We went to the nearest Metro stop, bought a packet of carnets (transport tickets), and headed to Galeries Lafayette. This domed department store is worth seeing, even if you don't buy anything. I bought a t-shirt/pajama top from Tonic and some new (dry!) socks from Oysho. We also bought an umbrella that looked as if it might last.
|Artwork hanging in the dome space|
|On the top floor of the Galleries there is a lovely viewing area|
After that we stopped at a cafe to plan the rest of the day. We decided to find out how much of Paris we could see, in a day, by walking and using public transport.
We walked towards Rue de Rivoli, looking at shops, monuments and museums.
|A shop window in the Arcades area|
near Rue de Rivoli
|Outside Gar St-Lazare - a statue|
of a tower of suitcases
|A chocolate tiger in the window of one of the Patrick Roger|
chocolate boutiques near La Madeleine
From Rue de Rivoli we took a bus West on a route paralelling the river, past the Eiffel tower, and got off near the art decco entrance to one of the Metro stops. From there we walked south across the Seine.We stopped for a bite at the restaurant Le Regalia near Pont Mirabeau. We walked along the Seine along the Quai de Grenelle towards the Eiffel Tower, seeing both modern office buildings on the right and antique canal boats on the river to the left.
|Line for the Batobus. You can see it is starting to|
By the time we got to the base of the Eiffel Tower I was tired. Although I have never been up the Eiffel Tower, I didn't want to wait in the long line, so instead we decided to take the Batobus (hop off and hop on) for a river view of Paris. It was a pleasant cruise, even if it rained a few times (and they can't close the overhead windows while the boat is moving!). Back at the original stop, we decided to take the RER back to the St. Michel stop near Ile St. Louis. Unfortunately, the line was being renovated, so we had to get off after a few stops and take a detour bus to our destination. I was hoping to get to Berthillon, but we hadn't gotten very far when it started to rain - really rain - and we decided to call it a day.
|A salad at a small cafe at the end of a long day|
*I especially recommend Eyewitness Travel Guide to Paris. It has great photos and maps (including a guide to the Metro.).