Oh my! This past week was full of meetings! I had my visa meeting, and it was not as scary as I thought. Of course, the lady was 20 minutes late and told me to come back again at a new date to apply for a different visa. So, who knows? I think it could work out well because the new visa will let me work for French companies. Poof!
As for the job interview, I ended up just wearing white pants, heels, my giant pearls, and my black sweater tank. It has become my professional uniform of sorts when I need to be somewhere official. I hope it went well, but one never knows with these things! I will keep you people posted.
After that interview, I caught up with an old friend at Canal St. Martin at Paris Plage. Some weird dude approached us as started asking us why we were there. He said he was a reporter for Le Parisian. I have yet to see the article. Anyway, I loved it as it was sooooo relaxing as I have never really done Paris Plage. I love Canal St. Martin too but there is no place to get lunch. We wandered around for a while looking for a place before going to a boulangerie. I had wanted to go there because there used to be a boat cafe on the canal. Where did it go!?
After meeting with her, I met my friend from university who was in town from Korea. We met at the Louvre, wandered the Tuilleries and caught up. It was really nice to see here because I had not seen her in two years! After, she took me to a super cool store called Merci. It was pretty kitschy with plenty of unique Parisian items. Plus, the cafe had really good looking food and drink. I will go back there for sure!
All of the following were taken at Merci:
Loved this and want it badly.
OK, so the bathroom at Merci was like a giant Pinterest/ Instagram. I couldn’t help but take a few pictures…
The little bug or w/e it is was adorable!
By that time, we we were famished from walking around Paris. We took her stuff back to my place and headed to dinner near rue Mouftard. I never really had gone there for dinner, but there are plenty of restaurants with decent food and even better prices. It is a much better alternative to St. Michele which can be ridiculously overcrowded with tourists. I had been up the entire night before, and was crashing before we even made it back home!
In fact, I went to bed before 11, only to wake at 4:30 am!I wandered Neuilly in the morning looking for a place to get wifi while my friend slept. I eventually made it back and we went to Canal Saint Martin. We eventually went to lunch at this cute pizzeria that was so cheap! They had pizzas for 5 euro! and it was a sit down place too! After, we walked along the seine and then I had to go to my visa appointment. After, we met back up and wandered the Marais and went to Pierre Herme. I had never had their macaroons before, and omg…. they were unbelievable. Now, I understand the obsession as one bite was like eating a whole key lime pie.
Loved this street art.
This guy was just playing a saxophone in the street!
I have never seen Saint Sulpice w/o construction!
This was CHOCOLATE:
A place called Schmuck was too cute.
We ended up going to dinner in St. Michele later. I had planned to take her on this river boat club cruise that I had done a few weeks. Unfortunately, we arrived too late and the boat was going to take off any minute! I was disappointed, but we wandered back to the Champs de Mars and grabbed a drink at a cafe nearby. The next morning I went with her to Gare du Nord because she was going to London next. I then spent the rest of the morning working in Starbucks. I got home and crashed because I was so stressed from the previous days meetings. I was supposed to go to a party/picnic/ movie thing, but I bailed at the last minute. I spent the whole weekend detoxing from stressful French people. It was a nice relaxing weekend that I def, needed.
The boat we were supposed to be on passed us 😦