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1. Do we ever meet Chris to get into a flat to get a shower?
Actually, no. After finally getting into the other flat, we took a shower and went to meet Chris in front of a grocery store near the area where our purchased flat is located, Rue Cler. I guess Chris’ meeting was still going on, so he sent a friend to meet us and show us our new abode.
2. Will Jon’s phone ever get charged?
YES! Jon snuck into someone else’s apartment, found an outlet, and charged the phone enough so we could finally get the code so we could take a shower. Shhh, don’t tell anyone! Je ne parlez pas francais!?
3. Do we get deported back to the USA for trespassing?!
Plain and simple, no.
So, after one very long day, we were excited to start exploring Paris. On our first real day of adventure, Wednesday, we bought a quiche with champignons (mushrooms), a tartine, some Orangina and had a lovely lunch on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower. It definitely wasn’t easy to order our food since we had no idea what the protocol was or what our server was asking/telling us. Jon and I both felt so stupid and we were determined to start learning some easy phrases to get us through this week.
European Vacation Clip – NOT SAFE FOR CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO CAN READ!
During our lunch, everyone around us was posing with the Eiffel Tower and doing some silly things, so I thought I would try a few poses, as well. The first set of pictures we took were deleted (THANKS, Jon! Geesh!). The 2nd set weren’t as good, but I guess they’ll have to do. After our Eiffel Tower visit and some exploring of our neighborhood, we came back and I slept… still exhausted from the previous day.
Before heading to dinner, we decided to experiment with our French. Jon put me to the test as we headed into a Tabac shop to purchase a 4-day museum pass. I said, “Bonjour! Parlez-vous anglais?” The young girl was tickled by my limited French, and responded with a smile and said “A little.” We succeeded and I started to feel a lot more confident with talking en Francais! After that, we ate at a place called Le Petit Cler for dinner. We both enjoyed le plat du jour, which was basically pork ribs and mashed potatoes.
After dinner we headed to the Musee Rodin. There are beautiful well-manicured gardens around the property, including sculptures of The Thinker and Victor Hugo. You can check out some of the photos from our visit below.