Woke up early. Went to a Boulangerie along the road and got a yummy almond croissant. Walked to bus stop and got bus to Chessy RER (train station). Cost $20 for an all day ticket. Managed to get a train to Paris. Very slow. Got off at Chatelet Des Halles and had to choose an exit. Ended up in a sleazy area and had to walk a while to get to the Louvre. Found a reasonable cafe to have brekky in. Yummy cappuccino and croissant (no butter and jam) sitting at the bar. Went into Louvre.
Hard to find our way around. Mark got bored. Looked at lots of medieval era paintings then stopped for a coffee and pastry.
Finally saw the Mona Lisa by jumping up and down behind lots of tourists and took a wobbly photo. No impressionists there. Exhausting. Only looked at paintings. Disappointing.
Walked to Eiffel Tower and went to the top. Scary but good view.
Walked to Arc D Triomphe.
Walked down the Champs De Elysee. Large.
Stopped at McDonalds for a rest, drink and chips. Only place we could afford to eat on the Champs De Elysee.
Caught a train to Printemps (Trinité Station) which is a large store. Too tired too look around much.
Walked around looking for somewhere for dinner. Finally decided on a Le Musset Bar Brasserie Salon de The. Sat inside. I had sec blanc vin (dry white wine), onion soup with cheese in it and bread, then cappuccino and brie.
Brie was served with lettuce and yummy dressing. Very nice. Cappuccino was different but good. Mark had chicken and potato salad with some yummy dressing. Very nice.
Rested our feet. had our first French meal and it wasn’t bad. Hard to tell by appearances.
Caught train to Anvers via Pigalle to get to Sacre Couer and Montmartre. Montmatre was dirty (same as rest of Paris). Sacre Couer was lovely but surrounded by scum. Great view of city from hill.
Another nightmare night in the house. Couldn’t get to bed until about 1.30. Smoke everywhere. Glad to be going…