June 1, 1967
After bathing, at last we have our continental breakfast in hotel. It's a huge hotel and comfortable halls and roomy. Our site-seeing tour begins with a tour woman guide. Off to the arc de Triumph and crossover the underpass - It wonderful. On pass we tour Eiffel - We will remember this tour forever - The Pantheon - Church Magdeline and the beautiful lombard - Olan Vindome , Napoleon's tomb - Monmarte - Flengy Market - Palais Bourbon, Palais Luxembourg, - Oh so many things forgotten momentarily at this writing. We go to Notre Dame and are thrilled - to the Siene - historical building on the left bank and right - Place de la Bastille - we see the remaining stair where Marie Antoinette was beheaded (hapsburgs) - where Louis the XVI was executed - We see Maxims Moulin Rouge, We go to Sacre Coeur. the church is having high mass - children in long white robes. We see the view finder plaque on the steps and look over the city. Go to artists square and see painters actually working - some are great, others characters. A most interesting square. It's a little foggy as we look over the city but the guide says that means a good day. We have lunch at Moulin Rouge annex, ho ho terrible lunch. We go past Louvre, Notre Dame we visit after lunch not before. At my rate this day is so filled and our sight-seeing ends at about 4:00 pm or so. Back to our room. We get refreshed. Peggy stops in - actually we should take a rest. I musts top here and say she and I have been shopper buddies. All through Europe she and I have stopped at every store we pass. Ray and Craig have been very patient. So! we go on our own again. Not knowing where we start out. Try to take a bus to the Monmarte. Finally we got one - But -- we got on a bus we shouldn't have. We only go a block or so and then walk forever. Our aim is Monmarte and the artist's square again. We walk up interesting turning street and up to where the artists are. Well! It seems like all the tourists are here. We consider several plans but think better of it. Pass an out of touch little place - a man says in French - real cheap- only 10 american a piece - as a joke - he was eating at a side walk cafe. We hurry past to the monmarte and find our way back to the little place. We do so and were pleasantly rewarded. Go upstairs to a little stucco walled room ropes as railings upstairs red lamp shades and real oil paintings by some aspiring artists. Tell the young man with the slight beard we can only spend 80 francs for the 4 of us. He says Tres bon. We have delicious meal. A delicious green salad, hors d ourves, tomatoes, french fries, and good wine. Afterwhich sir comes back and says anything over that will cost more, so we leave because we are full. Meander again and part way take a cab. Nice taxi driver, but peg and I didn't realize it and thought he was robbing us but we were just wrong. 88cents it was about. We have coffee and watch people again. All through Italy Switzerland Monaco, we were supposed to open up a bottle of Peggy's wine and we always say next night because we are too pooped. Same with this night, so off to bed.