We had a date with "Christophe" from Paris Greeters, who showed up promptly at 11 a.m. He helped us travel by bus to the Latin Quarter, where we walked along streets full of shops and restaurants, past the Sorbonne, and the site of the Roman Baths which is now the Cluny Museum.
After a nice lunch at Cafe Le Dante (see the Croque Monsieur and the Caprese salad above) we made our way to Notre Dame. It's just a magnificent structure, and it's hard to imagine how something like this was created without power tools.
After viewing Notre Dame, we checked out the bridge covered with locks of love. Tradition says that if you attach a lock to the bridge and drop the key into the Seine, your love will last forever. I understand that true Parisians are not all happy about tourists "trashing" their bridges. This is just a tiny sample, and I can see their point.
we made our way back to an antique market we had seen earlier in the Latin Quarter - easier said than done. We thought maybe there would be local artisans, crafts, etc., but it was truly an outdoor antique shopping area. We spent a few minutes looking around, then spent a lot of minutes looking for a taxi to take us back to our apartment. We were way too far to walk, we were exhausted, and we were relieved when we finally found a taxi stand. (Note to self - take taxi company number with you from now on!)
Back at the apartment, we took a break and changed clothes. It's been very warm and sunny here during the day, so the clothes that started the day are not necessarily the ones that go to dinner at night! Speaking of dinner, we finally went out in search of something not too heavy at about 10 p.m. Now you know we really are on the Parisian schedule. They tend to eat really, really late by American standards. We found ourselves at Le Clement, which was only partially busy. But we didn't have reservations so they had us wait for about 10 minutes, then they seated us. The food was just OK...not as interesting as the decor in the entrance, where they had covered the ceiling in different size copper pots, with big lids serving as door handles. This picture is from Le Clement on the Champs Elysee (not where we ate). We didn't realize at first that it was a chain restaurant. We noticed a difference from the other cafes/brasseries that we have tried. There are so many cute little places, there is no need to go to a chain restaurant. Lesson learned!