This was supposed to be the day we flew home, however, due to a flight cancellation, we had this extra day…..Which ended up being both my mother and my FAVORITE day!!
Notre Dame Cathedral
As mentioned above, this unexpected day ended up being by far the most enjoyable! I felt relaxed and at ease
Lesson: Sometimes no plan is the best plan after all.
This strongly leads back to being present. I was able to put my anxiety aside (this was a difficult challenge, but a lot of self-talk allowed me to!) and enjoy the day and the time and the moment with my favorite person, my mom. I knew in a few weeks, I would be back into the hustle and bustle of the school year, my routine, etc and would be craving this time.
I always try to plan things out and fill my day. Productivity is so important to me. I FEAR stillness. This is something I work on every day. Being okay with it. So, this final day in Paris was set aside just for that. Going with the flow, taking it all in and just enjoying the simplest things
We started our day with some wonderful French pastry.
Our first stop was to the luxurious Maderin Oriental hotel
We had intentions of trying this………
The Saint Honore (droooooooooooooooling)
This dessert is composed of a flaky pastry on which lie two little eclairs filled with a vanilla pastry cream. A chou (cream puff) filled with the same cream, coated in a layer of craquelin (a sweet, crunchy glaze) and a hard caramel shell, is fixed on each eclair with a dab of caramel. Next to each choux, we find a plump scoop of light vanilla cream, topped with a cap of vanilla jelly. The deconstructed and revisited appearance of this dessert does recall the Saint-Honoré by La Pâtisserie des Rêves, but that is not to say it lacks originality or its own unique identity.
Sadly the cake shop was not open for another hour, we had intended to come back later, but we never made it ((((Sigh)))
Next, we were off to see the Notre Dame cathedral.
The cathedral is Free to see BUT There was already a huge line. By the end of this week we have had enough of lines, although I am certain it was quite beautiful inside, we admired it from the outside .
From here we hopped on the bus (finally got this down) and headed over to the Montmartre section to see the Moulin Rouge.
This area is filled to the brim with fantasy shops 🙂 We skipped those but did find a delicious little chocolate shop and got some caramels and macrons for our Eiffel tower adventure later 🙂
We wandered the hilly streets and popped into a few shops and made our way to a cafe for our daily beer (for mom) and coffee (for me). We actually ended up face timing my uncle from here! It was great to get a taste of home 🙂
Finally, we decided to make our way over to the Eiffel tower. To be honest, we had seen the tower throughout our stay daily. I was not expecting too much. When we arrived at the little park and came into view of the Eiffel, my heart sank! We quickly set up our blanket, relaxed and gazed at all the people surrounding us. We had our macrons and just took it all in.
While gazing at the Eiffel, I had my mom pull out her “Must See/do” list. One thing that was still hanging out there was “TRY ESCARGOT”
So I quickly searched local cafes that had the “Best” and we made our way over to Le Bosquet.
My mom is quite the daredevil. She did it. She ordered the escargot and ate it all. She was adorable pretending to be “Julia Roberts” from Pretty Woman as she tried to get out those “Slippery little suckers”. She was even warning our (very close) neighbors (which happened to be from the Princeton area, small world!) to guard their eyes 🙂
This was the loveliest of all days. Relaxed. Unplanned. We felt like we were walking on air. We made our way back to our room to pack and plan our morning route to the airport………….This night I slept like a baby. I was so happy to have had this amazing experience with the most amazing, and inspirational person in my world.
Day 8 – Salut! Paris!
We had a bit of difficulty finding the correct bus to take us to the Orly Val bus (which goes directly to the Airport) due to construction and detours. We finally found our way and were off!
When we arrived at the airport, we spotted OUR line, which was long………..Immediately my anxiety skyrocketed “Are we going to get canceled again?”
We went through many changes during this flight. It was very anxiety driven. First, we were not guaranteed a seat, even though we checked in already……..Next, we were switching planes, then there were two planes…..We were all sorts confused! We found some amazing people that really comforted us and we got through it!
Finally, British Airways decided to switch to a larger plane to accommodate everyone (families were being separated onto different flights?)
After 4 1/2 hours, we were on our way……….on a bus, on the tarmac to get to our new flight! I was still on edge as I had many negative experiences with flights!
Not until we were up in the air about mid-flight, did I begin to feel some relief that we would make it home!
We were upgraded to business class and we had MUCH more leg room (I have major pain and discomfort from a torn hamstring and this was SO helpful), lots of champagne and actually some pretty good food! We reviewed all of our photos and let it all sink in as we flew home
As amazing as Paris is, we were happy to be to “Wawa” land. I always love coming home. I know that there will be MANY more
journeys and adventures ahead and cannot wait until our next one
For now, We Will Always Have Paris……………….