We wanted to go into Paris one more time. After breakfast at our hotel we headed to the metro. When you go into the metro you put your ticket into a machine. It spits it out and you push a turnstile and then a tall swinging panel gets pushed. I have a confession. One day I somehow got caught between the turnstile and the swinging panel/door. The turnstile turned and then the panel wouldn’t budge. There I was destined to spend the rest of my life stuck between the two. I suppose people could have come to feed me. But there would have been other issues. So I scooted down under the turnstile and then a very nice French person pulled me up. Al was horrified. I was laughing. I used another ticket and managed to get through. Several times we had tickets that didn’t work, so getting into the subway was always a rather heart stopping experience! Even so we loved the convenience and ease of the public transportation system. For instance our tickets would work for busses or the subway. We bought our tickets ten at a time and that saved us .40€ a ticket.
Another thought I just had is to mention how very nice the French were. They are really getting a bad rap about not being nice. They were friendly, helpful and tried to help us even with our extremely limited French. The waiters with only a very few exceptions were so helpful, friendly, kind and gracious!
For our last morning we headed to the St. Germaine, Latin Quarter area. We absolutely loved it there. It was lively, colorful, full of cafes, students, such a variety of ethnicities. The Sorbonne is nearby. There were restaurants from all ethnic groups. For lunch we chose a French restaurant because we were leaving. A lot of restaurants have meals where you can choose an entree (appetizer), plat (main course) and dessert for a set price. Our restaurant had this for 10€. I chose a completely French meal – French onion soup, beef bourguignon and a chocolate crepe for dessert. It made me happy.
We walked around and did some shopping. This area fit our budget. Then we faced the fact that we needed to leave for home. That wasn’t so difficult. We have a lot to eat and see here in Germany and Paris is always just a four hour drive away! Au revoir!
Our drive home was beautiful. And it was warm and sunny with leaves coming out and trees and gardens in bloom ! It’s good.