Friday, December 27, 2013
Ice Skating at the Hotel de Ville
Back to the apartment to put away the laundry and then out the door to the Seine River for a cruise on the Batobus; our annual passes will expire soon. We had to wait about half an hour for the next boat but enjoyed the time on the Quai as we admired the stately building that we live behind. Took a snapshot of the front along with the little passage that we can take as a shortcut.
A short line to enter so we went inside where a Mass was in progress. We did find the very modern nativity scene and also the more traditional one. Lots of people so we didn't stay long. We plan to attend Mass here in January after the tourist return home.
After snapping some photos of the Christmas tree in front of the church we walked across the bridge to the left bank and started back to our apartment. It was after six o'clock by now and the rain was coming down more often and harder; but still we didn't always need the umbrellas. We are about a fifteen minute walk...at the most....from Notre Dame. Along the way Jim said that if Quai 21 was open early he'd like to stop there and have dinner. Wow...our first meal in a restaurant on the trip. Quai 21 was open....it's a small restaurant just past St. Michel...and we stopped for a delicious dinner.
We were home by 8 pm and have enjoyed a quiet evening as the rain continues to come down. We have neighbors next door for the first time...the walls are thinner than we thought. But the upstairs people seem to be quieter...I guess one gets accustomed to noises in apartments.
Hope you enjoy the slide show: