We navigated our way to the RER and bought tickets, then transferred at the Gare du Nord for the Metro 5 to the Place de la Republique stop and found our way to our little hotel, no problem. We're staying in the Marais, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris, at a fine-enough little hotel called Le Relais du Marais, a convenient location and a teeny-tiny room. We got to the hotel at 11 but couldn't get into our room until 2 or 2:30, so despite the fact that Marc hadn't slept even a few minutes, we set out walking.
We stopped at a little cafe to sit in the sun and watch people -- and kill a little time -- and we ordered a couple of cappuccinos. TWELVE EUROS. Which, we later figured, was probably a scam. We think the waiter saw that he could probably pull something on us, so he did. That's $16.44. For two small and weak and cold cappuccinos. We decided to walk over to Notre Dame to take a look around.
|detail above one of the doors|
|the front of the cathedral|
|gargoyles at the top|
|there it is, across the Seine|
|and there we are, standing in front of all the locks fastened on the railings|
|we sat under these beautiful trees for a while to rest our tired feet|
|SO many locks fastened to the rails, locks on locks. Each with lovers' names and details.|
A couple more images from our first day:
|the view (to the left) from our balcony of our hotel|
|one of the gorgeous art nouveau metro stations -- Temple|
|a little Saturday market on the left bank|
We have reservations tonight for dinner and I imagine we'll walk around for a while. Tomorrow morning we'll walk over to a bakery, have some coffee, then we're going to the 10am Gregorian mass at Notre Dame. We'll grab some lunch then head back to the airport for our flight to Athens. Paris is just a whirlwind stop to satisfy my heart. I'm so glad to be back here, and especially glad to get to be here with Marc, to share this place that has always meant so much.