A second weekend in Paris since I am back. This last was also very special because I had the chance to meet my five French friends, that is very rare!
Visit under the rain
I have been motivated enough by my friends to come to the capital. Two of them were doing their Erasmus with me in Tallinn. We now all live not so far from the French capital and one can host us for Saturday night, we have planned an good evening.
Medieval art museum
I came Saturday morning at the Paris Nord station, I met one of them arriving at Paris Est station before going to explore the city. We didn’t had a real plan but due to the relatively cold morning we went to the Culny museum. Actually, my friend wanted but didn’t know what was exposed. He told me that he wanted to check it only after the building looking. Culny is a museum installed inside an old Castle, and is pretty nice. The exhibition is centred on the medieval art, the entrance fees is 9euros, despite I am not 25yo anymore I didn’t pay. Not sure if my smile helped or if the cashier misunderstood me.
At noon Alan got hungry « it’s time to eat » he said. We moved to the Latin district because that the closest place were we know hundred restaurants. We turned a moment and chose an Italian restaurant. My pizza wasn’t bad and its price regular.
In Paris was a event, the city placed fifty pianos in the streets. We met one guy playing nicely on it! We Walked to the Cathedral and tried to call our friends to know how we could organize the rest of the weekend. Nothing new appear and we could continue together in the city. I am still surprised that a big structure can be accepted on the cathedral square…
Medieval houses and relatively newest buildings
We after try to see new things. I read about the old medieval houses in Paris, I already tried to find them with my Korean friend but could remember the street. With Alan we also had troubles: it was hard to find the street without a map despite I check position on internet in the morning… We met a tourist and I asked for looking her map, we were just at the corner between our street and the one we needed. The houses look nice and old. My friend said that must come to his region were this style is very common.
We also found several good new buildings: the Hotel de Sens and the Gare de Lyon. We opened our Russian beer at the train station before walking to the Republic Square. There are two things. The first is an interesting statue of Marianne pulling by two lions and surrounding with naked men. The second and even more interesting are two columns, they are part of the Barriére du Trone and form an impressive gate, kind of thing I would like to see more all around the city. We searched for any clues to understand why and when it has been construct but nothing is written… I found the information on internet.
After the column and square of the Nation square we took the metro for the Bastille square where we met a manifestation. The day in Paris finish with the Jewish district and the Vosges square which seemed to move a lot and escape us! We should move to Mantes la Jolie and our friend was waiting for us to start the party. We took the metro a last to the Arc de Triomphe to see the only Orthodox church of Paris.
Suddistes are not waterproof
The second day we tried to recover from our night, arriving in Paris at noon I contact my oldest friends and we all met at the Saint Lazard train station. Three friends I know since Belfort came to Paris for a planes exhibition, the last time we were all together was three or four years ago in Besançon!
They have visited some famous spots of Paris in the morning and had to see some other such the Invalides and the Eiffel tower. We walk slowly there and I took a break on the March fields. The weather turned rapidly to the rain, the last dry place we saw was the Trocadero. After that it was really complicated to be outside without umbrella. With just a tshirt and a short I was not prepared at all… But survived until we reached the metro station and say goodbye « looking to see you in three years! ».