Friday, May 1, 2015
WALKING AROUND NOTRE DAME AREA
We walked along side of the Pompidou Center, taking turns pushing the wheelchair either empty...Phil would always do it then as he uses it for a walker for balance...and sometimes with Mary in the chair instead of Phil as she is having major problems with her knee; again with Phil pushing. When Phil is in the chair we rotated pushing him so everyone got an opportunity to rest. Cobblestones are the hardest and if really bad Phil has to walk and push his chair himself. Once I nearly dumped him when I crossed the street and tried to take a running start at the slight incline and discovered their was a small lip and we needed to tip the front wheels to get up. That and knocking the foot rest off once were our only major issues.
We crossed the street and then walked west along the right bank of the Seine River, stopping to admire the few vendors that were open. The trees are totally green and it's a beautiful walk. The fact that several were opening their boxes was a good indication that the weather was not going to be too bad today. Phil is getting his wish of walking the streets of Paris to see the people.
At the Pont Tour Phillipe we crossed the river and walked to St. Louis en L'Ile for a stroll down one of our favorite streets in Paris. We stayed in several different hotels on this street many times during the 1990's....when I was still working...the hotels are rather expensive on the Island. Phil wanted to see the place that is famous for it's ice cream: Glaces Berthillon. He called it gelato...but that's the Italian version...and most people refer to it around the world as gelato. We showed him the shop at the end of the street but he decided it was too cold, so we'll save that treat for another day.
Arrived back at the apartment; tucked Mary and Phil in for some naps. It was now two o'clock and Jim and I walked the additional five minutes to our apartment and then I got to have my adventure for the day. Each day I've been able to have a project that gets me out walking on my own in the afternoon. Today I decided to head back to the restaurant to pick up my red hat that I left after dinner on Wednesday night. Walked to the Metro, changed at Hotel de Ville and exited on the Champs-Elysees at the Franklin Roosevelt Station. Again...light sprinkles now and then, but the day is good. It was only a short walk to the Baroche Restaurant and I started noticing how many of the stores were closed? When I arrived at the restaurant it was also closed! Then I remembered it is a holiday weekend for all of France...May 1st....May Day celebration! So it will probably be Monday before I can get my hat!
After dinner we cleared the table and finished the final hand of yesterday's game...it was nip and tuck but the boys won 13,080 to the twins at 12,665. Then we began a new game and this time the twins won handily with 17,360 points to the boys 15,010. Jim and I walked home before nine o'clock for a few hours of computer time before bed. I hope you've enjoyed our journey today.
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