Our second day in Paris was a whirlwind! We started the day with a visit to a community makerspace/food lab. Community members can rent space to work on computers, 3d printers, and use saws and tools. One woman uses the saw there to cut out pieces for doll houses she creates, which she sells to people in Japan. The food lab space is rented by caterers and used to teach cooking skills to the refugee population.
After the makerspace visit, we walked through Buttes-Chaumont park, a hilly park created in a former quarry. We loved the waterfall in the cave!
Then on to Montmartre, a part of Paris with artists and shops, and small winding streets. At the very top sits the Sacre-Coeur chapel, overlooking a gorgeous view of the city!
Then down the hill and an Uber ride to the Notre-Dame Cathedral. In the cathedral square, a large flock of birds congregates, waiting for brave pedestrians to feed them as they perch on their arms.
We worked up an appetite and went to a fromagerie (cheese store), charcuterie (butcher shop) and patisserie (pastries) to pick up items for our dinner.
We ended the evening with a night-time visit to the Eiffel Tower. Every hour after dark, the tower sparkles with lights for five minutes and we were lucky to be in the tower for these lights.
Tomorrow, we head to the airport at 6:00 am, take a 6 ½ hour flight from Paris to Bangui, Central Africa, then a short 1 hour flight to Yaounde, Cameroon. Farmer Tantoh, here we come!
Date Created: February 15, 2016 Date Last Updated: June 9, 2019