Chinatown & The 12th

Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
Trip End Aug 14, 2008

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Monday, August 11, 2008

This morning we got up very late--we're all very tired. We had breakfast and got ready for the day.

We hopped on the Metro to the 14th arr to see Chinatown. I'm not sure if we saw the main part of it or not. We really only saw two streets' worth, which consisted mainly of shops and restaurants. I found it interesting that many of the restaurants served not only Chinese food, but also Thai and Vietnamese food as well.

We found a restaurant for lunch, Prestige D'Asie, after checking out several to see what our options were. Since I am not good at any Asian languages, I thought I'd better find a place that has English translations on the menu or pictures, because I wasn't quite sure what I'd be ordering if I was trying to read French translations of Chinese or Thai or something. It was an intriguing position to be in.

But the restaurant we found had English AND pictures so we hit the jackpot! Woot! Yet I still ordered in French. How weird is that? The server did speak English though, and was very nice. We had Shrimp Dumplings, Shrimp Springrolls (Thai or Vietnamese style), Cantonese Fried Rice, and Grilled Pork all for under 20 Euros. It was a good, light meal. The kids LOVED it.

After eating, we went into a cool store that had beautiful tea pots, all kinds of cooking and serving paraphenalia, and other various Asian cooking items. It was fun to look around. They obviously supplied restaurants also.

Then we took the Metro to the Bastille. The kids wanted to go to a kids' store called La Baleine. We walked all over the 12th arr, but could never find the right street. We did see Gare de Lyon though; it's quite pretty from the outside. I really like the 12th. It looks like a great area to live.

We exhausted ourselves searching for that street. We took the Metro to Republique and consoled ourselves with crepes from our favorite crepe guy at the Tabac du Temple. He's very nice. We talked about California while he made our crepes, and he said he'd been to Los Angeles and San Francisco. He really liked San Fran, but thought L.A. was so big and said it's disappointing to most Europeans. I said I could see that and that it doesn't have much character.

Anyway, he only charged me 5 Eur for our 3 crepes (2 chestnut & 1 honey). And he said he was going to close. The crepes were boring him, lol. He said he'd been having trouble with the crepes the last couple of hours. For ours, he was going to make us fresh ones, but they weren't good enough for him. He had a bad crepe day. They were delicious though!

The kids played for awhile. Then DS went down the street with me to get some Turkish food for dinner. On the way he said he was ready to go home. I asked him why. He said he was tired of being a Parisian. LOL
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starlagurl on

How is that even possible? 'A bad crepe day'...and did he say it like that? 'Un mauvaise jour du crepes?' Haha, priceless.


kitkatgo on

Re: Haha!
Yeah, for some reason his crepes weren't turning out perfectly the last hour or so. He did actually say the crepes were boring him, so he was going to close, lol. I think *I* said it was a bad crepe day to him. We were speaking in English though. When he tried to make us fresh ones, and they did not turn out perfect, I said they looked ok to me. He said, 'No, not good enough.' So, he warmed up some he had made earlier.

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