So it’s Au revoir Paris and watch out London!
All the exercise in Paris has been wonderful . I haven’t weighed myself but my jeans are loose. If I hadn’t drunk alcohol I could have lost more. I got up early and went and got my last French made croissant.They are super flakey early in the morning. 🙂 I did as much cleaning of the flat as I could. Having been a housemaid I know the delight of walking into a room that has been left tidy. David ,the apartment owner, who I would like to bring home with me, gave me a little box of chocolates. He does an outstanding job of making people enjoy their stay. The world would be a better place with more people like him in it. I had taken all my coins down to the nice but sad beggar down the road that had not taken advantage of my lost and distressed state after the wine tour. It was probably only about €5 in small coins. I thought she was going to cry. She doesn’t speak english so I couldn’t tell her how much I appreciated her being another navigational guide to me. ( when I saw her I knew my street was just up a little further.
Taxis in Paris turn their meter on when they accept the booking, mine must have accepted the booking in the 19th arrondissement as it was already up to €13.. It only cost a few more to get to Gard de Nord so I left happy. The road out the front of the station didn’t seem to have any defined pedestrian crossing. So it was like a game of british bull dog dragging 20+ kilo across a cobbled road.Customs and immigration are very relaxed. Percy clenched his cheeks needlessly.
I forgot to tell you about Australian wines in Paris, the French say Australia does not make good wine and while my lovely brother in law may agree with that, I don’t. I was a little horrified to see the choices that were on offer! Basically either Yellow Tail or Gossips! Gossips sells for $3.90 at Dan Murphys, we saw it on a menu for €24.99 . That is $35 aud! When asked about this bottle of wine the waiter said that they no longer sell it. Hmm wonder why? In bottle shops the only Australian wine I saw was Yellow Tail for around €7.99. Do Australians even stoop so desperately low as to drink Yellow Tail? ( insert an apology to those that do ) It is the Fosters Lager of the wine industry in my opinion.
French supermarkets do not have as much variety as we do in Australia. It is like they have a ban on imported items. Maybe they do I’ll have to google it.
I got out of Paris without stepping on any merde de chien, I only had to passively smoke about one pack cigarettes and only one bad beggar encounter.
I love Paris and I will definitely be back!
Sorry about the blurry photo The Apartment I stayed in was attached to the building that was the old fonderie that made the gold coins for the Kings.
Here is a web page of the apartment .