Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday 2 May - Paris, Lots of Eating

More tourist things with Bill today.  We first walked through the Parc Batignoles with its very large, old plane trees.  From there we walked through the Batignoles and Place de Clichy to Blanche, up rue Lepic and along Abbesses for the climb up to Montmartre.  Bill was more interested in counting the steps than climbing them.
Bill is examining the imitation wood fences made in concrete in the Batignoles Park.
 Climbing the steps of Montmartre.
Place du Tertre was the usual madhouse and we quickly walked out to see the view over Paris from the steps of Sacre Coeur.  We took the funicular down
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The Montmartre funicular
 
Looks like its going to be a long wait

On the Metro to the Arc de Triomphe we were assaulted on the metro by a "musician" who came into the car and blew a horn at us.  Maybe people paid him to stop.

We wanted to see the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero and walked there via the Champs Elysees.  Lunch was a sandwich in the Trocadero Park.  A walk underneath the Eiffel Tour to the Ecole Militaire and we decided to come back as the rain was getting heavier.
On the way back from Villiers metro station we stopped in at the patisserie, boulangerie Le Moulin de la Vierge where the assistant assured us that the mille feuilles were the best in Paris.  We tried them and feel that she was right.
The three of us visited Parc Monceau before supper.  There is a plaque commemorating the first parachute jump.
Afterwards we had dinner at Le Restaurant de la Passage which is very close to the apartment.  We were seated about 1945 in an empty restaurant.  By 2015 it was full - a very good indication.  The meal was excellent and it is well worth visiting again.  Perhaps the most interesting dish was a crumble of tomatoes and goat cheese with basil ice cream.
Basil ice cream was certainly a new taste sensation.

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