Our street, Boulevard de Sebastopol, meets the Seine at Pont du Change (pont means bridge), which is the most boring bridge of the bunch. So we headed up toward the Eiffel Tower, walking the Right Bank, past Pont Neuf at the tip of the island "Il Cite", then Pont des Arts (all wrought iron and wood surface, with thousands of lovers' padlocks on the pedestrian fencing), Pont du Carrousel at the Louvre Museum, and Pont Royal at the Tullieries Gardens. Walked along the quai right down at river level for awhile...lots of interesting characters partying and enjoying the ambiance down there, but you really have to get used to the smell of pee everywhere! Hey, they're all drinking lots of wine and beer, it;s gotta go somewhere, right? And there's no restrooms... Anyhow, we went back topside to the sidewalk, and met a young couple from Jacksonville who were married at The Breakers in Palm Beach. He and I were the only guys in Paris wearing a blue polo shirt, we looked like team members! Lynn and I detoured through the Tullieries, watched the sun coming down through the trees (at about 9:30 p.m.!), then headed toward the Louvre Arc de Triomphe du Carousel...we'd never seen it from this angle before, and definitely not at sunset. The light and setting were spectacular, cause the courtyard of the Louvre also contains the glass pyramids we have only seen in harsh midday light before this. Spectacular sight, even with so many other people present!
The walk wouldn't be complete without desert, so we headed back to the Seine and looked for a sidewalk creperie...with success once we turned onto Boulevard de Sebastopol. Lynn ordered us a couple crepes nutella, we sat and enjoyed em after I watched the guy cook the crepes on the special grill (I love to watch em spread the batter around and flip them over...takes some skill!). It finally got dark about 10:30 p.m. while we ate! Made it back to the hotel, and will rest up for tomorrow.
PIC captions: Lynn with street supper: crepe ham and cheese.
Lynn and John at the Seine.
John at Louvre, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, as sun sets.
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