Sunday Picnic in the Park

Selfie on the balcony
Selfie on the balcony

Today’s start was very different than yesterday’s. Unfortunately, we lost an hour due to the time change overnight, but that didn’t matter too much since we had a solid 7 hours of sleep. I think that yesterday’s marathon walking session was great for ridding our bodies of jetlag. We started off with a delicious breakfast of bread, jam, cheese, dried meats, coffee and juice.

After breakfast we headed out for the day. With no real agenda we started meandering our way from the hotel to Saint Germain des Pres Church. We poked our heads in the church and started to walk around, but found that the Sunday service’s tithing had just begun so we politely made our way back out to Rue Saint Germain.

My idea of the best seat in the house.  Lunch in the park.
My idea of the best seat in the house. Lunch in the park.

For whatever reason we had forgotten that just about everything is closed down on Sundays, we could barely find a baguette to buy. We did eventually  find one of our favorite farmer’s markets, strolled through and picked up some jams and an apple and vanilla compote to bring home. It was getting close to noon and we wanted to have lunch in the park, so we headed toward Luxembourg Gardens and grabbed a couple ham and cheese baguettes and two chocolate éclairs for our Sunday picnic in the park.

Once we got to the park we found our spot, pulled together a couple of the green reclining chairs and set up our picnic. It was pretty much perfect in everyway.  The weather was 65 and sunny, the park was full of families, we had great food sitting in front of us and we didn’t have anywhere we needed to be.

Looking down the Champs Elysees toward the Arc de Triomphe
Looking down the Champs Elysees toward the Arc de Triomphe

After a nice rest we decided to head over to the Champs Elysees for a stroll and a little shopping.  While most other stores are closed on Sunday, the stores on Champs Elysees are nearly all open.  That meant it was a bit of zoo, but it’s Paris on a Sunday afternoon on the Champs Elysees on a beautiful spring day; we were ok with the crowds.

We grabbed a taxi home and have been sitting out on the balcony overlooking the Pantheon ever since.  Day two…perfect.

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