Last week I had uber guest time!
Firstly I have to mention Monday night when I went to a talk on France and Europe, given by a lecturer from one of the universities in Paris. It was longgg but very very interesting, with a fab debate afterwards :).
So Tuesday! Tuesday Paul arrived in the evening and on wednesday we had a gorgeous relaxing day where I think we were both just winding down from a busy busy week, watching movies etc. The most important part of the day was when we went out and bought me a CHRISTMAS TREE! And some tinsel and baubles 🙂 It looks magical.
Thursday I had to work during the day 🙁 in the evening Paul and I went for a meal for a friend of mine in Paris, Lucy’s, birthday. We went with them for a few drinks afterwards and then went to meet Martin & Laura from the train (friends of Paul, I guess mututalish now!) who came to stay till Sunday.
Friday the four of us went for brunch at the amazing place just near me! Next we headed to Opera to mooch around Galeries Lafayette and then onto the Champs Eylsees to do some shopping :p We managed to hit the later at dusk so saw all the lights in the trees 🙂 And had a mooch around the Arc de Triomphe. In the evening we wandered down along the Seine towards the Louvre. It was the first time I’d seen the Eiffel Tower twinkling up close!! (Looks better from my appartment ;-p) Had awesome Starbucks in the Louvre then had a wander round; got home and pretty much crashed!
On saturday Martin & Laura headed out on the Velibs (bikes you can rent all over Paris) while Paul and I had some alone time 🙂 We met up with them at La Defense and had a gorgeous afternoon looking round the huge Christmas market there! Drank mulled wine and munched gorgeous hot sandwitches and Chichi 😀
That evening we cooked at mine and Lauren came round for dinner too! Twas really cool, lots of alcohol which ended in drinking games :s After dinner we headed out, meeting up with a friend of Lauren’s on the way, and found a lil bar by Odeon where we stayed chatting till closing.
On sunday I really wanted to show everyone Chartier so we went there for lunch 🙂 After Martin took us to this place he used to go to when he worked in Paris, called Bercy Village, which was actually amazing! Like some old medievil village in the middle of Paris filled with restaurants and crafty type shops, they kind you’d find in the countyside of England! Also there was an english/french pub called ‘The Frog’ I think (there’s a chain of about 6 in Paris), which was so nice in that it was really like wetherspoons so made me feel homely. Definately gonna go back for some relaxed weekend outings! Afterwards we went back to mine and chilled a bit before the 3 of them had to fly back. In the evening I went round to Lucy and Philly’s to watch a movie then went home and was nice and sad about everyone leaving!
Monday night brought another interesting lecture, this time on the history of Paris! So many things that I want to read more about!
Last night (tuesday) was possibly my favourite night in Paris so far 🙂 Lauren and I went to see Le Mariage de Figaro at Le Comedie Francaise theatre. The venue was beautiful, one of the really old theatres in Paris. There was a gorgeous bar/ tea room hall on the first floor where Lauren and I got drinks.. really not too expensive, could even get meals. So tempted to go again and eat there before the performance. The play was actually reasonably easy to follow and v funny. I just missed the feeling of being in the theatre I think 🙂 So excited to go there again!
Au Revoir! xx
P.s. The reason I’m not really saying much about the teaching is because honestly it’s just uneventful and uninteresting. A means to an end. If I find something interesting about it then I will say, but anything right now would just be ranting/complaining 🙂