Last Day in Paris
Today was a great ending to a beautiful start in my food journey. I have enjoyed all of the sights, the people, the culture and, of course, the food!
The day started with a market challenge, where each group in my tour had 15€ to spend on a section of our lunch. My group had vegetables, which was tricky because we had to choose certain veggies that didn't need a utensil in order to prepare. We ended up bargaining and getting good prices on arugula, baby tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans and carrots.
Our lunch was distribuded between all 53 of us in a beautiful square area, not far from the Louvre. I made myself a tiny sandwich with ham and cheese, strawberries and a puff dessert. It tasted delicious and was some of the best street food I've had.
We spent the day at the Louvre, where we were able to make it through Roman & Greek antiques, French & Italian paintings, and obviously, the Mona Lisa was a check offf of our list!
We also climbed up the Montparnasse Tower, which gave us a 360 degree view of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower! It was incredible and such a beautiful view to stare at for an hour.
Dinner consisted of eating in a local Parisian family's home and my group had the sweetest couple serve us a fantastic dinner! Pierre and Odile were our hosts, and served us pea soup, salad, a tomato/ground beef/cheese/potato "French lasagna" type dish and rice pudding & a mixed berry sauce for dessert.
Getting to see a Parisian home and eating a home cooked meal made this experience so much more authentic, and it was so great getting to learn more about what life in Paris can look like! It was so interesting because the forks were served upside down, a normal mannerism in France, started by King Louis IX.
To close the night, we went to see the Eiffel Tower light up at night, something that our couple said was a must see! They weren't lying when they said it was absolutely beautiful... even a picture couldn't capture how remarkable it looked! I had a fabulous nutella crepe with whipped cream for (second) dessert and took some time to enjoy every bit of the twinkling lights during my last night in this beautiful city :)
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