Early morning we hop on the TGV express train from Avignon to Paris. The high speed portion of our trip from Switzerland to Avignon had been after sunset so this was a chance to observe the French countryside. Eurail passes allow foreigners first class travel. We lounged and ate breakfast in comfort.
Because France is a large country, and one of continual fascination for me, I was interested in the landscape and future places to ride a bike. I tried following by map. I guessed we headed northwest, directly towards Paris. I could neither confirm our whereabouts, by road signs or track crossings, because of the train's blazing fast speed. I gave up. I relaxed as we zipped through rolling vineyards with typical blessed narrow roads, then flatter farmland dotted with white cattle. I have no idea where we were.
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|Patty, near Notre Dame cathedral.|
|Michele and Patty with lunch.|
Velib, in action. In fact, it's highly utilized, as I later learned.
|Practical city commuters.|
|One of Sacre Coeur's spires stands in the forefront with the Eiffel Tower|
in the distance.
|Michele and Annie at the Arc de Triomphe.|
|Flower garlands surround the tomb for a special event.|
|Michele is in the foreground. She wears colorful clothing compared with the Parisians.|
|A kelly green two horse-powered wonder: the Deux Chevaux.|
When Patty, Michele, and I crossed the street, I snapped my photo and waited for the Deux Chevaux to start up from the stop light. I wanted to hear it's pitter-patter engine. Unfortunately, the car died. The woman driver seemed embarrassed as a couple guys pushed her and the car to the curb. The demise of the Citroen two-stroke seems destined for museums and collectors, belying it's initial intention as a car for the peasant masses. C'est la vie.
|Photo credit: Patty|
After walking for 7 hours we are exhausted. We'd initially wanted to view Paris after dark, but we can't make it. We opt for the Metro back to the hostel.
I never tire of visiting this lovely city. Paris, I'll be back.