6 March 2011
06.03.2011 45 °F
A crowded subway ride was just the beginning of the Paris Half Marathon. I dont' want to spend much time on it because 1 - I wasn't so impressed and 2- I forget the battery for my camera so there are no photos. I should say though that the route did not offer any kodak moments anyway so I didn't miss anything. It was the most crowded run I have ever done with not even a hint of elbow room from start to finish. The route didn't seem to pass anything important although it did run along the Seine for a brief period. Luckily Catherine was watching for me and found me at the end where we shuffled through the crowd to turn in our chip and get some snacks. By now you can guess that the food offerings were not the greatest but we did hit up a french fry stand before getting back in the subway.
Catherine needed to check the block on the Notre Dame so that was our first destination today. IT is gorgeous and HUGE inside so we spent a bit of time taking in the beautiful windows.
Looking back across the river also gives a good and different view of the huge cathedral.
Not far away was the torch that is replica of the one that the Statue of Liberty holds. It is on the street in the middle of a random road but is easy enough to get a photo of regardless.
It seems by now we should have seen all the markets paris has to offer but there was one left and my favorite - the bird market.
I had never been to anything like this before. It was more of an animal maket. I got a little shirt for Bella and the guy who sold it to me had a rat sitting on his shoulder. He tried to put in on me but when I wasn't a big fan he set it on Catherine instead.
She didn't seem to mind.
OUr time was growing short so we consulted the map on how to get to Rhodan's thinker statue. On the walk there I spotted this lovely car I would have bought on the spot.
We also got a nice view over the river on our walk there.
It was our lucky day - the outside monuments were free today so we got to walk in, snap a few photos with the thinker and walk out - sweet!
Having checked off everything on our lists we set out for dinner again. Our goal was a tapas restaurant but it was closed so we hit the next thing we saw - Le Square trousseau. The waiter was very nice and helped us while speaking English. I got shrimp Risotto that was really fabulous and a good ending to the weekend.
The purpose of the trip was to run the half marathon which ended up being the most disappointing part of the trip. Catherine and I had a blast hitting the markets and tourist sites which made the trip worth it in the end.