Jason and I started out at a métro stop just beyond the Arc de Triomphe, and walked back along the Champs-Élysées. We were prevented from going up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe by a policeman who said something about a demonstration. We shrugged and continued our walk. A few blocks beyond we looked back and saw two people unfurling a huge banner from a ledge just below the top of the arch. One of them rappelled down from the ledge, hit some scaffolding, then fell several stories to the ground! It turns out that they were Basque separatists, and that the guy who fell was seriously but not fatally injured. Nevertheless, it was a strange start to the day.
After enjoying window shopping along the Champs-Élysées, and a detour through the Tuileries gardens, we had lunch at a delightful little tea shop, Café Verlet (256, rue St. Honoré, in the 1ère arrondissement):
Then we tackled the Louvre, mostly focusing on Dutch masters and Greek and Roman statues. There’s enough there for several trips — you can’t try to “do” the Louvre in a single visit. My Louvre photos from several visits are at this link: Louvre Photo Set.
Dinner was at a restaurant in our neighborhood, Le Bouï-Bouï. We were initially taken aback by the fact that our waiter was wearing a jacket reading “Converse / Malden, MA” on the back but we were reassured when it became clear that he had no idea what that meant. I had escargot for the first time. OK, although the texture was rubbery and primary taste was the garlic butter. The main courses were fine — duck and sea bass — but the pièce de résistance was the cheese board. We had our fill, then Jason spirited away the leftovers in a handkerchief for another evening. 2019 Update: French law now requires restaurants to let you take leftovers home so you don’t have to use your handkerchief.
We may go out for a drink later … or maybe not.
P.S. Another set of photos is up, at Paris-7