Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Rainy Day in Paris

An ad in the Metro station for Orangina.  Even the giraffes in Paris wear red heels!
It rained and rained and rained all day.  The rain it would not go away.  I guess maybe, just maybe I've read too many Dr Suess books.  So, Bill had the idea to drive the car to the station and park, then take the train to Paris and visit the d'Orsay Musee.  The first two ideas worked well.  When we arrived to the d'Orsay the line, standing out in the pouring rain, was at least two hours long.  Change of plan.  We walked across the Seine to the Louvre.  Being a Tuesday, it was closed, but the Carrosel area underneath was opened for business.

You many order from a touch screen, if you have a bank card with a chip.  Most Americans do not.

Or, walk up and order at the counter.
We shopped a bit, dried out coats out, mostly, and then decided to head up to the food court to get something to drink.  A large selections of cafes, buffets, and.........McDo's.  (That's French for McDonald's.)
Bill ordered a Coke, I had a Sprite, both served in cups with ice and straws.

Cool, refreshing Coca-Cola products, but made with sugar not high fructose corn syrup. 

The menu boards are an odd combination of French and English.

Some of the items looked quite tasty.  I don't know if these are available in the US, we don't often go to McDonald's.
Very relaxing to sit and drink and dry out a bit more.  We hung our coats over the adjacent seats.  Then it was back out into the rain to the Metro and home.  7 story walk up in the car park and Viola! we are home.  Not the day we had planned, but enjoyable, none the less.
The RER station at La Defense, where the new Grande Arch is located.

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