Hotel Derby Garibaldi
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... weird, random, bronze heads sticking out of the pond in the middle of the garden (pic 7).
Another mile of walking and I finally made it to The Louvre (pic 8). I had forgotten that it was the original palace and Versailles had replaced it. It makes more sense that Versailles is so massive. It had this colossus to compete with (pic 9)! Now for the numbers: there are 35,000 items within 650,000+ square feet, and it has nearly 10 million visitors a year ...
... like the Eiffel Tower. What a surprise. We were served by a lovely young man who indulged me with my poor French and taught the French idiom "Avec des si et des mais, on mettrait Paris en bouteille".
We went underground again and came up near our apartment. We went to a bistro on Rue de Abbesses as I thought it might be air conditioned as they kept all of their doors and windows shut while everywhere else had them wide open to the 37 degree heat. ...
... lost (not us though as Rick had an extremely keen sense of direction on this trip!). We even found my Spanish to be quite useful with a taxi driver who is Parisian and speaks Spanish better than English. It was so much fun carrying on a conversation with a local, even if it wasn't in either one of our native tongues. We continue to notice small, pocked marks on the asphalt. Rick surmised, probably correctly, that these marks are made by the many motorbikes that park along the ...
... evening. We had booked in advance and were rewarded with an excellent table next to the window with views of the Seine. Our package included champagne, wine and three courses of amazing food. For the first time I regret not taking photos of food or menus!!!
The lift went up the leg of the tower to the first floor where the restaurant was. The second level was free to go ...
... at the hotel I took out my iPad to check something and left it on the table in the lobby.
Around 6:30 we headed out to find the Cafe Trocadero just across the river from the Eiffel Tower and a spectacular viewing location. Unfortuniately it started to rain, but we had our umbrellas and made the 20 minute walk to the restaurant. The food was great and we were able to catch ...