The morning started early for me when the alarm went off at 8:45 am...they were delivering the cover for our duvet at 9 am! Jim continued to sleep until 11 am while I sent out my first blog on the Internet. Our apartment is very comfortable and the couch is very easy to make into a bed; one only pulls on a strap and out it comes without removing the cushions! So, yes, we turn it back into a couch each morning. I'll take a photo today and show you on the next blog.
After a late breakfast we ventured out into the streets; it was cold but the sun was shining brilliantly and it was a beautiful winter day in Paris.
Soon we were at the Batobus Stop where we approached the clerk in the booth. We'd purchased season tickets last August knowing we'd be back in December. They were half price then so for 30 euros we had a season pass good until December 31st. The fare is 15 euros a day. A good bargain except that I was unable to find where I had carefully stored mine along with my Metro Naviago Card while I went to Israel! Jim had his cards and I found the receipt for the purchase that I brought with me. At first the clerk looked at us like we were "crazy" but after very polite conversation he made some calls and sure enough; he reissued my card! We have eleven days to ride the boat up and down the river.
Climbed on the next boat and rode it to the end before it turns around just before the Pont d'Austerlitz. There we departed and walked over to the Gare de Lyon and purchased a new Naviago card for me and then added time to both my new one and Jim's old one. The cards are good for Monday to Monday so we also purchased some Metro tickets to use until Monday. Several of the Christmas photos are of trees and decorations in the train station.
With our housekeeping chores done we walked back to the Batobus stop and climbed aboard the next bus for the return trip to our apartment. This time we passed the Isle de la Cite on the right side with stops at several of the more popular stops. Soon we were back at the Eiffel Tower and turned around to repeat the route. It was already sunset and the sky was full of "trails" from several jets that were putting on a show in the sky over the Eiffel Tower; there are several of the many photos that I took here in the slideshow.
We were soon at the stop for St. Germain and we hopped off; we are less than one block from the river at this point. As I mentioned before; rue de Seine is wall to wall Artist Shops or as Jim says...mini museums. A very narrow street that after about six blocks crosses the busy street of St. Germain that is full of wonderful and expensive stores.
By this time it was dark and we hurried into our apartment and fixed an early dinner; made telephone
Suddenly we realized that something was in the grand exhibit hall under the huge glass dome; in twenty one years of coming to Paris we've never seen anything in this part of the Grand Palais!
Hot chocolate with some dessert while we checked the Internet and made a few phone calls home before showers and to bed after a very serendipity day. It's now about 10 am and Jim is still soundly asleep. Our neighbor upstairs arrived home about 4 am; the floors are thin but they were in bed soon after they arrived home. Soon we will begin another day full of unplanned adventures!
Hope you enjoy the slideshow...