Saturday, 22 September -- Paris

We only had this one day here, so decided to just hit a few high points. We went to a local cafe for breakfast, which was expensive, but felt very Parisian. We walked along the Left Bank, past bouquinists, to the Musee D'Orsay.

There was a long, but quickly-moving line and we greatly enjoyed the museum for a few hours. It's good prep for the places we'll see on our cruise that are associated with the Impressionists. We had lunch at a sidewalk cafe outside the museum, watching the street life. At the metro station there, we bought one-day passes,

then took the Metro to Notre Dame. We decided to admire it from the outside, since the lines and crowds looked intimidating. We had been in before, so will hold on to those memories.

Next stop was the George V station on the Champs Elysees. That's where we used to get on and off for our hotel when we were here 35 years ago.

Luckily, we had decided on that destination beforehand, because, in the crowd, I couldn't get on the train Larry had boarded. I caught the next one and  we met up at George V and walked about a bit in the rain. We didn't go in search of our old hotel.

 Next stop was the Louvre, where we explored The Carousel (new since we were here last) and sat in the courtyard for awhile. Back at St. Germain de Pres, we stopped at the church and bought tickets for a concert tonight. Then put our feet up in our room for a bit. We had no English exchanges with locals today, and got or found out everything we wanted -- good to  know the French still works.
The concert tonight was great. For starters, it was in a church built in the 11th and 12th centuries, currently undergoing massive restoration -- what we could see was magnificent. And the 5 musicians were very good. Eight of us were there to enjoy it. Now to pack up, ready to leave tomorrow morning.

 Photos of the Day 

Next Day: Paris to Ypres


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