Faced by the ever increasing strikes among French railway employees and Air France pilots we decided to beat the crowd – and thus arrived one day before schedule in Paris.
We have established a "bridgehead" in # 8 Passage Choiseul, a small but appropriate flat in one of Paris' covered shopping arcades from the Belle Epoque 125 years ago.
|Passage Choiseul. – The first top row windows to the right belong to "our" flat.|
The Passage is in the 2nd Arrondissement quite close to the Opera and within easy walking or Metro-ing to most other things.
We shopped in the local Monoprix supermarket –
– and snacked some French products –
– before we took a stroll to the Paris Opera (aka Palais Garnier).
However, the walk was cut short because it suddenly rained and we had left the umbrellas in the flat. On the way back the most romantique springtime footware for a three-legged lady insisted on being admired, – and I just couldn't resist.
Tomorrow, we'll don our less fancy shoes and head out along the streets as explorateurs.