Monday, December 22, 2014
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Paris, France
Today was what we called a "chill" day. KR and I stayed up way too late last night chatting and laughing and so we took our time waking up this morning. Today's plans were picking up some food for a picnic and spending the day at the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, which isn't far from the apartment we rented (less than 10 minutes of walking).
The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is approximately 24 hectares big, it is the 5th biggest green space / public park in Paris, and the entrance is free.
It was a beautiful day today and many people chose to spend their day here. Considering it was the end of August, hence the end of the summer break, a lot of Parisians were back home from their holidays, but still enjoying what was left of their vacation. Families with children, couples, and even a solitary individual napping peacefully! ;p
We walked excitedly looking for our "spot" when we saw that there was an actual restaurant in the park. Thankfully, we brought our own food though because the establishment was closed.
So we finally found the perfect spot. The view of the city was spectacular and love was definitely in the air! <3
On our way to the park, we stopped by the first take-out place we could find - Asian! Because we didn't eat breakfast, we rapidly devoured our lunch - sautéed noodles, fried shrimp roll, chicken wings, broccoli, fresh summer roll and sweet and sour meatballs.
Moving to France made me realize a lot of things about myself and my life. One of these is the realization of how truly lucky I am to have wonderful friends. And not just any kind of friend - a childhood friend. KR and I have known each other for 20 years already (we're both 28 years old now) and I know what we have is a special kind of friendship that will last a long time. So despite being in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, I felt this afternoon that it didn't matter where in the world I was, what mattered most was with who I was with.
After 5 hours of lying down on the grass and talking about everything and anything, we thought it would be fun to explore the park some more.
The scenery was beautiful and the view just one of a kind. It's been a while since I last saw Paris from this point of view. And look what I spotted from far away- La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre.
Another couple spotted - made me realized how much I miss my own partner, MR. But guess what??? He's arriving in Paris tonight! :D