

Tomorrow is another day, and I certainly have a lot of time to explore!

I’m pretty sure language lessons are in my not too distant future as well – then perhaps I won’t be just eating fruit and baguettes!?

 

 

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