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A Day Communing with Nature

I slept late this morning, so instead of having breakfast in my apartment, I headed down to the St Germain des Pres district and had coffee and croissants and orange presse at Les Deux Magots Cafe. I shared my breakfast with some sparrows and pigeons.

Croissant thief

Then, because I was feeling tired after several days heavy museum viewing and sightseeing, and because the sun was shining, if fitfully, I decided to spend the day cruising the Seine. I bought a day pass for the Batobus - the little water-ferry that does a circuit tour up and down the Seine from the Eiffel Tower to the Jardins des Plantes. I caught it at the Louvre, and went all the way round to the Jardin des Plantes. I then spent several hours wandering the gardens and found a frog pool, where I swear the frogs were croaking lines from Aristophanes ("Brek kek kek kek, koax koax")

Frog

I walked through the Jardin, had a look at the Grand Mosque de Paris, and bought a sandwich from a small shop behind the Mosque. This, I ate sitting in the Jardin, then I re-boarded the Batobus and cruised down to the Champs Elysees and from there up Rue Miromesnil to the Rue Boetie and "home." And there, I did some laundry, and read and caught up with my LJ, and here we are!

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brinian
May. 15th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
*facepalms* I WAS a frog once...my high school drama department put on "The Frogs" complete with thee frog chorus IN the pool doing synchronized (sort of ) swimming while playing the chorus. Now there's an experience I'm not sure I really want people to know about...and now I've gone and made it public knowledge. There are *some* experiences a liberal arts education just shouldn't give you...
owlfish
May. 16th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
I was once a plague-carrrying sewer rat for much the same sort of reason.
intertext
May. 15th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Hee. It makes a great story, though! This is the first time I've ever heard frogs REALLY going "brek kek kek kek..." Ours at home go "ribbit" but these ones were really loud and conversational!
lidocafe
May. 15th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the frog photo. That sounds like a lovely day.
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