Paris – Day 1

I’ve met up with my friend Margaret in Paris for 3 days.  We’re staying at the Hotel Andrea Rivoli in the Marais, right on the Rue de Rivoli but tucked up a quiet side street.  

This is a great little hotel – I’ve stayed here several times over the years.  I have a tiny room built around the old central staircase with a typical Parisian view:

At least I have a window…

For 82 euros a night, it’s fine.  We dumped the bags and went out for a glass of wine. 

Deux kirs svp jeune homme...

Following the sound of music, we arrived at the Pompidou Centre where a brass band was playing – not the old-fashioned sort of oompah brass band – this lot were playing Lady Gaga and dancing around at the same time. Then headed to Le Grizzli on the rue St Martin for dinner – duck breast with maple syrup and pear poached in red wine, followed by salted caramel ice cream from Alberto Gelati

Margaret and her French Duck

Spent the rest of the evening wandering around like a tourist  – over to the Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame and a bit of getting lost over on the left bank.  

I learned a lesson today though:  don’t try and drag 20kg 0f luggage through the metro in the middle of summer.  Not fun.

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