A Change in Plans

Day 13 (Tuesday)

The baguettes were delicious.
The baguettes were delicious
Tuesday morning began like any other. I woke up, showered, changed into my dress clothes (for our Michelin visit), and enjoyed a breakfast of bread, Nutella, meat, and cheese. The Tronts had given us an extra few minutes in the morning, assuming that the train station was a 10 or 15 minute walk like the lady at the front desk had told us. By the time we left, we had 25 minutes to catch our train.

After walking for about 15 minutes, we began to wonder if we should have reached it. Dr. Tront assured us that we would reach it soon, but after another 10 minutes we were doubtful. I began to walk ahead, and when we had only 5 minutes to catch our train I began to run, looking for the right station. After running ahead for a while, it became clear that we would not make it unless we all ran – which was not going to happen. Needless to say, we missed the train. After sitting in the station for twenty minutes or so trying to figure out when the next train would come, we found out that we would not be able to catch a later train in time for our tour. Instead, the Tronts informed us that it would be a free day, and that we could spend it how we wished.

After getting baguettes with several other people, I went to the shopping district for a few hours with Meghan Chaney, Anne, and David, and while I did not purchase anything it was a memorable experience. Perhaps most memorably, we spent about 45 minutes looking for a specific store where Meghan spent around $40 on “gourmet” macaroon cookies she had promised her sister. Anne and Meghan had an enjoyable time window-shopping and looking around a few places, and I was content tagging along. There wasn’t anything better to do on such short notice, and it was enjoyable just hanging out without all 25 people together at once.

Arc de Triomphe in the middle of Paris
Cathedral on the hill
We also visited the Arc de Triumphe in the center of Paris, as well as the Saint Pierre de Montmartre, which is a church on a hill that overlooks Paris. Later in the day a few of us saw a movie being filmed, so naturally we walked back and forth a few times to make sure we were in the background.

We went to an Italian restaurant that evening, where I ordered lamb. It was very good, but was unfortunately not very filling. Several of us found a small shop where I got a Panini and a crepe, after which I was very content. That evening was very relaxing, and after walking around Paris for a while we went back to the hotel for the night, speculating about the volcanic eruption.

They were filming some sort of movie... I just might have to start watching French movies to see if I'm in it.
The movie set (yeah I know, I'm pretty much famous.)