A Discount Date Night Delight

Our days are mostly filled with school, work and baby-rearing. It’s not easy to forget that we live in one of the most amazing cities in the world, but we are realists- sometimes “life” just gets in the way of living that Parisian Hollywood Dream. So we’re constantly reminding ourselves to take advantage of the sweeter sides of Paris… so we’re sharing one of our Parisian Date Nights in which we did just that. And since we’re thrifty, our date quest was focused on finding cheap -or free!- things to do and see (and eat.)

Our first course began in… The Louvre! The home of the Mona Lisa is free on Friday nights from 6:00 – 9:45 for visitors 26 and younger. Parfait. We feasted our eyes on the Medieval Section and Sculptures.

My glamorous self in the medieval section of the Louvre.

My glamorous self in the medieval section of the Louvre. We’re in the basement of the museum, which was once above ground. The city was built literally on top of it. These stone walls were once the exterior walls of the castle.

Her actual glamorous self, Lady Venus de Milo.

Her actual glamorous self, Lady Venus de Milo.

Winged Victory: I speak for us all when I say it's not a win to be armless and headless.

Winged Victory: I speak for us all when I say it’s not a win to be armless and headless.

This is my favorite sculpture in the whole Louvre: Psyche revived by Cupid's Kiss. Silly girl opened a flask of deadly fumes and is knocked comatose: Cupid (or his much manlier-but-no-less suggestive Greek name, Eros) sees his beloved and rushes to her side- she's not dead. They embrace. Swoon.

This is my favorite sculpture in the whole Louvre: Psyche revived by Cupid’s Kiss. As the myth goes, silly Psyche opened a flask of deadly fumes and is knocked comatose: Cupid (or his much-manlier-but-no-less suggestive Greek god name, Eros) sees his beloved and rushes to her side- she’s not dead. Whew. They embrace. She becomes the Goddess of the Soul. Swoon.

We couldn't have a post with the Louvre without the  controversial Louvre pyramides, could we?!?!

We couldn’t have a post with the Louvre without the controversial Louvre pyramides, could we?!?!

If you’re ever feeling homesick in Paris, just go to the Louvre. This is where you will find your compatriots: there are no French people inside. And despite the fact that all the signage in the musée is in French, you won’t hear a single syllable of the language of love. No… Americans and other expats make their presence known.

Look at the colors! The sneakers! The overall lack of scarves! These are not Parisians, my friends.

Look at the colors! The sneakers! The overall lack of scarves and scowls! These are not Parisians, my friends.

Taking a trip back in time to medieval Paris and then Grecian sculptures can stir up a mighty hunger. Un gros faim. For our second course, we thought, where is the best place to go after free entrance to the Louvre? The Latin Quarter! Here the restauranteurs literally beg passersby to come inside, making it feel as if they are only one step away from paying people to eat in their restaurants.

Falafel it was. And it was so, so delicious. And vegan! Hah! 

Maoz

Hot falafel. Hot fries. Cold cola. It was pretty much the best thing a pocketful of change can buy. The Latin Quarter is one of the most famous student districts in Paris. It’s called the Quartier Latin/Quartier Parisien because at its heart is the Sorbonne and around it many other universities. In the middle ages, Latin was the international language of learning and so it was widely spoken in this area of town, hence, the “Latin Quarter.” It comes to life at night.

A historic walking district with cheap eats? What could be better? How about a free art show? This guy was amassing a crowd as we walked by. He was finished with his project in practically the same amount of time it takes to watch this video.

As you saw, the artist/performer’s only tools were a paint scraper, his fingers and pieces of cardboard and paper that he used to block, guide, lift and layer paint. David has declared spray paint art the next hobby he will master on his ever-growing list. :-)

And if this date night has been a feast for the eyes and for the brain, then you know there’s a going to be a tasty bite for the ears in there as well. You can get that for free, too- you just have to know where to find it. This is David’s favorite metro musician. The quality of the video is terrible, so if you want to watch, just turn down your volume a little. Sorry about that!  

The perfect finish to our Parisian meal is something sweet. Luckily we brought the perfect dessert with us.

I think laughter is the perfect end to any meal, n’est-ce pas?

À la prochaine,

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