Bounjour and Au revoir, Paris! Until next year!
So on the way to Norway, I took a little three day pit stop into Paris! It seems to be a tradition now; every year, for the past three years I would visit Paris for three days at a time. The first two times I would jam pack all the touristy things I can into three exhausting days, but this time was really different. I didn't even see the Eiffel Tower!!! I just enjoyed it as apart of the backdrop of my life in Paris for a couple of days. It was really nice to follow and do things local Parisians do. The only touristy thing I have been wanting to do every time I visit Paris, was to go to the Pompidou Centre to see the modern art collection there. For the previous two years I went to Paris, I never found time to go to this museum, so this year I was determined to go. I had a full day planned with Bertrand and friend to go see the museum, have lunch, and walk around/drink, but all plans fell through since Bert got hurt. I was a bit disappointed since I was so determined to go this year, but Baidy, who hates museums, said "Let's go! We will go see Pompidou!"... So off we went! The outside of Pompidou is awesome! Similar to all the other Richard Roger's buildings I've seen in London, but at a very different scale. It was really neat to look at! Baidy and I grabbed a quick, delicious panini and croissant breakfast infront of the museum... but the line in front was SO long. We had plans to meet a friend at 3PM at Galleries de Lafayette, so seeing that there was only about 2 hours to walk around the whole building, I was discouraged and just said "Fuck it! I will go next year!"... so... again... Project Pompidou FAIL! haha Though at least I made it to the outside of the building... I guess that is some progress.
I was extremely lucky to have such an awesome friend like Baidy, who let me stay at his place the whole time. He drove me around everywhere, took me everywhere, found the best places to eat, and did all the things I wanted to do! I literally just walked around, become a Parisian foodie, shop a little, and hang out with new friends and my favorite Parisian family, Na, Christian, and Vy!! :) It was so nice to just sit and enjoy a meal with my Parisian family, catching up and telling them all my French bad words! This trip to Paris was a relaxing and a true local experience, something that I did not get to experience the past two times in Paris. I ate delicious traditional French cuisine like escargo, pate, french beef, REAL crepes, etc, drank wine all throughout the day, hung out and enjoyed the sunny weather at a park, ate baguette and croissant straight out of the oven (me and Baidy ate the whole damn baguette... in one sitting, crumbs all over our clothes and everything), sat and drank a coffee while people watching and enjoying a rainy day in Paris at a cafe, and of course, I took a trip to Laduree! Yum!! nom nom nom!
Another thing I got to enjoy this trip to Paris was local night life! The past two times in Paris, I would end up at Cafe Oz... don't know how we always end up there, but this time I got pretty-ed up and experienced real Parisian nightlife. The night started off with a lot of crazy drama, but ended up being a great memorable night out in Paris. I honestly did not believe Baidy when he said that he would not get in because he was black... but boy was he right! The clubs out here are so racist!!! I was with a group of four guys, two of them which are not "caucasian." The bouncer straight up said "you, you, and you can get in, but not the two ethnic guys"... WOW... This would NOT happen in Dallas! I really could not believe it! But luckily we found a place that would accept all of us. I had a great time meeting new French friends, testing out my new French speaking skills, and dancing the night away until about 7AM... A guy asked me when I will see him again, and I responded with "JAMAIS!!" (meaning "never" in French)... hahah I hope I didn't hurt his feelings too much! It was a very rough morning for me this morning, but I got through it and made it on board for my flight to Norway!
It is always so sad to say good bye to my old and new friends, but I know I will be back. As per tradition, I will be in Paris next spring/summer! So friends and family, it is not a "good bye," but a "I will see you next year!" It was so good seeing everyone and I can't wait to come back! Au revoir, Paris... until next year! And thank you to all my amazing friends and family! I love you guys!