We arrived in Paris and hit the ground running after staying up all night on the plane watching all the episodes of North and South. If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice, you will love North and South which is set in the same era in England. We found our way to the apartment that we rented with the help of Blue Van (I highly recommend them - around 20 euro per person - which is cheaper than a taxi and far less stressful than taking the RER train and transferring to the metro). We had an hour before the manager could bring us a key so we went to the cafe on the corner and ordered some much needed Coca Light and frites.
While the girls and Jenny took a cat nap in the apartment (I'll post pictures later 'cause it's got this fabulous spiral staircase that goes up to the Rapunzel tower where I slept) I went over the our friends, The Pattersons, who have an apartment about a 10 minute walk away - right towards the Eiffel tower. Ours is just a couple blocks from Invalides golden dome. I stopped to pick up some pastries from our favorite bakery and a few groceries and our metro passes (Navigos). By the time I finished just in time to head to a Vivaldi Concert at the incredible Saint Chapelle Cathedral. This cathedral has some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in Paris. Jeanene had managed to get seats on the 2nd row.Even though this collection of music (Vivaldi's Four Seasons & Pachabel's Canon in D) is some of my very favorite classical pieces my only goal was to just stay awake during the concert. It far exceeded my expectations. It was vibrant and engaging and I didn't want it to end. I even met David Bracchini, the lead violinist, after the show and he signed a CD for me. I highly recommend this concert if you're in the Paris area. Here are a few pictures and a little video clip.
Vivaldi Concert, Bree & Mo were so patient considering how sleep deprived they were. Morgan even said that she liked it. i'm hoping to get tickets to another performance before we go home.
The next morning we had booked a Croissant and Pastry making class for Jenny, the girls and I. After a bit of an adventure getting lost near Notre Dame (because of the construction), we showed up on the doorstep of LaCuisine Paris. We had a ball here. Morgan is an avid baker and came ready to learn. Our darling chef, who is a native of Texas but has been living and cooking in France for so many years that he no longer had any texas accent,taught us from start to finish how to make our butter filled dough and sweet fillings.
We made Pain au Chocolats, Croissants & an Amande (almond) pastry. As the class is only 3 hours long, you have to make the dough 1st then use dough made the day before by another class to actually cut out and bake your pastries in time to eat them. Our class had 3 other Americans and 2 Canadians in it. It was a delightful experience and one I highly recommend.
This company also will take you on foodie walks if you like to eat but not cook. There are several more cooking classes that we are thinking of taking while we are here. If Morgan was here longer, we would have signed up for all of them.