Saturdays in Paris are lively, busy, jammed with shoppers, café-sitters, and street performers, all graced yesterday with mostly blue skies and a cool breeze. What could be better. Bob has been in short sleeves, no coat, the entire time. The rest of us have been laden with raincoats, umbrellas, scarves, and sweaters. He’s lovin’ it!
We started the Ludwigs with the oh-so-Parisian experience of riding RER B, the city train out of Chatelet. The RER or train network is located underneath the subway system, and the stops are basically the same as the Metro. Paris moves A LOT of people. The Chatelet station used to be like the armpit of Paris but now has been completely refurbished and quite lovely. Just a lot of walking down under. Bob & Cindi almost didn’t make it on the train in time, save for the strong arms of a large gentleman who held the doors as they rushed on. Aha, another typical Parisian experience.
We ate a delicious lunch at Choupinet, the new restaurant we found earlier and had the very same waiter. It’s the one with the big teddy bears. He solved the mystery as to the meaning of the word “Choupinet” which we couldn’t find anywhere. It means cute or something cute. Bob and Bernie enjoyed the escargot after a few tries with the utensils, but not without some messy spills, and poor Cindi was the brunt of a spill by the waiter onto her new raincoat. (We washed it last night and all is well.)
Then, we strolled and strolled and pretty much walked their socks off! Down Boulevard St. Michelle to the Cluny Musée with the Roman ruins and the Unicorn tapestries. It is under total renovation right now with only 3 rooms open, and the tarif is only 5 euros. The beautiful tapestries represent the five senses.
Next we walked to the famous little alleyway by Le Procope where Ben Franklin frequented and then stopped to rest a bit a Le Café de Flore, renowned as the meeting place for the likes of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein.
Just across the street is the Eglise St. Germain which used to be dark and dreary as one of the oldest churches in Paris. It is on the way to being gloriously restored and we captured our outstanding “light” photo of the day!
Last stop was the Shakespeare bookstore across from Notre Dame and then back to the apartment, but not before we were encircled by a boisterous parade along the river Quai. We have no idea what it was about but it was definitively lively. Bernie led us through the maze, and we had to take an alternate route home. It was SO typical of the surprises one encounters in Paris. Bob absolutely loved the vibe.
In case, you hadn’t noticed, we’re having a blast and so glad you’re along for the ride!
L & B