Paris – Saturday

This is our first full day in Paris – day one (arrival) was reported on my Saturday Walks blog, yesterday. We eventually got the oven to work (Sharon made a cup of tea and hey presto the oven worked – no idea how or why!!). But we still have THAT smell.

Tour de Eiffel

Following a leisurely breakfast of bread and croissant (for me) and two almond/chocolate croissants for Sharon, we were on our way. To be fair, I only asked for one Almondine in the shop but I seemed to be charged for (and received) two, of which Sharon only ate half of one. Just saying.

We walked along our street, around the corner and there was the Eiffel Tower in the mid-morning mist. It was cloudy in Paris today until about 1.00pm but not too cold. We queued for about 20 minutes to get our tickets to the top and to begin our accent – a good start to the day really. For history’s sake it cost €15 each to the sommet. SommetThe views were fine, but not spectacular because of the overcast sky – but we could now buy the teashirt (we didn’t but .. we could).  We walked down from 2eme etage, which was exciting. 

We then wandered blindly on and found the Jardin des Invalides, a pleasant garden which, if I’d brought my Panasonic camera wire, I’d show some of – but I stupidly left it at home – doh. We may visit the Museum (des Invalides) here tomorrow.

We eventually found the river again and had lunch upon a stationary bateau mouche. We then weaved for a while en route to Notre Dame along the left bank (I think and came up onto the road that The  Musee d’Orsey (We may visit the Museum here tomorrow) and spent quite a while in the grounds of the Palais de Louvre. (We may visit the Museum here tomorrow).

The queues for Notre Dame were just too long so we passed it by and set off to see the Pompidou Centre (We may visit here tomorrow). But we came to the Metro Station first and returned to the apartment as we were worn out 😉

Metro

 

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