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Souvenir Shopping and Sainte Chapelle

Our last day so we looked for souvenirs, visited Ste. Chapelle and had a wonderful lunch at a restaurant we had enjoyed earlier.

Early Shopper on rue Mouffetard

Early Shopper on rue Mouffetard

June 7, 2019 — Day 29 (Friday)


Florel en Provence Tea Shop - where we found Peg's gift

Florel en Provence Tea Shop - where we found Peg's gift


Our last day. I checked in online for our flight tomorrow. We ate breakfast and walked down to rue Mouffetard to souvenir shop. At the Florel en Provence tea shop we got Peg some mint tea and a cute little tray. We wanted a scarf for Jean and that was a bit more challenging. The first shop wasn’t completely open yet and we couldn’t get to the scarf display. Walked past several places that had scarves but we didn’t like them. On our way back to the first shop hoping she’d gotten set up, we passed a tiny store with clothing and I spotted a scarf rack. In we went and the perfect scarf was waiting for us. What luck!

Shops on rue Mouffetard, Paris

Shops on rue Mouffetard, Paris

Shops on rue Mouffetard, Paris

Shops on rue Mouffetard, Paris

Shops on rue Mouffetard, Paris

Shops on rue Mouffetard, Paris



Marty Restaurant on rue des Gobelins, Paris

Marty Restaurant on rue des Gobelins, Paris


We walked home, deposited our treasures and logged them in my book for Customs. Then we walked up to Marty Restaurant on the ave. des Gobelins stopping on the way for some cash for our September trip. We were nearly the first at Marty and got the same table we had before. Ed again ordered the daurade and I got the lamb. Both were excellent. Ed got Baba au rum for dessert and I got a moelleux au chocolat with pistachio ice cream. Fun waiter, nice wine, excellent food . . . good lunch!

Marty Restaurant on ave. des Gobelins, Paris

Marty Restaurant on ave. des Gobelins, Paris

Fontaine du Châtelet at Place du Châtelet in Paris

Fontaine du Châtelet at Place du Châtelet in Paris


Walked on up to the Gobelins Metro stop and rode to Châtelet where we exited and walked to Ste. Chapelle. The line didn’t seem too long so we got in line. That was deceptive because once through Security, you moved to a much longer line for tickets. We waited. Finally got our tickets and entered a very crowded Ste. Chapelle. Checked out the beautiful ground floor and climbed the circular stairs to the chapel with the gorgeous stained glass. While we were there, the sun came out and the stained glass windows glowed. Fantastic! We couldn't have had a better day.

Notre Dame from the Pont au Change in Paris

Notre Dame from the Pont au Change in Paris

The Conciergerie on the Seine in Paris

The Conciergerie on the Seine in Paris

Tour de l'Horloge du palais de la Cité

Tour de l'Horloge du palais de la Cité

The line to get into Sainte-Chapelle

The line to get into Sainte-Chapelle

Lower Chapel at Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Lower Chapel at Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Interior at Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Interior at Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Rose Window at Sainte-Chapelle

Rose Window at Sainte-Chapelle


Stained Glass at Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Stained Glass at Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Rose Window at Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Rose Window at Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris



Maison Meunier, at the Flower Market on the Ile de la Cité

Maison Meunier, at the Flower Market on the Ile de la Cité


We walked over near Notre Dame and ended up having to circle the block and go up rue d’Arcole. They’ve opened the street up to the church but there is a wall, fences and police so you can’t get in front of it. I got pictures from the side and that will have to do. We walked back toward the right bank, crossed the Seine and continued east to the Pont Marie Metro station where we caught the train home. Time to clean the apartment and pack.

Hôtel de Ville or Paris City Hall

Hôtel de Ville or Paris City Hall

Hôtel de Ville or Paris City Hall

Hôtel de Ville or Paris City Hall

Notre Dame after the Fire from rue d'Arcole

Notre Dame after the Fire from rue d'Arcole

Notre Dame de Paris from rue d'Arcole

Notre Dame de Paris from rue d'Arcole

Notre Dame de Paris from rue d'Arcole

Notre Dame de Paris from rue d'Arcole

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Checking Out and Heading Home

This was the day we checked out of our home for the month. We found a Paul's for breakfast at the airport. Long day . . .

Not a lot of traffic at 6 AM in Paris

Not a lot of traffic at 6 AM in Paris

June 8, 2019 — Day 30 (Saturday)

Up at 4:30 to finish packing and ready the apartment for inspection. Alex managed to arrive at exactly six o’clock. We got a text from Air France changing our flight time from 10:05 to 11:35 but our shuttle was coming at 6:15 so it didn’t make much difference. We checked out of the apartment and Alex told us Joyce would reimburse our deposit. We left to wait outside where it was cool but not raining.

Last view of Notre Dame from Pont de Sully on the way to the airport

Last view of Notre Dame from Pont de Sully on the way to the airport


The shuttle arrived very close to 6:15 and had a couple people already. We stopped at a hotel on rue Monge to get another woman and were on our way to CDG with very light traffic. Arrived at the airport, found the baggage check area and managed to scan my phone and print boarding passes and luggage tags. An Air France lady put the tags on and a gentleman helped us get them on the luggage belt. Off to the gate and we spotted a Paul’s so I grabbed a table and Ed got us each a chocolate crossant and hot chocolate. Walked to the gate and found seats for a very long wait. We’re now boarded and waiting takeoff. I’ve got my USA SIM card in my phone. Now all we do is sit for 10+ hours and we’re home.

Postscript: Arrived in San Francisco without incident after a painfully long flight. Got our luggage, went through Customs and took the BART to Pleasant Hill where we got a taxi to Peg’s to retrieve our car. A nice long drive through SF traffic and we’re home and happy to see Jean and our kitty again.

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