It’s Saturday, or Samedi, here. The last two Saturdays we have taken off right after the soccer games and explored the city. So fun…and so exhausting. We try to walk almost everywhere we go 1) because it has been beautiful out, 2) because we’re in a city and we can, and 3) because we get to experience more…the journey, not just the destination, if you will. And while we have found some great corners of Paris on these walks, the clock moves from afternoon to evening very quickly and before you know it, dinner is later than expected and bedtime, too.
So, what we all wanted today was a real Saturday. A sleep-in, munch on a croissant & sip on coffee, potential for a nap Saturday.
We did have two things on our agenda:
- Breakfast with a long-time friend
- Soccer games both being played at the same time, same place (yeah!)
Tom and I had a late night out on Friday at a gathering for the parents of 8th and 9th graders (very nice and very delicious) so even I was ready to sleep a bit later than usual.
Before mid-morning, we were strolling out of a bakery with fresh croissants and beignets on our way to Djuan’s apartment. Djuan is a Disney friend from the early 90’s who we have stayed in touch with and is currently here at Disneyland Paris. I’ve told many people he is the best leader I have ever had and I won’t waiver from that statement here. Such a fun guy to be around and a great story-teller. He was waiting with coffee, juice and tea and he and I laughed about being non-coffee drinkers in the city of cafe cremes. But it was great fun to catch up and introduce the kids to such a wonderful man. A fantastic start to our Saturday.
Paris Fashion week started on Tuesday so we had to snap a photo near the Dior tent at Les Invalides as they were striking it.
Craving even more buttery goodness, we decided to hit another boulangerie on the way home from for more croissants and a baguette for dinner.
Elizabeth and Julian both had soccer at 12:45 at their home field about a five minute walk from home. Both matches were amical (friendly matches) so low-key and quite fun. Both played great and we were able to chat with new friends while we watched.
We returned home for a light lunch. Tom needed to get some work done, so the rest of us, including Chili, decided to take our books, homework, snacks and leash to a park under the trees of the Trocadero, just a few minutes away. It was two hours of time in the sunshine, on the grass (a happy dog!), with nothing to do and no schedule to keep.
Two hours later we made our way back home to a homemade meal (complete with baguette aux cereales), time to linger and chat at the table and time to read at the end of the day.
And so here I am with you, finishing an empty, but very full day. Bonne nuit.