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Jill McCracken’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 08 Jan 2011

Location: Paris, France

MapLe Petit Pont

Today we had a quick afternoon meeting about upcoming classes (yes, classes DO start on Tuesday)!! Then we met some new Guelph folks and decided to head to an electronic store to grab adapters since some of ours have not been working at the house. Matt had been to the store a few times, so he played tour guide up to St. Germain des Pres. Adapters in hand, we found a giant discount shoe store. Sales are regulated in France and can only legally happen in January and July. Half off black boots in Paris? Yes, please. For only $30 Canadian, I fit in now. But goodness they have a fuzzy lining that might be too warm quickly! I must reiterate how ghastly the adjustment to January weather has been for us; going from -15 to +15 is a big jump.

Anyway, we needed to show Matt our beloved pub, so we walked back to Notre Dame to show him La Guillotine. We will definitely return but come earlier so we can grab a spot to sway near the band. We considered a snack before heading home and authentic French food at Le Petit Pont was the quick decision. The waiters here were so much more accommodating than our waiter at the race-car restaurant, but I believe they are used to tourists and used to Anglophones. None the less, Sarah, Matt and I decided to dive into French cuisine, frog legs and escargot: check. Kas had a beautiful mushroom pasta dish (with that little something in the sauce that we couldn't put our finger on) and Emily tried the scallops & leek dish. Emily's face upon eating the frog legs was priceless, but she got it down. I have to say, they don't taste like chicken at all! I would say the texture of chicken but the taste of fish. Either way, I was acutely aware that I was eating a frog, but I was still *hoppy.