Tuesday was fun. After being lazy all morning (jet lag alert), Mike and I ventured out toward the Pantheon, had lunch along what ever boulevard leads from the Pantheon to Luxembourg Gardens, then sat amongst the throngs of tourists in the garden.
Then we walked alng Boulevard St. Germain to see if we could find little gifts for our mothers. Neither of us purchased anything, but the Armani/Casa store had a lovely little dresser for only $13,600 Euros. I think we’ll keep looking. We both love our mom’s….but I think that’s too much.
From St. Germain, we walked onto Ile de la cite, then past the Hotel de Ville, before shopping along Rue Rivol (I believe that’s where we shopped…it’s were H&M, We, Bazaar de Hotel de Ville, Zara and other shops are. Mike succeeded in buying himself some fine shirts. I needed a new watch but avoided contact with all customer service people because buying a watvh would require showing them my hands and fingers which now appear like I’ve got full on lepresy.
We venture further into the Marias where we went into book shops and trendy gay clothing stores (more for the fun since neither of us is really trendy). Though, I must admit that the french love their synthetic fibers. Unfortunately, my fingers have no sensation at the moment so I couldn’t enjoy the smoothness of the items on the racks.
Around 10PM we headed out to dinner at a Morrocan place with Mark on Ile St Louis. Very good food. Then Mark retired to the apartment and Mike and I headed out to the Bear’s Den. There was an outdoor patio (packed) and inside bar (a handful of people…but the floor plan was small - not much larger than a decent sized bedrooms). Mike then directed me down some stairs which literally brought us to a space that felt like a cave with stone walls and rough arched ceilings (and a little video screen showing fat, hairy men fooling around. Another set of stairs brought us down to an even lower level of the basement where there were virtually no lights – just the occasional moans, groans and roars you’d expect to hear in a natural bear habitat.
We then went to bar called Riiado(?) which had little shower booths where twinky little men in speeedos would dance…but there were no dancers. THe place was PACKED and there was no AC so we lasted one drink before retiring home.
OH, Karn, Mike and I did take some pictures of us on one of the bridges crossing the Seine and once I feel technically motivated, I will post that – along with the others – here.
We also decided what we’re going to do for the last days of our trip before heading to London: Amsterdam. After pricing trips to Aix-en-Provence, Bruges, Nantes, Bordeau, Loire Valley, and other places, it seems that renting a car and heading to Amsterdam is the way to go. On the plus side, we’ll have to drive the Belgium so I can add yet another country to my list: France, Belgium, Netherlands and United Kingdom. YAY.
OK - I’m not sure what’s up for today, Mike is still sleeping. After reserving the car and hotels for Amsterdam, I suspect we’ll go the Grandes Boulevards….maybe the catacombs. Most definitely we’ll end up at a sidewalk cafe since that’s about all you can do in Paris.
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