Friday, December 16, 2011

Paris, Part 2

  We started our second day by getting a delicious croissant from a crowded bakery on the way to the Luxembourg Gardens. This is the location of the French Senate, as well as a very population spot for joggers and people practicing some form of tai-chi or self-defense.(Seriously, it was strange how many people were doing it. Maybe it was a class?) From there we walked to Notre Dame. There was a huge Christmas tree in front of the Cathedral and a very intricate Nativity Scene inside. Our next stop was the Sacre Coeur Cathedral in the Montmartre district.
   And that’s when the strangest thing happened. Unbelievable even. As we were exiting a Metro train to change lanes, Caitlin turns to me to whisper that the guy right behind us looks like our Italian roommate. (Oh by the way, did I mention his name is Fabio?? Yes, Fabio. From Italy. No resemblance though.) So I sneakily turn around, and, to say he looks like Fabio would be an understatement. We let him pass to get a better look.  Same features, same clothes and everything. It dawns on us that this could be his identical twin that we’ve only seen once on skype. We follow him onto the train and decide it worth a shot to ask him if he has a brother. He does. And it’s our roommate. Turns out he and his friend were going to Sacre Coeur too, so we went together to the cathedral and the art district nearby. It’s a small world after all.
                We walked back to Montmartre that night to have a glass of hot wine and watch the people posing for portraits and caricatures. We had an early flight back to Madrid, but we really enjoyed our fall weekend in the City of Lights!

Luxembourg Gardens (above and below)

Notre Dame
Coincidental Metro run-in 
Sacre- Coeur
Montmartre art square

In the square with some hot wine!

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