Today was a little better than expected. It did not begin with a baguette like I had hoped, instead I found comfort in a chocolat eclair from Boullanger Patisserie across from my hotel. It was my first fully-French dialog, which of course I messed up by mumbling. Oh well! 2 Euro later I was happily traipsing down the street on a mission to take the metro to Saint-Germaine De Pres. I'll admit, I wasn't sure about when it would be acceptable to eat the eclair because so many people have different customs. I had not seen anyone in Paris eating on the street, so for all I knew it was offensive or something. Finally I caught a glimpse of a monsieur munching on a bagel, and took it as a sign that I was A-okay.
You know how sometimes you get eclairs at the grocery store and sometimes their rock solid, and other times they are just soaked with the cream from inside? Well, this eclair was right in the middle. It was light without having a rock-hard shell to keep it that way. And! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the cream inside was chocolate...not only that, but I didn't have an allergic reaction! I decided that it was a chance to celebrate (do I really need a reason? I'm in Paris, that's reason enough!) at Les Deux Magots. My cousin was in Paris last month and told me I MUST visit there, so sure enough I did. When I got to the cafe I had no idea what to do, so I just watched others as they approached. They seemed to be just sitting outside, so I did the mimicked them...hopefully not in a completely obvious way.