Sept. 3, 2012
So, we left after breakfast to begin our exploration of Paris under a gray sky with a bit of drizzle. It was nice because it kept things cool. We meandered down the Quai d’Orsay, which is along the left bank of the Seine River. Our hotel is very close to the Eiffel Tower, so we took a street going north until it hit the river and turned right. We walked as far as Notre Dame and came back, passing the Grand Palais, Place de la Concorde (where Marie Antoinette, among many, were guillotined), Tuileries Gardens, Musee d’Orsay (on the right, not across the river as all the other landmarks were), the Louvre, St. Chapelle, Palais de Justice and finally, Notre Dame.
For a story on the love-locks, see The Locks on Paris’s Bridges.
I wondered what these ugly looking green bins were on top of the wall along the river in one long section. We soon discovered that this is where the street sellers kept their wares, and they opened out to form the covering for their selling area.
In Rick Steve’s book of Paris, he warns travelers of some of the scams, one of them being the gold ring scam. Someone will pretend to find a gold ring near you and ask if it’s yours. When you say no, they say well, I’ll sell this to you. This happened no less than 4 times on our walk!!! Once to Robin, once to me, once to the 2 of us, and once to some others as we passed by.
We passed here on our walk back to the hotel. Across the street is the Rodin museum. We may visit there if we have time.
When we got back, we rested, then went out for dinner at a lovely cafe, and sat outside. The waitress was freindly and spoke English. I had a delicious French onion soup and a humongous salad w/ham and cheese. Excellent cheese! A bee flew into my drink, and I had to fish it out with a straw. It couldn’t fly, so I killed it.
Then we wandered a little and I bought some post cards. We went back to the hotel until it was time to go out again. Quite a full day! But there’s more to come. We had reservations for the Eiffel Tower at 8 pm. That’s the next blog post.