10:40am: It has been raining for the past weekend and today it finally clears up.
11:58pm: I arrive at Boucherie Moderne, a place i found through Alex French Guy Cooking, one of my favourite channels. I ask if they serve jambon beurre sandwiches like in Alex’s video, but they tell me that the boucherie only serves had and I would need to get my own baguette next door and DIY the sandwich.
12:11pm: Next door is a boulangerie, but I figure that i have no means to make my own jambon beurre right now. By this time I’m also really hungry having skipped breakfast, so I settle for a pre-made mixte beurre (jambon and chèvre) at the boulangerie. It’s not bad.
12:30pm: My next destination is Canal Saint-Martin. I have chosen this philosophy where I do minimal research beforehand, say, just pick one or two places that I wanted to check out, go there, and see what happens from there. The metro stop for the start of the canal (well, not exactly the start of it, but where you can start walking along it) is République.
1:00pm: I finish the rest of my mixte beurre by the canal, along which you can sit and dangle your legs over the water. I love that you can get so close to it. There are many picnickers The water is green (reminds me of the Olympic pools this year) but it reflects the buildings beautifully. The scenery looks like an Alfred Sisley painting.
2:00pm: I basically take 10 stops along the canal, to sit for a little bit whenever I get tired (from taking the slowest stroll ever) or just to gaze at the water and let my mind wander. It's a strange feeling, being able to take time out of the day and walk around and not really have a destination, being able to stop whenever I want and sit and not do anything.
2:48pm: At the end of the canal is the coolest café ever. I had seen it on Tastemade's Alice in Paris series and I can't believe I'm stumbling upon it! Le Pavillon des Canaux! I order a cheesecake and a café noisette for my afternoon snack.
2:55pm: Seriously this place is awesome. The entire space is decorated with an eclectic, vintage, antique kind of vibe feel, with a lightbox that says "Bienvenue au Pavillon", colourful cushions and high back chairs. There's even an upstairs that leads to a balcony. On a black chalkboard it reads, “Entendu au Pavillon, ‘Le seul endroit où on peut manger dans la baignoire!’” You can eat in a bathtub! There's a bed in there! I can't even describe how chill this place is; Alice does a much better job at making it seem like the coolest café ever.
3:30pm: Shopping at CityPharma is such a nightmare. I've heard so many people rave abut this place so I decide to give it a go. They do stock a lot of inventory that I haven’t found anywhere else and the prices are quite cheap, but the craziness here is just unbelievable. I say “pardon” every 10 seconds, trying to move past people to get to practically every shelf. It’s impossible to just come here and browse. You really have to know what you’re getting because you don’t want to stay here for more than 15 minutes. Maybe next time I’ll try to come here at a less busy time, for example, 8am.
4:00pm: Literally just as I walk into the station at Saint-Michel the metro staff start closing down the station due to a suspicious package.
4:05pm: I decide to go to Shakespeare & Co. to read a little bit; hopefully the station will be cleared in a bit and I can go home. The public library/reading room upstairs has a window through which you can see the Notre-Dame, and pretty much every single person who walks in here sits by the window and take a picture. They would pick up a book that’s been left on the desk and pose with it, either reading attentively or looking out out the window ponderously. For an average of 30 seconds, but some of them would have their personal photographers take multiple shots from different angles and it might take longer. I want to switch out the book with something less appropriate, like the kama sutra, and unsuspecting people would grab that as a prop instead, and there will be thousands of photos of the people posing with the kama sutra on the internet and it will be known as the cult of kama sutra at Shakespeare & Co.
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