Though I was going to find some French candy to sketch since I’m currently in Paris, I didn’t get a chance today, so I made this lollipop instead. In truth, I’m not a huge fan of candy, preferring chocolate and other types of desserts instead. Today, we had café gourmand while meeting friends for lunch, which is my favorite dessert option of all, so it was a pretty wonderful day indeed. I snapped a photo so perhaps that will make an appearance in our upcoming prompt. Despite having not quite caught up on sleep, I’m doing rather well and managing to stay awake. Though, I’ll be glad when tomorrow arrives and I’ll be magically recalibrated to Paris time. The best part about the trip is that I’m walking like crazy, clocking in more exercise than I probably receive the entire year. This makes each baguette seem like a perfect reward and helps each baguette disappear properly, rather than leaving its marks on my waistline. With so many wonderful sweet and savory things to sample here, it still takes a lot of restraint to turn them down and not let my inner glutton take over entirely. Instead, I stick with my inner child who can get so wonderfully distracted by all of the sights and sounds that he doesn’t even notice that he’s skipped a treat or two.
Today, I chose a lollipop only because I felt like splashing several different colors around. I only remember having one or two as a child and mostly found them overly large and a bit cumbersome. But a pinwheel of color is always a lovely thing indeed. It’s winter here in Paris, so most of the color is offset by a perfectly gray sky and occasional light rain. The temperature is just a bit cool, but feels much colder when the blustery winds blast my face while rounding a corner of the street. But, I’m thrilled to be here with friends and family and so the weather is not really a concern at all. In these moments, I’m rather happy I’m not a tourist as this would be the worst possible time to come, save the cheap airline tickets. Yet, for us, it’s a wonderful time to be here as the sales are happening and so we’ll do a spot of shopping soon. My favorite clothing place is still waiting for me to arrive and pick up some fun things. And we have lots of plans made of lunches and dinners with friends and family, which is the entire point of the trip, so I’m excited for the days ahead! Assuming we keep managing to walk the several miles required to balance all of that lovely food and wine we’ve been enjoying.
Our little apartment is a lovely oasis to return to at the end of each day. It was a shop at one point, but has since been converted into a living space. I’d love to know what type of shop it was and what was sold here, but I can’t seem to find any information about it. That’s fine, as I can just invent the shop in my mind as I always do. Perhaps it was a place that sells lovely pastries and beautifully decorated cakes. Or, a tiny shoe shop or some other such shop that manages to still exist here in Paris, despite having already become extinct in the States. No matter what is was before, I know what it’s become, and it’s perfectly lovely. Tomorrow, we’ll have lunch with Philippe’s mother at one of our favorite little restaurants and then collect some things for a light dinner back here in the apartment again. These first few days pass blissfully slowly and I’m enjoying them as they last. By next week, everything will have sped up again and soon we’ll feel like we’re leaving just a bit too soon. For now, at least, we’re residents of Paris, enjoying each day as the locals might and enjoying it just a bit more knowing what we’ll be missing when we leave. Though, to them, days can seem normal and stressful, we have the luxury of living each one in a bit of a dream state, seeing only the good, making each and every day sweet like a lollipop.
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