|sandwich in the cafe window|
I'm sure I will return often to study, write and have a piece of cake. Obviously, like all things in my life, I'm in it for the cake.
|Chocolate cake at Cozy Corner|
|Do you spy La Tour Saint-Jacques?|
|Champs-Élysées on New Year's Eve|
I am becoming more comfortable with the language barrier, although I hope at least the French one will begin to fall, and I find it amusing to communicate through facial expressions, gestures and an odd word or two.
This was supposed to be a food blog, right? So, I guess it's necessary to have a bit more discussion of food and the different choices one has in Paris. I've had authentic-tasting Middle Eastern, North African, Indian, and Portuguese food and approximations of American specialties, but as of now, I think that the Mexican food is lacking.
Upon my arrival last Sunday I was guided to O'Tacos in Saint-Denis which is a chain here that specializes in tacos, right? Don't be fooled by the fact that this establishment is literally named after tacos. The concept is French influenced tacos - which turn out more like burritos - and I'm not saying that they are displeasing. However, my first Mexican (?) food experience here did not make me feel like I was in Texas eating outside of a hoppin' food truck. I was just eating cordon bleu wrapped in a flour tortilla.
|excuse this horrendous photograph|
Paris is obviously a hub for culture, so it makes sense that plenty of activities are available to the common man. Okay, maybe not everyone attends the opera or the ballet. It is, however, likely that anyone could. There are all sorts of discounts for students, employees of certain companies and specific day-of-the-week deals to make the arts and activities accessible for all. Museums, landmarks, shows, you name it. Last week, I had the privilege of attending a contemporary ballet at Palais Garnier. The seats were the cheap ones, but by no means undesirable. The view was unhindered and the performance immensely enjoyable. I recalled trying to find tickets to a ballet at the Kennedy Center several months ago and the only available seats were upwards of $80. Here it's more like $30. I was even able to visit the tower of Notre Dame de Paris free of charge as a student.
|Come out of the metro and BAM: Palais Garnier|
|Spectacular views from Notre Dame de Paris - free for students|
Visit Paris and see for yourself everything it offers.