5. May 15th. Saturday
Spent the second day in Paris wandering a bit, seeing some famous places, shooting several rolls of film. Montmartre was one of the first places we visited. It was actually super touristy. We were particularly intrigued that day by the nature of street performances, both of the performance and spectators, and then in a perfectly meta-moment, admitted to each other our own often intrigue.
From Montmartre we walked down the butte through the much more ritzy shopping district around the opera house. We even walked through the obelisk’ed courtyard of the Ritz Paris on our way to the Louvre, which we didn’t actually visit or tour. Due to limited time and our desire not to spend the rest of the day on our feet we instead got sandwiches and a coke at the only food cart in the entire Louvre courtyard (which is quite massive). I can’t remember the particular type for the types of sandwiches, but mine was tuna of some sort and Laura’s had brie and lettuce. The end of the day took us also through a greek district and through the Cathedral of Notre Dame before heading back to the flat at nightfall.
The third day in Paris we visited the Cimetiere Pera Lachaise (Paris Cemetery) to see the ancient gravestones and mausoleums. I remember Michal telling me the cemetery is a must visit, especially because Jim Morrison is buried there. It wasn’t hard at all to find his grave when we got there, we simply found where the large crowd was standing, slightly resembling an onlooking crowd at a red carpet event. It began raining at midday (it had been overcast and cold since we arrived in Paris) and the rest of the day, which consisted mostly of searching for shoes (unsuccessfully) was slightly uncomfortable. That night Craig had found us some live music to attend, a small close-quartered jazz bar where we found an American jazz singer who had skills but was not as impressive as my roommate MIchal, who will be happy to hear this). This jazz singer in Paris did, however, have an accompaniment on the lute and an occasional wooden flute.