Trip Start Sep 22, 2012
30Trip End Oct 19, 2012
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I convince the others that 11€ each for the hotel breakfast is not the way to go in this city... We cross the street and enjoy coffee and pastries for €8.50 in total.
It is a grey, wet, miserable day. The others head for the hop-on-hop-off bus while l catch the metro to Number 2 on the Lonely Planet list of free Paris attractions... Le Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen. But rather than 'marvelling at a decandently eccentric market place' l find alley after alley of flea market stalls..
And always men on the footpaths selling umbrellas.
l stumble on only one alley with chandelier pieces, silverware and furniture but the tarpaulin shelters drip on me and the mood is miserable. Onto a dry bus and back towards a dry gallery.
I haven't yet visited the Pompidou Centre, the queues always being ridiculous, but today there are none and the insides are warm. There is a huge array of modern art here. After a couple of hours, l'm set for coffee and head for Georges cafe on the top floor.
There are 360° views from Paris here, fine coffee and a delicious lemon and raspberry tart. I should have noticed the large number of black suited wait staff and realised that this was a little more exclusive than the standard cafe though... Afternoon tea costs me €19!!!
As l return to the hotel, cold, soaked boots and spent, Ian and Mum return from 2 loops around the city. They have see all the landmarks of Paris, albeit from inside a wet bus window.
Tonight, we convince Mum that Indian food does not have to be ferocious and head across the road for a feast. First time for everything...