Today, we took the 67 bus from Pigalle to Rivoli-Louvre and started with a stroll past the tourist shops with their displays of scarves and Eiffel Tower ornaments. I never visit them unless I have visitors. We strolled along Rue St. Honoré to the Les Halles area which is undergoing another facelift which will not be complete until 2016. Since the food market was moved in 1971 and a shopping mall developed,
the area has lost much of its charm. It is being revitalized and hopefully, according the plan, will re-emerge as a hub of Paris.
After skirting the hectares of construction, we entered L'église de St. Eustache, an imposing Gothic church. Louis X1V received communion at St. Eustache and the Grand Ministre Colbert is buried there.
The organ of St. Eustache is the largest in Paris . The paintings in the individual chapels are dark and imposing retellings of the martyrdom of early Christians.
We had extra time before meeting friends at Au Pied de Cochon so we stopped for drinks and tapas at a corner brasserie. What a great place to people watch! We especially like men with full hair and coloured jeans.
We met our friends at Au Pied de Cochon where we ate pieds farcis (stuffed pigs' feet). This is Paris and we will try anything. As a solo traveller, I like to travel in taxis at night so we walked to rue Montorgeuil, hailed a cab and returned chez nous in time for sleep.