Saturday, December 6, 2008

Day 3

Off to Paris we went!

With a long three hour drive (although can you really complain when you can hop in a car and drive to Paris?) Meredith and Liesl arrived in the beautiful city, found a parking spot and jumped on the Metro. Meredith was tickled to see that the Metro resembled the L, just a lot prettier and a lot more people wearing black.

They hopped off and found themselves in the Red Light District where they got to see The Moulin Rouge. You can see their audition photos when the producers asked them to audition below, but the producers told them that they were way too sexy for the show. But they already knew that.

After this Meredith was beginning to feel the affect of waking up at 2:30 in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep, and was trudging along. As Liesl led her up what seemed like more than a thousand steps, the explitives she was thinking in her mind seemed to get louder and louder until the clouds parted like a light from heaven as they came upon the carousel area from Amelie. They jumped on the carousel not realizing you needed to pay and quickly scampered off as they were shot looks by the operator.

They ate a lovely lunch at one of Liesl's "favorite" coffee shops in Paris and then walked back up to the carousel area. Liesl explained to Meredith the phenomenon of these men from Africa that hang around the area, come up to you, tie a string around your finger, and won't let you go until you pay them money (they almost got Meredith, if you can imagine that, but Liesl saved the day). Meredith was so intrigued that she decided to videotape them, only to have one of them come up and tell Liesl how Frenchmen "know how to give the good sex". Liesl pondered on this, "how would he know since he was from Africa?"

Back on the Metro they went and jumped out at L'Arc de Triomphe and proceeded to a French candy and pastry store where Meredith later declared "no really, now I can die a happy woman", after tasting the delectable fruit flavored macaroons they had to offer.

They were back on the Metro and into the Louvre courtyard to see the large class pyramids, then across the Saine and to Les Deux Magots the famous restaurant where Hemingway, Gertrude Stein & others would come to discuss existentialism. Liesl and Meredith mostly discussed how cute their French waiter was (sorry Nate, not as cute as you:) ) and Liesl's time of "being" once she gets home (Susan KRIEGER should be proud of that productivity).

Off to Saint Sulpice which is the cathedral which has the Rose Line that is talked of in the DaVinci code. The altar was gorgeous and breathtaking and the two took some time to sit, reflect and pray.

Leaving they stepped into a little French store where Meredith saw lambs that moved on a little stick, then decided she couldn't buy one unless she bought the one that was all beat up because no one else would buy it, realized she should save her money for the German Christmas Markets, apologized to the lamb and they left. Meredith still feeling a bit of guilt for the poor 1 euro lamb she had not taken home. Meredith asked Liesl how to say "goodbye and I'm sorry" in French so that the lamb would understand her. Liesl has since christened Meredith the "Messiah of Misfit Toys".

From there they strolled down the streets of the Latin Quarter and down the Seine to the Notre Dame Cathedral. They crossed over to the Ile St. Louis (island in the middle of the Seine) where Johnny Depp resides. They were astonished when they saw him come out of his apartment and began to chase them down the street yelling that he wanted them to be sister wives. They were tempted to comply (you would be too), but refused due to their never wavering moral code.

They then meandered to Liesl's "favorite" fondue restaurant for dinner. It was delicious and during dessert, Meredith said, "get your camera out, I'm about to do something." And the rest will speak for itself...

Bon Nuit!

Liesl & Meredith


Grandma Susan said...

Someday, PLEASE!!!!, let's all, and I mean ALL Ray, Susan, Susan, Liesl, Meredith, Nate, Brian, Carlie, Will, Mile, etc. etc. go on
this trip!!!!!!!!

Grandma Susan said...

Did you really see Johnny Depp?
Tell me yes. Even if it isn't true, tell me yes.!!!!!!!

sakhome1 said...

I'm ready--but we have to bring a man or I'd be tempted to take the french guy up on his offer. Ok, now that I shocked Liesl--I hope--I loved your day in Paris! Thanks for sharing! Susan (K)

nate said...

I love you and your little french stash!

My phone died when we were talking. So I bid you sweet dreams my love. You are second to Christ! I love you SO MUCH! Have fun!

By the way, what exactly did the french man look like? Where does he live? Maybe mr french handsome man isn't all his butt cracked him up to be.

o i am kidding, not very good at being tough.

Mads says she loves you. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Grace said...

Your posts are so much to read! It looks like you lovely ladies are having an incredible time 8) Give Johnny Depp a kiss for me!
Much Love,

Grace said...

ahhhh!!! Sorry...meant to say "so much FUN to read" Can't wait to read todays!!!!

Unknown said...

just so you know, it's "bonne nuit" because "nuit" is a "feminine" word ;)