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The highlight of our Saturday, after a walk over to the Canal Saint-Martin, was afternoon tea at Mariage Frères in the Marais. This was not on my radar screen as a flâneur, since it’s something of a tourist magnet, but it’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

Bob, Alan and Ryan at Mariage Frères

Bob, Alan and Ryan at Mariage Frères

The tea was marvellous, our sandwich places were delicious, and …

Mariage Frères Waiter

Mariage Frères Waiter

… the service was impeccable.  For about three hours this was our little world:

Mariage Frères Teapot

Mariage Frères Teapot

After more wandering we got home around 22h (10 pm). Ryan and Alan headed out to the Musée des Arts et Métiers (open late that evening like many Paris museums). I had seen it last year so I went to bed instead. Our sleeping schedules have been as much as five hours out of synch on this trip but this hasn’t really been a problem.

Yesterday we visited the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie. Even though I had been there last year almost everything we saw was new to me, especially a terrific planetarium show and an excellent temporary show about science fiction (and fact).  Some of the Star Trek costumes from decades back reminded me of the cutting edge fashions I’ve seen here in trendy shop windows:

Star Trek Fashions

Star Trek Costumes

High Fashion Dress

High Fashion

The science museum presented an opportunity for Ryan to satisfy his craving for a meal at a “Quick” restaurant — a French fast food restaurant. The food wasn’t particularly good (or bad), but the experience afforded a useful contrast to the elegant and leisurely meals to which we have become accustomed.

Quick Cuisine

Quick Cuisine

Mot du jour: “barbe à papa.” Literally, “daddy’s beard” but actually, “cotton candy.”