Two weekend’s ago me and my French museum buddy visited the Rodin Museum. We absolutely loved it! The museum is located right by Invalides in the 7th. Super easy to get to from the Varenne metro stop at 79 Rue de Varenne.
We got there right when the museum opened at 10am which was such a great idea because there was a very long line when we left around noon. Tickets are 9 euros, or 1 euro to visit just the gardens. If you’re on a budget, the gardens are a must. All of the famous sculptures including the Three Shadows, The Thinker, and the Gates of Hell are located in the mansion’s grounds. Inside the first building are mostly unfinished sculptures by Rodin. The main building where he used to live includes the famous Balzac studies and several other sculptures.
The gardens are beautiful!!! Verdict: I loved it! And will probably return with a book or just to stroll around for a euro in the garden.
After your visit, head over to Invalides! And take a picture sitting on a cannon. It’s free to walk inside and see the massive cobblestone square over which Napoleon’s statue looms.
Well I knew it was going to happen eventually, being here for a year. I’ve avoided it for 2 months now, but no longer!! Je suis malade en Paris!! I’m sick in Paris! It started after a crazy weekend where all of a sudden my throat started hurting Sunday evening. The next morning, I was dying. Pulled out the handy small flashlight my mom got for me and… AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
Frantic texts to several friends, and lots of internet searches later and I was absolutely convinced that I had tonsillitis. There was some Google image search compared with my throat going on. ughh. According to the internet, I wouldn’t be better for 7-10 days?!?!
I needed a confirmation from a doctor but being new in Paris I had no clue where to go. It wasn’t serious enough to go to the hospital, and I didn’t want to wait hours at a clinic. A friend suggested sos medecin and SAMU – two services for non-life threatening illnesses where they come visit you at your house. The next text was to my French friend just as a doublecheck, who pulled a list of general practioners near me. yess!! A couple hours later and a friend helped me call a couple and I had an appointment for the next day- check!
The next morning my throat was worse…. aghhhhhhhhhh.. I made the decision to skip class. I just wasn’t in the mood for making a pear cake at 8:30 in the morning. Slept till noon. Then my friend met me to go with me to the doctor’s office.
Doctor’s offices are actually in apartments here. You wouldn’t even notice the little plaque on the wall announcing their name walking down the street. Hence why I had such problems finding them! Followed the signs up a flight of stairs, and all of a sudden we were in an apartment converted into a doctor’s office. Apparently there’s no waiting at the front desk (which we learned after a couple of minutes). Just a quick walk through to the waiting room to sit until the doctor comes by to call your name.
The Doctor was incredibly nice!!! In his very spacious used to be a bedroom or living room. haha I had my one French phrase down pat- “J’ai mal a la gorge!” My throat hurts! Said with a big smile. uh oh. Lots of French questions from the doc – a glance at my friend. :-D Translating! The doctor actually knew some English so it was a funny mix of him talking to Jenni in French or me in English.
Super quick exam because well it was obvious what I had. There might have been a gasp from the Doctor when he saw my throat. hahaha Yup- a serious cause of Tonsillitis. Recovery time… 2 days. To which I might have thrown my arms in the air and said yay!!!!!! Three prescriptions!! Two for very strong antibiotics, the other an Advil throat spray. c’est cool!!!
The total for the visit 45 euros, paid in his office! Not bad, not bad. Grand total on my meds… 31 euros. Adds up but I’m just happy to be better in 2 days! I’ll be running it past the expat health insurance I have here through HCCMIS.
Final verdict– awesome! Super easy, very friendly doctor, not very expensive, and on time! Paris, why do I get so lucky with things while I’m here? There just haven’t been any major headaches! hmm I wonder if that means there’s something brutal planned for later? hahaha I guess I’ll just be content being loopy on antibiotics and eating soup with a baguette until then or at least till I’m better.
Don’t understand all of this but pretty darn funny and true! haha Viva la France!
Included in our tuition at the Cordon Bleu is a lunch cruise along the Seine! Jeans, forbidden! Because the chefs were going to be wearing suits. Yet, when we should up, my favorite chef looked like he’d just been running in adidas running pants, sneakers, but then a white boating type sweater was thrown on top? haha
Word to the wise if you’re going on a boat cruise, sit on the side that doesn’t look sunny, especially if the boat is enclosed!!! Man was it hot until the boat turned around!
first course.. . a lot of smoked salmon. It was good but……
One of the three wines we had. This one was delicious!
View from the boat!
Veal with a side of cheesy mashed potatoes. SOOOOO good!!!!!
Some gorgeous ladies!
oh Jacob… Group pic!
The much analyzed strawberry tart for dessert. That pastry cream is messy and you’re not supposed to see it!
My country tis of thee. I see the Statue of Liberty!
Me and Chef Pascal. haha ah yes The one that showed up in Adidas running pants.
I’m loving having an espresso after I eat!! Freakin’ yummy!!
View of the Eiffel from the boat.
15 min roof top party afterwards at Edward’s before the neighbor’s complained!
w/ chips, salsa, and Sangria!!! Jenni… you know the way to my heart!!!
Chillin’ at the park after being kicked out of the apartment! haha too fun!
I conquered the weigh your fruit/veg and have the guy put a sticker on it station!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I might have been walking through the grocery store afterwards grinning because I’ve bombed it every single time until now.
Let’s back up though. The French are very particular about how things should be done. The super market is no different. Here’s a couple things I’ve noticed:
When checking out, items, even if they are in a basket, have to be taken out of the basket and placed on the moving conveyor belt, but only when the one plaque separating your stuff from the next persons has been moved to divide it.
Avoid eye contact with other customers. haha no really.
And then there’s the weighing area. There are three scales with a person behind them that has every produce number memorized. Here’s how it goes. Utilize every single scale, placing the items all at once- one on each scale, then moving them off, after a sticker is placed on them, as quickly as possible. Then put down the others. You can only weigh things that are not priced by the item. So- when you’ve got 10+ items to weigh it can get a bit hairy! Talk about hand coordination!! It kind of becomes a game. Place, take off, switcheroo, take off, keep everything separated, only weigh the right things. ya I did that!!!!! bahahaha The weighing person got a big smile afterwards and I almost skipped away. almost.
Forget to weigh something? They stop the checkout line while you go to get it weighed and ticketed. :-) agh!! Ah France… hahaha
Now to figure out the yogurt section. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH YOGURT IN MY LIFE. This is literally one third of the section. I don’t know if I’m terrified or excited to find the one I like.
Awesome day in Paris :-)