Thursday, 9 October 2008
Paris - Day 2 : La Défense 1
As the new day sprung, over the waters of the Seine and the city beckoned us to invade it, there were more things to do and people to see.
Paris is not a passive city. One must hit the Boucherie, the Boulangerie and the Fromagerie, pour faire ses courses.
One must laugh and chatter with barge operators and taxi drivers and just anyone who happens to be there, wherever one finds oneself.
Et, il faut qu'on trouve le meilleur croissants pour le petit déjeuner.
And that is what life lends to a new day. Food, people and chatter.
La joie d'un nouveau jour est la vie elle-même.
We set out à pied, - on foot - and raced around madly to places that were imperative to be seen. Firstly the tram from Les Milons the La Grande Arche.
Crossing over the footbridge, La Passerelle de l'Avre from Boulogne to Saint-Cloud, we were able to see the panorama of the Seine with its myriad of river craft, the city and La Défense in the northern background. And what a warm sunny and exhilarating day it was.
Le tram, - an ALSTOM Citadis 300 - plucked us away from the clean and modern stop and flew us smoothly from Les Milons to La Défense where we alighted for what was to be a stunning experience, yet just one of many.