dimanche 8 mars 2015

Comme Indy J'ai Cherché le Graal: Catching Precious Z's in La Ville Lumière

I'm back, and yeah that's an Indiana Jones reference in the title. Duh. Did you forget I love Spielberg?

When I last left y'all, I woke up in the middle of my flight. I am part of the Window Master Race so I am all window, all the time. I got lucky because my seat mates were really cool. They always alerted me when the Flight Attendants came by with drinks. Y'all the real MVPs. They were two women going on a wine cruise in Bordeaux, how fun is that? They were super excited for my trip, and that made me excited. It was so sweet. The rest of the flight was uneventful. I finally got around to watching X-Men: Days of Future Past and I also watched a Louboutin documentary. I had acquired seasons one and two of Arrow but I wasn't really in the mood to watch it. Since I had nothing else to do, I began to watch Arrow and got hooked instantly. I was so pissed when we landed cause I wanted to see more of my husband Ollie. I should have begun watching it since I got on the plane! I'm dumb.

Bienvenue à Paris, girl! The last time I was here, it was hot as fuck because some freak heatwave decided to crash my vacation. This time, it was pretty chilly. YES. I had also stayed at the Plug Inn Hostel right off of Rue Lepic in Montmartre. The location was excellent! It was literally around the corner from Café des Deux Moulins aka the Amélie cafe. It was also a 2 minute walk from the Moulin Rouge. I still remember the utter debauchery that went on. Man, that was a blast. I'll probably write about that trip at some point on this blog. What a delightful blur. Anyway, I loved my stay in the 18th. I guess you can say it is the ghetto, but I felt right at home. I'm from South Central LA! Of course I did. This time, however, I booked my stay at the Hotel France Albion in the 9th. I didn't feel like dealing with roommates or killer hangovers. I just wanted to chill and be alone... with Oliver Queen. Sike!

You may be wondering what I mean when I say "the 18th" or "the 9th" and if you aren't, that's too bad cause I'm gonna tell you anyway. Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements (districts) and they are all very different. The 1st arrondissement starts at Île de la Cité (where the Louvre is) and begins to spiral clockwise like a snail's shell. Confused? Check out the photo below!

See? The blue line is the Seine river. Be sure to check where your hotel is located in regards to what you wanna see. To be totally honest, walking around Paris is like navigating a plate of spaghetti. The roads are not in a grid pattern like they are here in America, so you can easily get lost if you don't pay attention to where you are going. That's part of the charm, though! If you are ever wondering what arrondissement you are in, just check the last two digits of your zip code.

Back to my hotel I went. It was small (this is Paris, after all!) but it was perfect. I loved it because it was in a residential neighborhood so there was peace and quiet. This would be home for the next 3 days. Even the key to my room was cute! The staff was friendly and didn't even laugh at my raggedy Franglais. I can read and write French just fine, but it had been YEARS since I'd spoken the language. As a result, the words coming out of my mouth had the linguistic elegance of a 4 year old. 

give me some tassel!

I stopped by Galeries Lafayette to take a quick peek at the Christmas tree, but I was still very tired. I decided I'd come back tomorrow to check out the windows and do some shopping. As I walked back "home", I thought about stopping to get a bottle of water, but decided to do it later. I just wanted to get to my room/shoebox. I mean, look at it. It was so cozy. 

As soon as I got here, I showered and went to sleep. I planned on taking a little disco nap, but my Rip Van Winkle ass woke up at 11:00... as in 23:00. There went day one! It wasn't my first time in Paris, so sightseeing wasn't really an issue. Besides, I was so comfortable! Since I was now wide awake, I decided to see what was on TV. I really love French gameshows, so I was hoping I'd catch one... but what I saw was even better. Are you ready? 

Why, it was none other than Mariés, deux enfants. Yes, Married... with Children dubbed in French! I couldn't stop laughing. I stayed up watching TV until like 3 in the morning. I was really regretting not having grabbed a bottle of water. I only had the liter I had purchased at the airport to break my 50. I drink a lot of water, so I should have known better. Whatever, it was going to be my first order of business in the morning... 

... but the universe had other plans. You knew this, right?

On the next episode: What's a thirsty girl to do when everything in this city is closed? Putain!

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