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Day 17 - A city of indulgence

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Had a very good night sleep and was only awoken by Wendy the Walrus bellowing next to me.

Led Lee-ann to the Opera metro station where she will pick up her obligatory hop on – hop off bus tour. After that I headed off to the Bastille (no longer there) and started to walk towards and around the Marias District. After a couple of hours and in keeping with my earlier promise to myself, I stopped at a cafe to have a meal, which my waiter assures me to be a traditional French meal, and a big glass of burgundy. So plenty of time to sit and take in the Parisian life. Although I am yet to master the blank Parisian stare out into the middle distance.

My theme today is a city of indulgence and it is not meant as a swipe, but of an observation on their way of life. It is a city where you need to constantly stop, look around, look up, look left, look right. Look at the people and their social interactions. Drink the wine, eat the food. Slow down and forget about your life and just let it was over you. Indulge yourself.

It is interesting to note that while they sit and stare they don’t stare at their smartphones. They are engaged in fierce conversations, or if alone, just a stare into the middle distance and couples are happy to sit in silence.

Thought I better do some touristy thing, so I headed off to the catacombs. When I arrived I had my first experience of the famed Paris ques. It spread for about 150 m and given they only allow a limited number of people in at one time, I decided against it and went to other places. Still had to marvel at the Paris Metro. Travelled across the other side of the city to get here and after seeing the queue I turned back around. All done in the space of 1 hour. No matter how many connections ou need to make the trip is quick, comfortable (well a bit crowded) and efficient.

Lee-ann has just returned from her 9 hour jaunt. So I will hear those stories for the next 3 hours.

Off to dinner.

Posted by Neileeann 09:48 Archived in France

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