Life in the 7th

feetI have a temporary home in the 7th arrondissement tonight before heading to Brugge tomorrow.  We are staying on the 5th floor in the Hotel Kensington, and it doesn’t seem right what I paid for this view.  I’m sure a flat in this area would be near a million dollars, especially with the view we have.

My aunt has not spent much time in this area, so I took her on a little tour to Rue Cler.  After seeing new areas in Paris on this trip, I can understand why Rue Cler is Rick Steves’ favorite.  If you picture Paris charm coming from cheese shops, markets, locals shopping for their daily meal, and a view of the Eiffel Tower, then this is the neighborhood for you.

We stopped for lunch at one of the Boulangeries where I like to grab a sandwich.  A meal for about 4 Euros is a pretty sweet deal in Paris.  The bread is crusty and chewy.  I felt like a cave woman gnawing away at muscles from the animal my husband just brought home.  The French must have strong jaws.  I enjoy my eating workout as I watch everyone scoot along the pedestrian street with their ingredients for the day.

I’ve got a weird sensation behind my knee (and I’m praying I haven’t torn something), so we just walked along the Seine to sit in the Tuileries.  Even though I was just there yesterday, I enjoyed the visit today just as much.

I write lying in my bed that has a view over the tree tops of the avenue.  The reflection in the open window is what I envision when I close my eyes and think of Paris.  Double-decker tour buses pass below, and I feel I should wave from my balcony.  I am spoiled today.

12 thoughts on “Life in the 7th

  1. Last time in Paris, we stayed at Le Muguet, with sparkling Eiffel Tower view…gorgeous at night. Your photos bing back great memories. I remember on Rue Cler eating lunch at a conner bistro – the simply prepared potatoes that accompanied the chicken were the best I ever tasted.

    1. I think sometimes simple foods in great locations really heighten the flavor. I remember eating a tomato in Italy and thinking it was one of the most flavorful things I’d ever eaten.

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