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Published: September 21st 2009
Tuesday 8 September
This morning we walked up Rue Cler and I grabbed a lovely little French donut for breakfast. We had walked past a few patisseries, but you could smell this one a full block before you got there. The children were all walking to school with their families. School was just a door in the wall. The kids there go to school only 4 days a week. They have every Wednesday off. Instead, they go from 8 to 5.
We got the Metro to Notre Dame and had a walk around and in the Cathedral. Notre Dame is probably my favourite cathedral of those that I have seen so far. After having a look inside, I went my separate way to the others and explored the left bank. I walked over the bridge to the lle Saint Louis. It was a lovely little island. Seemed quite upper class. It was very quiet and peaceful. I walked on to see the outside of St Sulpice.
I walked around the streets until I found Boulevard St Germaine and Boulevard St Michel. They were both lovely streets in the Latin Quarter. I really love the feel of the Left Bank and don’t
agree with people who say it’s not worth visiting. Then again…. I like the older part of every city I visited more than the newer, modern sides.
I walked on to the Jardin du Luxembourg and had a walk around the beautiful gardens and looked at the palace. Lovely spot! I made way back to Notre Dame where the bells were ringing. The line up of people to climb the towers was huge! I had planned on visiting St Chapelle, but the line up was way too long. I settled for a savoury crepe for a snack and just soaked in the atmosphere. It was time to go on the Metro and meet the others at Galleries La Fayette. It amazes me how far you have to walk underground to get to your line, or your exit at times. I made it to my platform and the train arrived. The doors wouldn’t open however. The people inside were getting very hot after about 10 minutes. There were messages on the loudspeaker in French, but I couldn’t understand. Eventually the doors opened and everyone got off and left the platform. I was thoroughly confused until I heard the word ‘suicide’ and
was pushed aside by ambulance officers with a stretcher running down. I decided I was safest to walk to another line all together. As I was waiting at the lights, a line of police on bikes came through, standing up and blowing their whistles, followed closely by a van with police officers and machine guns hanging out the windows. Don’t know what that was all about!
I made it to the Opera exit at the Auber stop and took some photos of the Opera building before going to meet the others. I was there about an hour, as they were lost. The Gallery had a lovely dome roof, but really wasn’t worth the visit. It’s just a shopping centre like Myer in the middle of more beautiful buildings.
We went back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. We ate at the local Café Central on Rue Cler. The meal was delicious! I had chicken breast and risotto. Just divine. The drinks were so expensive. I had a Bacardi and coke for 9 Euro!
We hopped on the Metro after dinner and went to Bastille, ready for our cruise with Canauxrama. They were much smaller and better than last
time. It was interesting going through a lock for the first time!
There were only a few people upstairs and we had a lovely view of everything the Seine had to offer. The highlight of course being the tower. They time it perfectly so you see it twinkling on the way back.
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