It may be hard to call a day “perfect” when it’s only Day 2. But keeping expectations at a realistic level, it was pretty darn good.
My body let me sleep a full 13 hours from 8 pm to 9 am, so technically I’m already on Paris time. A quick espresso gave the necessary boost to hike to the Parthenon. (It should have been closer, but I walked the wrong way!)
I liked my classmate instantly, Olivia, a young producer from Vancouver. Our first class was drawing, so I could wear nice pants and my Vince leather jacket without fear of ruining them. (Caroline will be displeased with the sneakers, but comfort comes first.) The scarf around my neck, a travel gift from Molly, helped the morning chill, but I still should have worn my gloves and wool sweater! It’s amazing that Paris’ mornings are much colder than NY this time of year.
With white fingers no longer capable of holding the pencil, I moved from the tall shadows of the Parthenon columns to a sunny spot for a clear view of an architecturally challenging building. The drawings didn’t improve, but the circulation did! When my solo classmate went off to meet fellow travelers, my teacher recommended lunch at a great Italian spot around the corner to warm our hands and our insides. Plat du jour included clams, plus a pasta with white fish and zucchini, followed by a cafe au lait to start the afternoon program.
Walking off lunch:
As the only tour participant, Nicolas and Florient (art teacher and tour guide, respectively) customized the tour to my interests. Only 13,000 steps but we covered some amazing ground: hidden side streets, little known historical facts, and even archaeological treasures! Who would expect an underground parking garage to include the original Paris city wall?
5 pm ended our tour and coincided perfectly with happy hour on Blvd St Germain des Pres. With side by side seats facing the busy street in a sidewalk cafe, we laughed that this is not a typical NYC scene. But neither is the Provence rose for 3 euros! A few quiet moments to capture the thoughts of the day, and then turn on my Google maps on to find my way home.
Tomorrow I paint at the Luxembourg Gardens. This should be fun (and messy!) But I’ll have some time to clean up before our evening at Montmartre. An0ther busy day in PARIS (paradise!)
Thanks for reading and following– I’m feeling very lucky. Jennifer