Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bike Store, Pere LaChaise, shopping

Every day starts with breakfast.

Took a couple of pictures of Jacque and Helene's apartment also

First thing we did today was laundry! There was a nice little laundromat two doors down from our apartment in the same building so it was very convenient.

By this time we were asking "ok, who has something left they REALLY want to see".
Judy was still determined that we would find a copy of the first book of Harry Potter in French in the unabridged edition instead of only kids versions we had found so far. Jacques told us to try Fnac (big department store) by the Gare St Lazare -

Train station - Gare St Lazare

they were out but we got them to check other stores and found there was one in another store...

Judy and I were sure Kevin wanted to find a biking jersey although he kept saying we didn't have to do that - but we really wanted him to so we located a bike store after being told in sporting goods stores that it would be hard to find a biking jersey - everything was soccer....

Another street corner monument...
And a stop for a quick lunch

The guy working here liked that we were photographing the food and him!

But we did find a bike store - and he did get a jersey!

Judy and I sat out some of the shopping across the street with hot chocolate. And wow, it was nowhere near as good as the hot chocolate at Les Deux Magots.

Then it was Bill's turn - he just really wanted to see Oscar Wilde's tombstone in Pere LaChaise cemetery. Did I mention we did a lot of walking on this day?? We got there with only a little time to spare - but managed to find the two most visited graves... including the one Bill wanted.

Number one most visited grave - Jim Morrison of the Doors who died in Paris in 1971 but obviously still has fans, considering the flowers on the grave and how when we started to ask a guard "where is... he pointed the way to this spot...

 And Bill's favorite, Oscar Wilde... also with lots of flowers and lipstick marks on the glass surrounding the gravestone.  And he died in 1900!
Inside one of the monuments - many of them have small altars and kneelers.

So with the cemetery closing, it was definitely time for some refreshment.  Next entry will include that... this is getting long enough.

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