Since the arrival of Spring, somehow without even knowing it, late afternoon walks has become a favorite past time of W and I. After a 4PM snack over tea and biscuits, we've made it a ritual now to go out for a rejuvenating walk under the glowing warm afternoon sun. It's the perfect way to end a weekend, and to pause and refresh for the coming week ahead.
Boulevard Pasteur is lined with the most elegant of Parisian apartments, and of course along with which come perfected lined trees that are in now in beautiful full bloom. Below, you may see the roof of a café emerging - Café Pasteur - a favorite of ours.
On a weekday after work, you might find W and I here sharing stories of our day over red wine as the sun sets before us, munching on the most delicious chips. I've admitted to W that sometimes I come here just for those chips.
Large areas of grass emerge as we walk more towards the Eiffel Tower. Sunday picnics are the best on these lawns as it's the best way to share simple food and conversations while enjoying the weather.
We continue to marvel at how beautiful apartments are around us. Maybe one day, we'll be able to afford something like this. Wouldn't it be nice to have a roof top to sip wine upon and watch the sun slowly set by the Eiffel Tower?
W shares snippets of his stories at work with me as we walk. We discuss each of our career paths, where we are today, and where we'll be going tomorrow. We don't want to bound to a single city - we would get too bored. We talk about how we'd love to live in Asia one day. Life would be completely different - the pace, the lifestyle, the things we'd do. Last year, I had no idea I would leave New York so soon. Paris could be farther away than ever in a just a few years. We reminded ourselves to enjoy our time here now.
It's funny how the Eiffel Tower has become a navigation tool for me. I know as long as I'm walking towards the tower, I'm walking to West of Paris. Here, parents were with their kids playing in front of the tower, and we watched them go up and down the pedestrian-only road with their scooters and kites.
Around 7PM, I would always start getting hungry, but of course since the sun doesn't fully set until around 9:30PM, our trek home is usually just as beautiful as it is on our way there. The long summer days is hands down my favorite part about this city.
I guess to be completely honest, we do cheat and take the above ground metro home sometimes. :) Line 6 is a beautiful view though that weaves above ground through the Parisian streets. :)
PS. excuse the image quality of my photos lately. I've been having issues getting my camera to focus properly :( it'll be fixed soon though!