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La dernière Jour, Part 2

After the pastries...

sunny 25 °C

Continuing our last day in Paris, we left Jacques Genin {sigh}, and walked back to the apartment, travelling again across the small Ile Saint-Louis. Such cute shops. You know, that's a really nice bit about Paris. You can have a pastry but use that energy right after by walking! We rested a little, started packing for the trip home, then headed out for our final dinner in Paris.

We hadn't quite ticked off all the sites, notably the Eiffel Tower. Oh we saw bits of it here & there, saw it lit up and twinkling during Fete de la Musique.
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But not the WHOLE THING. Not actually interested in climbing it or walking around under it, we took a trip on the Batobus.
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These boats travel on the Seine, stopping at 8 or 9 of the best attractions in the city. We started at the Notre Dame dock, closest to our apartment. We had to wait a little so we explored the walkways alongside the river. Here we came across another bride & groom having wedding photos taken. We saw that up at Sacre Coeur and in a few other spots in the city. All the couples we saw were of Oriental descent - not sure if they actually live in Paris or were just visiting to have some amazing photos taken. IMG_0763.jpg270_IMG_0777.jpg

Once the boatbus arrived and we boarded, we made the trip upriver to Jardins des Plantes, the main botanical garden in France. Next stop was the Louvre, but then they had to skip Hotel de Ville. The river was still pretty high (remember it actually flooded a couple weeks ago) and today was in fact the first day the tourist boats were travelling.
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Across the river we went to Musee d'Orsay where we transferred to another batobus to resume the travel. 270_IMG_0772.jpgIMG_0774.jpg
The Louvre stop was next then the Arche de Triomphe. We got off at that stop, which actually was pretty far from the Arche but we walked a little on the Champs-Élysées and then down a side street to find a bistro or restaurant. A dinner of salads and some wine finished off our gastronomic visit. Although, gotta say, this restaurant used lousy tomatoes. After having had fresh from markets the whole time to this point, the waxy, January-winter like tomatoes were a bit of a let down. Alas.

Back to the bus, the next station was the Eiffel Tower. It truly is impressive.
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Another cool thing about Paris that we had noted earlier but was really apparent this evening was the people hanging out along the riverbanks. Little groups all along, usually with wine &/or beer, just enjoying their lovely city.
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We really don't take full advantage and enjoy our rivers & lakes, do we? (tho I suppose if we could bring a bottle of wine, more people would be out more often ;) )

By the time we made it back to Musee d'Orsay stop, the bus was finished running for the day. We made our way back to the Metro and back to our apartment. Finished packing, we decided to visit the little bar 2 doors away. This place was steady-busy each night we were in Paris. They do infusions!!! Rum packed with fruits in big jars sit for a few weeks then served to patrons. IMG_0304.jpg
I know that a number of bars in North America are doing this - nice way to add flavours and fun to a regular drink. We sampled the Strawberry-lime flavour. I thought it would have benefitted from a little ice however the taste was refreshing.
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The bartender pulled down one of the large jars to test - Pineapple & Passionfruit with vanilla bean. Looked lovely but he said it really wasn't ready yet. The rum was too strong still. Interesting for sure. With all the fresh fruits starting to burst on the scene at home, it could be fun to try some infusions.

Time for bed. Our flight home is at 11:00am so we need to be up early. Ah Paris!

A bientôt
Mary Ann & Alena

Posted by otisandma 17:19 Archived in France Tagged boat wedding tower paris walking photo eiffel dinner packing bride

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