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20. Paris in the sunshine

And very hot it was too

sunny 26 °C

Early October and temperatures into the high 20s is ridiculous but obviously enjoyed by many Parisians and visitors as it was thronged. We decided to walk from our hotel to the Seine via whatever we saw. The new Halles shopping complex is very interesting architecturally but we didn’t shop. We crossed the Pont Neuf to Ile de La Cite and headed for Notre Dame to see how the restoration was getting on and first found ourselves in the flower market …beautiful. From the Front, the cathedral looks pretty good, but there’s still a lot of scaffolding. However, the gargoyles seem to have survived in the main. There’s a lovely series of photographs on the hoardings in front showing different aspects of the fire damage…some are very poignant.
From there we headed back to the river and followed its course to the Tuileries to sit in the welcome shade under the trees. From there, I strolled on as far as Place de La Concorde to see the fanzone constructed for the Rugby World Cup…a one off and a bit of a different view of the Place from the usual. Then we went in search of some sustenance to keep us going until we got back to the hotel…and found a lovely place by the Assemble National Metro where we had a crepe and a very welcome beer before we made use of the metro to return to the hotel. After all, we’d managed about 8 miles in the day, so we deserved to take the easy way back!


Posted by nanny0gg 05:58 Archived in France

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