Here we are, continuing on to our next part of the adventures!
I wake up on my last day at the hostel bright and early. On that day, I was going to do something I hadn't done since I'd gotten to Europe. I went on a run.
I had a general idea of where I was going, and was going to run for at least 30 minutes. i don't know how far I actually went, but I ran for at least 40 minutes. The crazy thing is, I didn't hurt at all. I felt GOOD.
I did end up getting lost for a bit, but managed to get back to my hostel before needing to check out.
Being my last day in Paris, I was going to buy gifts for my family. Also fromage.
I wandered FOREVER trying to find a place to get cheese, but I couldn't find one anywhere. So I settled for a plait a fromage instead. I know, it's typically a dessert thing, but I did not care. I got my cheese.
Later I went back over to the area around the Notre Dame. Google maps told me there were a few places over there to buy books, so I went with it. (I was planning to buy books for my family. Cool books. I think books are a cool thing, especially foreign books.)
As I got off of the metro, I noticed a guy opening a green box with a padlock on it on the bridge. Inside of it were old vintage books. How cool! I look through, but didn't see any that I liked. Too bad. I wish there were more I thought... then I saw it.
If you've ever seen Midnight in Paris, there's a scene where Owen Wilson is passing by this area with all sorts of vintage things. Kind of like an outdoor market. Welp, I believe I had just found it.
The green boxes went on as far as the eye could see, filled with old vintage posters, books, and other goodies. I was seriously overwhelmed.
After I covered a huge chunk of the area and bought some things, I wandered over to the more city area. Over here, I found people going into buildings with yellow tents outside the front of the store. Not knowing what it was, I took a closer look. It happened to be a bookstore that took over two different blocks! Wild.
Later I had some duck. I'd never had duck before, and it's quite French. Pretty delicious. I also went back to the Notre Dame and actually went inside this time. I'm glad I did, it's incredible in there. I felt a bit blasphemous taking pictures. (I still took pictures.
I took the Eurostar home (to London at least) and went back to my relative's flat. What a lovely trip.
I'm not going to say what I got for my mom, as she might be reading this soon, but I just want to say what I bought! For my dad, I bought him this old Scrooge Mcduck comicbook. Strange? Not really. My dad has this special collector's Scrooge Mcduck book, and it's a special thing to him (Probably just for value, but eh). I just think the old Scrooge Mcduck comic is a cool idea. If he doesn't like it, his loss.
I got my sister this awesome vintage Elle Magazine. There were so many cool old magazines, it was hard to choose! I think the one I got is neat.
Then... I went a little crazy with myself. Yes, I got things for myself. Can you blame me? One of the things featured at many of the areas were vintage fashion prints. Like 1900s prints and papers. I LOVE old fashion. Still why History of Fashion was my favorite class. I was so ticked at myself in the museums when I couldn't remember the names of the articles of clothing in the paintings.
So I originally was just going to get one. Then I saw a cool 1961 print (love those early 60s fashions). So I wanted that too. But then there was a deal for three prints...
Yes, I got three. I know. I'm still super excited about them all.
I didn't expect this one day to be so long! But it was. I will continue on my adventures tomorrow: Back in London!
For now, here are more pictures.
|Took this on my morning run. There are beautiful sights everywhere you go in Paris!|
|This bridge was near the market area. It's covered in padlocks that lovers lock there for "eternal love" or something like that. I'd heard of it before, but I still can't remember what it's called.|
|Inside Notre Dame|
|Near the Train station. Just cool lookin'.|
|I'm still giddy. (Okay, they're technically journals. Whateves.)|