13 Jun 2019 Paris

Talked to a lovely lady from Bend, Oregon this morning at breakfast. We seemed to have so much to chat about that the time just flew away.

Finally walked to Notre Dame, which is just down the road really. Les Bulles Hotel de Paris is really central. So sad to see Notre Dame being patched up the way it is.

Decided to catch an Open Tour bus so I could see more of Paris. One day for 34 euros, 38 euros for two days. The Blue Line takes you from Notre Dame, past Musee d’Orsay, Cleopatra’s Needle, down the Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe, past time Trocadero and the Tour Eiffel, the Hotel des Invalides, through the Musee du Louvre and back to Notre Dame. It should take about 2 hours but that depends totally on the traffic at the time of riding.

I was in desperate need of a toilet when I got off so stopped at Le Saint Jacques cafe not far from Notre Dame. They had a lunch special for 12 euros – onion soup, beef stew and apple tart. Very good value.

After my belly was full and my bladder was empty I walked to the Pantheon and attempted to draw it! Not so easy with all the lines I was seeing in the building.

On to the Luxembourg Gardens to sit on the balcony overlooking the palace and this time I attempted to paint an urn with geraniums in it. Far more successful than the sketch of the Pantheon. It looked like rain so I went back to the hotel to recharge my phone.

Then I charged out and did the Blue Line again so I would get my money’s worth. Not worth it as I was so tired coming back I got a baguette for dinner.

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