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Fashion Show, Sorbonne Area, Pantheon, Mouffetard, Ile de la Cite, Pere Lachaine Cemetary


Breakfast of champions at the hotel.  Breakfast was very continental.  It consisted of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, with a baguette and croissants, butter and jam.  No honey, so I bought my own and used that. On our way out for a day of touristing, we saw some people headed out to demonstrate and strike.  This says something like, "Understaffed, too much worked, miserable salary, uhh...a little more vaseline, please".  We talked to this guy--they were workers at a hospital (this man was a nurses assistant), striking for higher pay.  He's been to Seattle before, renting a car here and then driving up to British Columbia.


At the Galeries Lafayette department store, one of the oldest and largest around, we went to a fashion show that they hold every week.  We had signed up for it previously over the internet.  Very interesting--the first fashion show I've ever been to.


The dress on the left here was the only one that I liked. The rest were too far out for me.


This picture was taken by a couple from Virginia who had signed up for the fashion show as well, but got up too late.  We told them to check out our web site and look at our pictures of it.  We didn't get their names, but if you make it here, greetings! This is the inside of the store, built around a huge atrium.  I was surprised to see that the store itself seemed a little shabby and in need of renovation.


This coat was in the fashion show, one of the first things that they displayed.  Right after Eric took this picture the lady came up and said no pictures. We found the hospital strikers again, just in front of the opera.  It seems like striking in France is a national obsession.  They tied up the traffic tremendously--good thing we weren't driving.


Back at the hotel, we went for a walk in the neighborhood (the Left Bank).  This is the Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages.


Part of the University of Sorbonne, very close to where we stayed. Lots of interesting stores in the area.  We went into a store that caters to medical students, with all kinds of teaching supplies (models of the eye, etc.).


A store of sculpted busts. A teapot store


Another Jules Verne store (our second) A typical Parisian cafe, with chairs on the sidewalk.  It's a little to cold to be drinking coffee outside, though.


We bought our first crepe from this guy, and almost got ripped off by him. It was 15 F, we gave him 50 F, and got back 25.20 F. He was hoping that wed think the 20 centime coin was a 10 F coin (they both have a bronze color). After wed walked away, Eric counted the change and realized we were short. We walked back and told him we didnt get the right change. First he said hed given us another 10 F coin, but then he he gave us the right change. A bookbinder in his workshop.


The next day we walked by the Pantheon on our way to the Mouffetard (a big market street).  The Pantheon was built as a church, but is now something like a secular mausoleum. A pleasant little courtyard close to the Pantheon


Pantheon in the background, and the guy who took the picture for us called the green thing a fountain, but I didn't see a place for water to come out. Yummy, delicious little tarts in a store window.  We tried many pastries like these.  I think my favorite was a coffee eclair.


Rue Mouffetard. A cheese shop.  Tons and tons of selection here, as expected.


A fruit stand on Mouffetard. I bought some Lichee fruits from this vendor.  I was really surprised by the fact that they're so popular here--you see the shells everywhere.  Apparently they're imported from Madagascar.
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