Bonjour tout le monde!
I hope everyone is safe! It’s so strange being across the ocean and reading about how your home country is simultaneously burning and drowning. I’m sending lots of love to you!
My routine hasn’t changed much since my last update. I’m slowly taking steps to have all of the necessary things to function, like a bank account, phone and metro pass. It’s a slow process but I’ve been doing fine managing without them! Thankfully, because I’m taking language classes, I’m a student, which means I can get a discounted rate riding the metro and get into museums for free! However, I don’t get my I.D. until the beginning of October when classes start.
Because I’m still forming a routine/flying solo, when I go on adventures, I usually end up walking for hours stopping to people watch, read or try to draw something. On Monday morning, I took a free walking tour of Montmartre and learned so much! My tour guide showed us some of the filming locations of Amelie, one of my FAV movies, and pointed out some areas where painters like Picasso and Van Gogh spent their time. She also showed us an alternative way up the top to avoid the many many tourists and hecklers. *Praise hands*
I’ve been trying to take note of things happening that might normally go unnoticed. Here are some of my favorites:
I walked through the Jardin du Luxembourg and could smell the Lavender from 30 feet away. Heaven.
One afternoon, I was walking towards a cafe, very focused on the podcast I was listening to and I looked to my right and saw the BIGGEST, FLUFFIEST dog I may have ever seen, looking completely majestic (and hilarious), staring at me from the window of a tiny car.
One particularly windy day, A woman’s scarf was blown off her neck and her husband dutifully chased it down. They laughed and walked away arm’s linked.
While meandering last Saturday, I came across a group of musicians probably about my age, playing jazz-ish music (I’m really bad at genre naming). If I’m being honest, the music wasn’t amazing, but their carefree and joyful attitude was very contagious. Just some musicians living their best lives playing along the Seine :)
They were playing close to a bridge called Pont Alexandre III, it’s one of the more famous bridges in Paris. It’s got the characteristic large black street lamps and a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. That being said, people watching here is PRIME. I saw four bridal photoshoots! There was also a woman dressed like a 1950’s model channelling some Audrey Hepburn vibes. It was very entertaining.
I honestly tried to intentionally take photos this week, but when I set out to use Madison's DSLR (which she gracious let me borrow) it died literally after I took the first picture. What luck. So, for now I present my attempts to take nice photos with my iPhone.
Recently my sister and I have become obsessed with French Bulldogs because CUTE. They also look like Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, haha. So, here is a very creepy photo I took while trying to be sneaky. Judge all you want.
C'est tout pour maintenant!