Last week was non-stop! I had a really busy time leading English language workshops to children across for Paris, but luckily had some time to relax too in between classes and in the evenings.
I was lucky to have Andy fly out to see me on the Friday evening so we had a great weekend of exploring Paris. After work on Friday we checked out the coolest bar in the 10th arrondissement called Les Petites-Écuries which was decorated inside with mis-match car headlights and had a great happy hour menu! After this, we walked round the corner and ate some delicious pizza at Lucky Luciano, which a work friend claimed the best pizza in the city…and she was not wrong!
Over the weekend we also had the chance to recreate our own Pancake Day as were both so busy with essay deadlines at the time in February that we missed out. After this we took the train to Saint Germain-en-Laye and visited the castle (free for those under 26, with a great museum inside) and headed over for a super two course 15,50€ menu at St Malo just across the road.
On Sunday we decided to head to the famous markets of Rue Mouffetard which were lined with the best boulangeries, patisseries, charcuteries and every –erie in between! Following this, we wandered the little streets nearby and stumbled upon the Panthéon (also free for those under 26) which we loved. Inside the church was beautiful, and it was really interesting to see the tombs of so many people I have studied in my French lectures back at Leeds University, like Victor Hugo and Émile Zola. Continuing our venture exploring this beautiful area, we discovered the Jardin du Luxembourg just around the corner and sat in the sunshine whilst children played with the little boats on the water and many people sat back and relaxed in the free-for-all green metal chairs dotted across the park. Later on, inspired by our earlier visit to the Panthéon we spent the afternoon watching Les Miserables and I spent the afternoon refraining from performing a one-woman version of One Day More….
After an incredibly busy day back at work today, preparing work in the office, and rushing across Paris to teach in primary schools and in after-school English clubs I can say how much I truly appreciate the weekend and a day off! Whilst I await the weekend and enjoy the four day week back at work, I will also throw myself into my teaching because as I sit on the train home and spy the Eiffel Tower out of my window, I am reminded of how lucky I am to be working in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
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