Whilst the past two weeks started off considerably more quietly with so many friends having left Paris, that’s not to say that I haven’t been making the most of the little time I have left here. Summer seems to have finally arrived in Paris, so soaking up the sun is always a good plan! Myself and Boryana’s attempt to go to an open-air film showing in Saint-Cloud may have not gone to plan, resulting in getting lost in the banlieue and an entertaining bus adventure with wine and madeleines accompanied by funny looks – though it was an amusing evening nevertheless!
During the weekend I decided to tick a few more unusual sites off my list by completing my visit of the Musée Carnavalet and having a wander around the 5eme, finding Eglise Val-de-Grâce and the Arènes de Lutèce – Roman ruins that are now converted into a park. I then slumped back to Boryana’s for a lazy evening over a bottle of wine. The next day I made the most of the sun along the canal around Bastille with my Italian friend Adriana -though perhaps a bit too much, as I was rather pink by the end of the day…
During the week the regular gang went for drinks at Le Petit Bain, a really cool bar situated on a boat in the 13eme. The quai here is a great area to go to on a summer evening, lined with boats home to bars and restaurants as well as barbeques sizzling on land. River-side evenings seem to be becoming a bit of a theme given the recent glorious weather, as we then found ourselves having a picnic and enjoying music at Paris Berges, not too far from Musée d’Orsay and l’Assemblée Nationale. I have got to say, nothing beats a summer’s evening in Paris.
Just as I had thought my tour guide days were over, I found myself showing around some of Guillaume’s Australian friends the next day in the scorching heat. I was mainly following to be fair actually – I got to see things that I had even never seen! After a chill in one of my favourite parks parc Monceau, I headed off for yummy food, drinks and our traditional card game antics at Grégory’s. On the Sunday Boryana and I decided to adventure to Bois de Boulogne – somewhere I had been meaning to go to for a long time once the weather picked up. Such a tranquil and beautiful place to go to for a natural escape from smoggy Paris – though a bit too so, as we struggled to find any toilets!
And before I knew it, I was saying goodbye to another good friend and fellow resident member Boryana. For her last evening we made the most of a free concert on at Place de la République which was pretty cool. We then said our final farewells by having breakfast together – à la française of course – chocolate chipped brioche and fromage blanc. Gutted everyone is leaving – it’s making my departure more and more a reality with just over 3 weeks to go. Having finished my stage yesterday, I am hoping to make the most of having more free time for my last few weeks in France!