The cat who lives aboard the boat named the Julia, on the Seine. We’ve
been “visiting” this cat for many years.
The handsome fellow is showing his age. He reminds us a lot of our beloved departed
Yellow roses on the wall at Square Saint Lambert, in our
Statue of bears playing in the Square Saint Lambert.
Antique car on rue du Commerce. This is our shopping street, and each year
it has newer, more trendy shops. The
street was a bit dowdy in 1998. Now it
is very, very chic and crowded with shoppers.
Ducklings in the Parc Andre Citroen.
This year’s travel to Europe
was the easiest yet. That ease was
overdue because we’d been so uncomfortable on the flights last year and the
year before. The secret to this year’s
success? Don’t fly Delta to your
connecting city; fly Delta Song instead.
Don’t fly Delta to Paris;
fly a Delta code share that is really an Air France flight instead. When you get bad seat assignments, ask very
politely at every opportunity for better seats. At the last minute, they’ll finally call
out your name at the gate and you will receive your better seats. But only if you have been extremely polite
all the way.
Delta Song and Air France have more comfortable seats than
Delta does. And the flight crew on
Song from Fort Myers to Boston were very funny. I told them that this was the first time
flying was fun for me since 1999. They
loved hearing that.
we had already decided to take a taxi instead of the Airport Connection
shuttle. The amount we saved in the
past on the shuttle wasn’t worth being shuttled around Paris for an hour while all the other
passengers were delivered first.
Our driver was from the island of Mauritius,
and although we spoke to him in French, he began conversing with us in both
French and English. He was a very
pleasant man, with many nice things to say about France
and Mauritius. The cost of the taxi ride was about the
same as it cost for our taxi from home to the Fort Myers airport.
Because our luggage was among the first to come out at
Charles de Gaulle, and because of the decision to go taxi instead of shuttle,
we made it home to the apartment in record time. Our flight had landed around 8 or 8:30
a.m., and we were home by 10:30 or so.
We went to Ed, the grocery on our block, where prices are
very cheap, to buy some basics. Our
shopping trolley was heavily laden with these basics and we spent only 28
euros. So don’t let the low value of
the dollar keep you away from Paris.
After napping for two hours, we were good to go so we went
for a two hour walk in our arrondissement, including a stroll down one of our
favorite avenues, Felix Faure, and a walk through the huge park Andre
Citroen. The park was loaded with
families having a nice Saturday afternoon out in the “hot” sun. It was 84 degrees F, and not particularly
humid. While this is “hot” to
Parisians, it was not “hot” to us.
When we left Sanibel the morning before, we left 100 percent humidity
in the upper 80s.
Sunday was the big election day in France, during which citizens
voted no on the EU constitution (see NYT
article). What they were really
voting on was how they feel about being part of the EU. We watched video of this election on the
news last night. They use paper ballots
that are put into a big box. Very
quaint. Voter turnout was extremely
On Sunday, we went on a 3 hour walk, from one side of Paris to the other, along the Seine. The highway on the berges of the river is
closed on Sunday to make way for lots of pedestrians, rollerbladers, and
cyclists. We’ve done this walk many
times and never tire of it.
Pathway in the Parc Andre Citroen.