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April 20, 2010 - A day in Paris, nice bonus!

In Paris we got tickets to Toulouse but now we had a free day in Paris. What fun.

Eglise Saint-Sulpice from our hotel room

Eglise Saint-Sulpice from our hotel room

Day 7 — April 20, 2010 (Tuesday)

We woke up in Paris! Life is good. We walked over to Paul’s for breakfast. It’s been a year but the same female beggar was at the door and the occasionally grumpy waitress, whom we have come to like over the years, is still there. She was in one of her more cheerful moods today. Paul’s hot chocolate is as good as we remembered. After breakfast, Ed gave a few coins to the perpetual beggar and we walked around the corner to the tabac and bought a new Paris Pratique map book. I didn't bring ours because we hadn't planned to visit Paris on this trip. Walked back to St. Sulpice and found a travel agent on the square. (Bailly Voyages, 10 Rue Saint-Sulpice75006 Paris, France +33 (0)1 5542-7000) She quickly got us train tickets to Toulouse for tomorrow morning. Then walked back to the hotel and extended one more night.

Paul's on rue de Buci - Breakfast

Paul's on rue de Buci - Breakfast

Market on rue de Seine

Market on rue de Seine

Le Passage de Cour du Commerce Saint-André

Le Passage de Cour du Commerce Saint-André

Walked back to rue de Buci to a cell phone store to see about getting Edie’s phone working. They weren’t open yet so we headed toward the Seine and soon found an open cell phone store. A pleasant salesman got us set up for the month and our chores were done. We headed to Notre Dame and played tourist. They’ve added signs to explain some of the carvings around the choir. The sun was streaming through the stained glass so I took pictures. Hope they come out.

Fontaine Saint Michel at Place Saint Michel

Fontaine Saint Michel at Place Saint Michel


Statue of Charlemagne in front of Notre Dame de Paris

Statue of Charlemagne in front of Notre Dame de Paris


Notre Dame de Paris - Entrance

Notre Dame de Paris - Entrance


Notre Dame de Paris - Stained Glass

Notre Dame de Paris - Stained Glass


Notre Dame de Paris - new signage

Notre Dame de Paris - new signage


Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris


Notre Dame de Paris - Stained Glass

Notre Dame de Paris - Stained Glass


Notre Dame de Paris - Stained Glass

Notre Dame de Paris - Stained Glass

Then we walked toward the Hotel de Ville and I bought a beautiful scarf to replace my ragged one . . . a nice souvenir. Continued across the Seine and then along it toward the Tuileries, my favorite place in Paris. We cut through the Cour Carée at the Louvre and then through the Cour Napoleon noting the fountains were turned off. Into the Tuileries . . . no little boats today . . . where it was very windy and dust was blowing. We found a table by the fountain and I had a coffee and we remembered our first visit many years ago when a sudden storm hit and we had the Tuileries all to ourselves. Fun memories.

The Conciergerie across the Seine

The Conciergerie across the Seine


Quai de la Mégisserie along the Seine in Paris

Quai de la Mégisserie along the Seine in Paris


The first plane we'd seen since the volcano erupted

The first plane we'd seen since the volcano erupted


The Louvre and Pei Pyramid in Paris

The Louvre and Pei Pyramid in Paris


Arc du Carrousel in The Tuileries Gardens in Paris

Arc du Carrousel in The Tuileries Gardens in Paris


The Tuileries Gardens in Paris

The Tuileries Gardens in Paris


The Tuileries Gardens in Paris

The Tuileries Gardens in Paris


A coffee in the Tuileries

A coffee in the Tuileries


The Tuileries Gardens in Paris

The Tuileries Gardens in Paris

We crossed the Pont L.S. Senghor (formerly Pont Solférino) to discover a Segway tour on the “down” side. There are padlocks all over the fence and we have no idea why. They are purely decorative . . . or symbolic. Will have to do some research. [Later discovered these are “love padlocks” put there by couples declaring their undying love. They were on the Pont des Arts but removed by the city in May, 2010. They are cropping up on bridges all over Europe and becoming a structural nuisance in addition to being incredibly ugly.] Continued to the Musée d’Orsay and up rue Bellechasse to a favorite restaurant where we had duck confit and a Cotes du Rhone. We hiked back to our hotel via rue de l’Université and rue Bonaparte, stopping at a pharmacie for band-aids (Compeed) and hydrogen peroxide for my poor blistered feet.

Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor - the lower level

Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor - the lower level


Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor - a Segway Tour on the upper level

Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor - a Segway Tour on the upper level


Musée d'Orsay

Musée d'Orsay


Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Près in Paris

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Près in Paris

By the time we got back, the cell phone had lost its charge so we recharged it. Ed called Peugeot and arranged to pick up our car at Toulouse (TLS) tomorrow. I tried to repair my feet – not very successfully – and then called Sylvia to tell her we’d meet her at our gite tomorrow between 4:00 and 6:00 PM. It’s taken a long time to get to Toulouse and our train is at 6:00 AM tomorrow so I hope it all works out. What an adventure!

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