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On the Rue de Seine

Off to Paris for our anniversary again, and in a September heatwave! We travelled by Eurostar as usual, but this time, we’d chosen to rent an apartment rather than stay in a hotel. It was tiny, and was to prove less than perfect, with a very stuffy mezzanine bedroom and no possibility of opening the windows!

This was as far as the window would open

Another view of the cramped sleeping area

But one thing the apartment certainly had going for it was location, right on the Rue de Seine near Saint-Germain-des-Prés, our favourite part of the city. Once we’d settled in and unpacked we made a beeline for the river where we hoped to pick up a cooling breeze. Our walk took us along the Rue de Seine, past its many fascinating galleries, most showcasing either African and Australian Aboriginal art, or contemporary artists.

Gallery on the Rue de Seine

It was certainly a bit more comfortable down by the river, and lots of other people obviously felt it too. The quais were lined with sunworshippers as well as others taking advantage of patches of shade provided by bridges and trees. It was a great area for some street photography.


By the Seine

Bouquinistes and Pont Neuf, and the statue of Henri IV on the latter

We followed the Quai to the Pont Neuf and on to the Ile de la Cité. In our favourite Place Dauphine we had a rather messy fast-melting ice cream!

In the Place Dauphine

We then walked through the flower market which was relatively cool and shady. The Wallace Fountain there was in great demand, as they were all over Paris during our stay.

In the flower market

We stopped to check progress on Notre Dame, as we’ve done on every visit since the fire. They are making good progress, as the Friends of Notre Dame website reports: https://www.friendsofnotredamedeparis.org/reconstruction-progress/

Notre Dame from the Left Bank

Then we crossed back on to the Left Bank for more photos on the streets around the Place Saint Michel and a much-needed beer stop!

Near the Square René Viviani

Near the Square René Viviani, and outside Shakespeare and Co

On the Rue de la Huchette

Protest in the Place Saint-Michel

In the Place Saint-Michel

In the evening we went to mass at Saint-Germain-des-Prés and then had dinner at the busy Mabillon brasserie where we’d had breakfast in previous years. The food was nothing special but OK. And the friendly service, good wine and great people watching spot meant we were happy with our choice.

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