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Montmartre and Nicolas

Little Catherine is not feeling well and if she has what I had, then that would be dreadful. She perked up when Papi suggested a ride on the carrousel up the hill on the Place des Abbesses, which is now her favorite pastime in Paris. We walked up to Sacré Coeur where there were throngs of people jockeying for space in front of the railings to be photographed in front of the panoramic view of Paris.
Nicolas arrived from Poitiers in the afternoon and Tom suggested that we take a brewery tour of a craft brewery on Rue de la Goutte d'Or. We walked down Boulevard Clichy which becomes Boulevard Rochechouart and we were now in an entirely different feeling Paris. There were vendors roasting chestnuts and peanuts on the street, women carrying items in bowls balanced on their heads, men selling what were most likely stolen phones and the streets were extremely crowded and dirty. When we finally reached the brewery, it was closed. So Tom led us to another craft beer store that was on his to-do list. It had 'Private Chess Club' written on the door, which was a little worrisome, but it did indeed sell beer. So we sat down and Catherine was entertained by the cavalier chess pieces. For lack of a better plan, we walked back to the carrousel and back to Sacré Coeur where we watched a man do soccer moves on a precipice overlooking the city. My to-do list had included a walk up Rue Abreuvoir so now was as good a time as any to make this walk. It was breathtaking with areas between the buildings that overlooked the city. This street was also home to Renoir and other famous painters and writers and obviously gave them enormous inspiration.
We stopped for dinner at a little Italian restaurant less than a block from our apartment. We were greeted in Italian and the food was phenomenal: eggplant Parmesan, lasagna Bolognese, cannelloni with ricotta and spinach and pizza that was absolutely authentically delicious. We toasted 'Santé' with a bottle of prosecco and hope we have some more time to spend with Nicolas tomorrow.

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Some great shots of Paris; especially the one with the bike overlooking the city.

by Lea Picciolo

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