Really super day, lunch followed by a hack on Perfect Pancake with Sonya. Then a visit to see Chaco who is very much loved and happily settled with Anne.
Friday, 26 August 2016
Friday, 19 August 2016
Monday was a more relaxed day heading out of town to Monet's garden and by Tuesday I was clearly perfecting my Parisian look, people were asking me for directions (obviously having not seen me do three laps trying to exit the Metro station) and no one was trying to sell me a bling bling Eiffel Tower anymore. I walked along the old raised railway line at Bastille, now planted up allowing you to stroll along and watch the world below you. I did however made the rookie mistake of heading to the Louvre, oh look there is hardly any queue I thought... err no there is a handful of people reading the "we are closed on Tuesdays notice!" So I had a wee dose of culture at Musee d' Orsay before heading to The Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes. The second oldest zoo in the world and to be honest it does look pretty dated in places but the animals seemed content enough.
Arrived in sunny (gloriously sunny!) Paris last Friday after a small run in with customs, it would appear that the foreign office is fine with your passport being valid for the duration of your stay, surly french customs officer less so. "I think you will be going home today" I gave him a steely gaze "I think not" after a phone call and his face falling he waved me through, I didn't push for an apology!
I had decided that due to space constrictions with hand luggage that I would leave the camera and be sensible with shoe choices - fifteen miles or so later it became apparent I'd failed spectacularly on that front too, so here we have Paris by iPhone with added blisters. Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur (with view of Eiffel Tower), Eiffel Tower (with view of Sacre Coeur), The Louvre pyramids, Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre all ticked off in true tourist style.