After having been in Paris for a while, you’ll notice that most places you want to go are packed with tourists. It’s hard to find a quiet local place that you can enjoy. Take line 4 to metro stop Cité, and this little quaint market is right next to the exit! This place sells a all kinds of flowers and gardening accessories. I wanted to get flowers, but I decided it would probably die within a day or two…so I somehow picked up a “cactus flower” hahah…I only need to water it once a week…and it won’t bloom until two months later. Whooo! So it for sure won’t die within the next few weeks. My friend, Milena, she got a flower that grows out of a can…hahahaha super hippie, I know. We’ll have to see how that works out.
It was such a nice and quiet afternoon. We walked around the market, which was small, and then the two island Ile de la Cité and Ile de St Louis. Besides Notre Dame, which was packed with people, the rest of the place is pretty calm.
A little park, “Square de I’ile de France,” sits right behind the Notre Dame cathedral, and is a beautiful place for relaxing, reading…etc and all the chill things French people do in parcs.
On île St Louis there is this famous ice cream shop, Berthillon, which you have probably seen everywhere in Paris. But this is the original shop…with 70 flavors available!! Unfortunately it was closed, so…that’s for next time. But just an FYI…gotta go before the winter hits!
Île St Louis is actually pretty small, but filled with some cool boutiques. I saw a couple of cool toy shops haha and there is this awesome Biscuiterie….looks like the happier and brighter version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, seriously.