For our prompt of “drinks” today, since I’m in Paris, one might expect I’d show you a lovely espresso. But, after several walking miles, we delightfully paused briefly this afternoon and I decided to have a bit of Irish coffee instead. I’m not sure why I felt Irish whiskey was needed, but with the cold breeze it felt like exactly the right thing in the moment. Also, I actually am Irish, so it just felt right. Today, we went on a bit of a shopping spree and purchased some new clothes, which always makes me rather happy. Getting them all at half price, due to the sales currently happening, made me even happier. Since I’m not used to walking this much, this was also the first day that I felt the burn, so the speak. My legs were starting to ache and forgotten little muscles I’m rather glad to know I still have are all in a bit of stiff pain at the moment. I’m actually fine as long as I keep walking, but the moment I stop, it’s a bit harder to get going again. But, it’s a small price to pay for an absolutely delightful break, and a price I really should pay since I’m eating enough carbs to run a full marathon.
This evening we traveled to Philippe’s brother’s place, which is very close to Disneyland Paris, for a crèpe party. We did this on the last visit and it’s totally fun. There’s a little heating device with 6 little circles in it so each person can cook their own tiny crèpe. You then add ham and cheese, or salmon and cheese, or a few of each, which is what I opted for in the end. After the savory crèpe, a bit of rum was added as we switched to crêpes sucrées and enjoyed a bit of dessert. This is my favorite part as it comes with a can of whipped cream. Though chocolate and caramel are options to add, I mostly just have fruit with a bit of cream. And yes, just a dollop of whipped cream all by itself at the end. This is also why the incessant walking is an absolute must while we’re here. Otherwise, we’d balloon up like pufferfish by the time we left. But, thankfully, everything balances out, and we’re the same size as when we arrived. As if I didn’t already adore Paris, this makes me love it even more. Fabulous food with a built-in gym you simply can’t avoid is a genius invention if there ever was one.
It’s also actually Wednesday now here and already past 1am, since I can often only write these posts when we’re back in our apartment. Back home, we’d be passed out by now, but we’ve been sleeping in a bit while we’re here and our schedule has shifted quite a few hours. Tomorrow night we’re taking Philippe’s mother to the theatre so I’m really looking forward to that. And best of all, tonight I got to not only paint with my niece, but also sing songs and play games as well. Turns out she’s a huge fan of Frozen and played one of the songs (in French) over and over again while singing along. I captured the entire performance on video. I thought it was only going to be a few lines and then she’d get shy, but she performed for the camera and completed the entire song with the cutest dramatic flair. Then she kicked our butts in a Frozen-themed game of concentration, where you flip over cards trying to remember which ones will make a match. I came in second with a respectable pile of cards, and Philippe third with only two, but during the game, she helped her tonton Charlie by slyly pointing to the correct one. It was truly the perfect day of silly fun, which also included something as simple and unexpected as an Irish coffee in Paris.
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