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Date archives April 2012

Food / France

Crêperie St.Michel

After visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Shakespeare & Co. bookshop, we walked around the Latin Quarter to get something to eat. We planned on getting home early today, back to our rented room at the 13th arrondisement, as we are hauling our luggage and switching accommodations to the 1st arrondisement. After a few minutes of walking, we luckily stumbled upon this little crêperie.

Grouchy-looking monsieur making our crêpe
Creperie Saint-Michel

I love a savory crêpe. Ham & cheese for me (jambon et fromage?). Look at how much cheese is in there!
Creperie Saint-Michele
Creperie Saint-Michele - cheese and ham crepe

Banana-nutella for A.
banana-Nutella crepe at Creperie Saint-Michele

Went up the second level where there are seats. Quite possible the best one I ever had. Do not ever underestimate street food and hole-in-the-wall joints. At about 5 euros, really so good and filling enough for dinner.
Creperie Saint-Michele

The Greek eatery from across the street– I just found it amusing that the ‘apprentice’ looks so very Chinese, and he reminds me of characters from the Lao Fu Tzi comics I used to ‘read’ when I was younger.
Greek restaurant in Paris

Crêperie St. Michel
Rue de la Huchette
(Quartier Latin)
Paris 75005

France / Writing

browsing through Shakespeare and Company

From Notre Dame we crossed the bridge to the Left Bank to get to Shakespeare and Company, the cosy little English-language bookshop in the academic Quartier Latin.

Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare and Company has been around since 1951, and since then the bookstore has been hosting writers in exchange for a couple of hours of voluntary work. It has provided shelter to some 50,000 people now.
Shakespeare & Co.

The shop is full of new books as well as used ones. Apparently, there are also 8 makeshift beds all over the place, for the writers to sleep in.
inside Shakespeare & Company

A is one of the biggest literature lovers I know and she purchased a hardbound book here. I confess that I am sort of a mild hoarder of books, mostly of the travel and food literature variety, but I find the prices here rather steep, perhaps the markup is mostly because of the location and nostalgia. At this point, I’m perfectly fine scouring the Booksale outlets back home.

One of my favorite movies, Before Sunset, filmed here so it makes the place quite special as well.

Shakespeare and Company
http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com
37 rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Paris
Weekdays: 10am – 11pm; Weekends: 11am – 11pm
Metro: St. Michel / Cluny / Sorbonne
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France / Writing

The grand Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

The Notre Dame Cathedral is possibly the other iconic structure defining Paris, next to the Eiffel Tower. Located at the small island Île de la Cité in the middle of the Seine, it is literally at the center of Paris. Notre Dame means “Our Lady” in French, and it is one of the first Gothic cathedrals in the world. Its construction began in 1163, only to be finished almost a hundred years later.
Notre Dame de Paris facade
Notre Dame de Paris

Point Zero and our matching granny socks (it was cold out the day we visited). The center of France and the site where all distances are measured.
Point Zero

The facade and view from the side– the flying buttresses support the roof.
Notre Dame de Paris, buttresses and facade

The cathedral interiors. It is ten stories high and can fit 6,000 worshippers.
Notre Dame Interiors
pilgrims at Notre Dame

During the Second World War, it was feared that the Germans would bomb the church and destroy the stained glass windows, hence they were taken down during the war.
Notre Dame South Rose window
Notre Dame de Paris

The nave (L), and one of the side aisles (R).
Notre Dame de Paris naves
Notre Dame de Paris interiors

There is no admission fee to go inside the cathedral, however it costs 8€ to go up the tower (covered by the Paris Museum Pass). It is 400 steps up, no lift. If you are fit enough to go up the stairs, you shall be rewarded with a nice view of the city from Paris’s center. Pictured, Eiffel and environs, and the Sacré Cœur on hilly Montmartre.
view from Notre Dame
view from Notre Dame

Quasimodo’s friends. The chimera / chimères, from the Galerie des Chimères are not to be confused with gargoyles. They actually function as rainspouts.
chimera
chimera

One of the more popular chimères, Stryga
Stryga

Angel watching over Paris,and another chimère
Notre Dame de Paris chimeres

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/
Metro: Cité / Hotel de Ville / St. Michel
Rue du Cloître Notre-Dame 75004 Paris

Food / France

Plat du Jour at Le Relais, 13th Arr.

I have a long list of things I wanted to write about, but I’ve been awfully busy lately. I wish I can say ‘awfully busy’ in a good way, like work, but unfortunately it isn’t the case. Anyhow– this– like everything bad and good, shall pass.

A short post on A & I’s meal before we headed out to visit Notre Dame.

When in Paris, you may choose to order the restaurant’s daily specials (plat du jour), it’s a better value compared to the a la carte menu. Some restaurants even offer multiple-course specials.

La langue, beef tongue in tomato-based sauce.
Le Relais plat du jour

A’s crusted salmon dish.
Le Relais plat du jour

Le Relais
79 bd Vincent Auriol 75013
near the Chevaleret metro
Paris, France