We took advantage of Isabella's two week school break around All Saints and made a dash for Paris. This is our first visit to the capital after one year in France. We drove up, a no rush 4 hour trip door to door. We rented a place on the outskirts, in Montreuil. A decidedly different part of Paris, that's for sure. But there is a yard for Emily to hang out.
We came in around 1pm, and after settling into our rental, it was 23 Metro stops to Trocadero for our very first item on the list. Le Eiffel tower. No matter what time of year, it's a busy landmark.
Afterwards we walked the Passy area in the Seizieme, still tres chic, still the same as it was when I spent one summer there in 1983. There is a small shopping center now, with all the brands you'd recognize including The Gap and Starbucks.
As with all tourist traps around the world, if you just go a few blocks away from the main attraction, it is not as expensive as people say it is. We stopped at a nice neighborhood Cafe, Le Passy, which is a 4 minute walk from the tower, and for three hot chocolates (Isabella had two) and one fresh squeezed orange juice we paid less than 11 Euros.
In the same neighborhood Victoria scored a great gluten free cake for three Euros. And it was too much for her to eat. Much to my benefit....
Then 24 stations back on the Metro line 9. The rental place is 5 bus stops from the final Metro stop, Mairie de Montreuil. I think it was fullest bus I ever road on. Our stop is right in front of a butcher shop, where we bought a Rotisserie chicken (for five Euros) with some potatoes, some roasted corn from another street vendor and dinner was set.
More to come.
GLUTEN FREE TREAT
HOT CHOCOLATE AT LE PASSY
BACK AT MONTREUIL, A SMART FOOD VENDOR
METRO LINE 9