Lunch that day was a delightful Omelette au Frommage with a side salad. Simple yet oh so very satisfying, the combo kept me going and going and going. Good thing too; the FIAT we were staying at gave us meal cards for dinner but the options were quite disappointing. For economic purposes though, I had to put all my high and mighty foodie opinions to the side. The night before was one of my new friends 21st birthday. Woohoo! Only not exciting thing was that it was a Monday, so there were only so many nightlife options. It was also frigidly cold so nobody felt like trekking around, and everyone can drink at 18. Ha, not so bad, after all. We ended up at the bar at the Radisson, along with 3 bottles of wine for the group, some incredibly Wasabi Peas, and a complimentary gallete for the birthday girl. Good times.
Whew, you made it! Here's one last flashback to home food. My mom, my darling mother, had a brunch the day I left so I could see my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins once more. Breakfast is the my most favorite meal... in the whole-wide world :).
Earlier that day we strolled along the Seine.
We also had a visit to many of the government buildings and caught a glimpse of French wintery gardens.With our multicultural and minority focus, one of our first outings was to a mosque. Unfortunately, the recent storm kept the main doors closed so we didn't get the inner tour, but we did make it to the back restaurant for a warm and comforting meal of Cous Cous with Garbanzos and Vegetables. Yum.
It was so nice refuel after all of our walking. Although, I must admit, sightseeing is one of my favorite activities--a great workout for my lower body and lovely views for my upper body... or just my eyes, I guess ;). Many Christmas decorations still adorned the shops and cafés.
We went to the Pantheon.
And looked at the Luxembourg Gardens... from the outside. It was closed due to liability and weather :(.And, finally, our first night. After a long 7 hour flight, and feeling tired, delirious, and dehydrated, we sat in a boat to feast upon the views from the Seine. I swear, no matter how many times I see le Tour d'Eiffel, (I've been in France twice before,) it still amazes me. It's such a majestic work of art. Paris, je t'aime.
We had a Spinach Quiche, Walnuts,
Hummus with Toasted Crackers,
Real NY Bagels (you will be missed, my loves,)
Cheese, Salami, and Crackers (so not brekkie, but I lead it slide,)
Whole Foods Scones,
And the very necessary Vegetable Platter, perfect at any time of day.I'm not gonna lie, the whole being away from home for another semester hasn't yet hit me... which I guess is a good thing considering how wonderful my European life has been so far. You have no idea how much we have to catch up on. Look forward to a post from Belgium, Holland, and Germany, and then, finally, a review of my most recent meals in Strasbourg, France avec ma famille and those with friends. My host-mom is a very nutritionally-informed vegetarian, by the way, and I couldn't be happier. I hope you all have a glorious Martin Luther King Day. Enjoy the day off... I'll be in my first day of classes. Bisous!