"Cold Feet"

Trip Start Sep 22, 2012
Trip End Oct 19, 2012

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hhmmm... Flopping into bed last night at 9pm UK time sees me awake at 4.30 - French time! The windows at Hotel Excelsior are obviously not double glazed as we hear loud packs of revellers in the streets. I assume it is in the wake of a World Soccer cup match.

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... cheap runners, cheap clothing, vinyl jackets, sunglasses.

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...
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Lisa on

Afternoon tea....expensive....mmmm....but you enjoyed every mouthful and the view would be to die for.....don't you dare complain you are in PARIS! xox
Do you need to be collected at this end?

kathy G on

Agree. No complaints. Mon Dieu! You could simply have sat in a cafe and soaked up the ambience. :)

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