Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday 27 December - Flaneur

Pat Hurley has been delayed a day in her arrival here so Mary went off to the Pompidou Centre while I bought a mobilis ticket and explored some more.
It was raining lightly when I left so it seemed a good day to be selling umbrellas.  However, the sun broke out quickly although there was a silver lining in that there were very high winds so maybe a few umbrellas were blown inside out.
After finding an old electric I hadn't seen before at Gare Saint Lazare I decided to follow Denis Desmarais' advice and go to see the TGV Atlantique sidings at Chatillon.  I found them easily enough but Denis omitted to say that the only way to get a good look was to pretend that he had left something on the train and could he please try and find it.
I then went to Porte de Vanves and took the T3a tram to Avenue de France.

The next stop was at Porte de Charenton.  This time I walked back along the roadway/tramway to the bridge over the Villeneuve St. George yards.

From the same location it is possible to see the trams as well.
I continued on to Porte de Vincennes and changed to tram T3b to go all the way through to Porte de la Chapelle.  Metro back to Gare Saint Lazare and walked back from there.
Dinner this evening was at Le Patio Provencal on rue des Dames.  It was the first time we had been there and we found it very good.  The service was well paced and the meal well prepared,  Sorry Brian, no pictures
Shrimp and avocado in a mayonnaise and vinegar sauce/salad with gizzards prosciuttoand parmesan.
Veal provencal style with olives, mixed vegetables/confit de canard with pasta.
Tarte aux poires/Tarte au citron meringue
Half bottle of Saumur Champigny
E-mailing Joanne Rivard while waiting for the Sleepy Time tea to mash

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