Paris 2013: Day 32 — Walking the Seine


Saturday, 08/24/13

I woke up at 7:30am — 7:30am!   Now that is more like it!  I slept well last night.  The temperature was good and there were no bugs.   My DH woke up two hours later – just like at home.

Today is our last Saturday in Paris.  It rained last night and it was cloudy in the morning.   We are hoping the clouds will clear by the time we leave for our 12:30pm lunch date.   We are having lunch with my DH’s cousin again and her daughter.  We have never met the daughter before but she seems to be a very interesting person.   She speaks four languages and is currently living in Beijing, China with her own family.  We arrive at the restaurant a bit late – the Metro is fast but we are still poor at estimating our time of arrival anywhere.

We meet the cousins at La Bande à Bon’Eau, a nice brasserie in their neighborhood.   Even though my DH and I are pretty good at deciphering a French menu, it is good to let the experts do it.   In the end, we just let them order for us:

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Pickled Herring with warm potatoes — yummy!

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The special of the day — Chicken in a mustard cream sauce with pasta. Very, very, very, good!

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My DH passed on dessert, but I allowed myself to be talked into the Apple Tart. Excellent!

We were right – DH’s cousin’s daughter is very interesting.  We talked about life in China – the Olympics (where factories were closed down in an attempt to clean up the air, thus leaving the city nearly deserted of locals), the government ban on social media, and the social and environmental impact of the booming economy.  There is no place in the world like Beijing.   Hmmm, I can see the wheel in my DH’s mind turning…

It was 2:30pm by the time we said our goodbyes.   The daughter suggested we take a walk along the pedestrian park on the Seine.  It is still cloudy and it looks like it is going to rain.   But, we decide to walk the Seine  anyway.

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Oh look, the Louvre!

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The Pont Alexandre III is an arch bridge that spans the Seine, connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter, widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in Paris.  It looks great, even in the rain!

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Wow — what a great location for a cafe!

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One of the end pillars of the Pont Alexander III Bridge.

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Oh look, the Eiffel Tower — again!

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Since we are here….

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Rue Cler is close by so we decide to take a stroll through its market.

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As always, there are fabulous food markets here!

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As usual, there are also great cafes — cozy places to spend a cool, damp day!

As the day progressed, the sun popped out and went into hiding time and time again.   By the end of the day, we are tired — again!  So we head back to the apartment.

By 7pm, we make omelets for dinner with the remaining food in the refrigerator.   We ate chocolates for dessert.  The sky clouds up for good and then it finally rains.   We stay in to research things to do for our last day in Paris.   Afterwards, we start to watch the movie “Elite Squad” about South American police fighting drug thugs.   We tire of the subtitles and the violence pretty quickly so we turn it off and go to sleep.

Tomorrow is our last full day in Paris.   If it rains, we will go back to the Louvre to see the Sully Wing.   If it does not rain, maybe a boat ride on the Seine.  We are not sure, haven’t we done it all yet?

Quote of the Day:  “I have no interest in visiting South America.” – DH and Anna

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