Dispatches from July 20
6 AM: Dead asleep on the airplane. Hooray!
“The best things in life are free, so pay us money and buy more things!” Thank you, duty-free store at Logan Airport.
9 AM: Eating a piece of airplane baguette. It is an excellent sign when one’s airplane food includes Beurre d’Isigny, which has PDO status. In other words, this lovely golden butter’s name is protected by law, like Dairy Champagne or something.
Noon: Dad and I meet at baggage claimand make our way to the apartment, which is beautifully furnished and right on the banks of the Seine! It’s the perfect home base for walking all around Paris.
3 PM: Apartment downside: we can’t get the promised WiFi (pronounced “wee-fee” here!) to function. After over an hour of struggling, we succumb to naptime.
6 PM: Skipping lunch made us ravenous, so we head out in search of a meal. We stroll a few streets and choose a sidewalk cafe at random. Tomato-mozzarella salad and chicken with mushroom sauce for Dad, ham and cheese omelette with green salad for me. People-watching for us both. Plus, this cafe (Le Florès) has Free WeeFee. Whee! See ye soon, cafe.
Omelettes love to people-watch.
9 PM: Still strolling in the balmy breeze. Paris is far enough north that the sun hasn’t set, but just hovers low and gentle over the Seine. On the rails of the river bridges, hundreds of tourists have fastened locks and hurled their keys into the water to ensure long-lasting love. It certainly adds a pretty shine.
Another cafe serves us roast cod, followed by a crepe topped with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. I try to memorize the days of the week in French.
Finally, the sun goes down, and we’re tired too. Paris will be there in the morning!