Hi guys! Are you excited that grandma is there?! I hope your blue and gold banquet went well, Logan. I can't wait to hear all about it.
Today we spent some time shopping in Paris. We went to a flea market where people were selling really old things, kind of like a garage sale but with antiques. We saw lots of cool old toys, sewing machines, paintings, dishes and furniture. One person was even selling tons of beads! [There were so many incredible things that I wanted to take home, but my suitcase and wallet limited my expenditures. Even though everything was second hand, the prices were pretty still pretty high. Instead, I took lots of pictures and made them my souvenirs.]
As we left the flea market, we saw someone that looked just like Santa Claus! He was wearing shorts and sandals, even though it was freezing. Maybe Santa doesn't think it's very cold because here compared to the North Pole. :) Do you think it was really him?
We explored a lot today and found some fun shops and lots of yummy food. Remember how Tiana makes beignets in princess and the frog? We've been eating lots and they are SO delicious. [I really wanted to find a glass covered passageway that Paris is known for. I looked one up, found the approximate location, and then led a group of us to that spot. This was our last afternoon in Paris and I was desperate to find this last spot on my bucket list. It had been raining off and on, and the others were tired, but I was determined. We got to the place on my map, but couldn't find it. We walked down the street and turned to the right. Someone pointed up and I saw a broken, dirty glass roof above the street. Really? THAT was it? We walked down the short, deserted alleyway, then decided to find a place to eat nearby. After lunch, our group split and headed different directions, but Jeff (being the super supportive husband of his crazy travel wife) and I decided to go look one more time. We came back to the first street and looked down it again. Just a few feet beyond where we had stopped and on the opposite side of the street as the abandoned alley was the Passage du Grand Cerf. THIS was what I had been looking for! We missed it by a few feet and turning our heads the wrong direction! I absolutely loved this street. The glass ceiling sheltered us from the rain and created the most beautiful light. Each of the stores in the passage were unique and had an artisan feel. I could have spent all day window shopping there.]
[At the other end of the Passage du Grand Cerf was a charming street full of flowers, bakeries, delis and people. The rain let up and we took our time wandering, stopping to grab a big bag of beignets to take with us when we left the next morning. This was easily my favorite day in Paris.]
Tomorrow we go to Italy. Hopefully it's a little warmer there. I love you and miss you!
Mom and Dad