Day 4. Paris. Tuesday 20 Sept

Our little boulangerie, Beatrice, around the corner is closed for Tuesday and Wednesday. A good opportunity to try out others in our area. Mark hired a velib and rode to find one. Yummy croissants and baguettes, not quite Beatrice though. A bit of a bumpy start to today, everyone tired. Eventually we made our way to to the Canaramaux cruise which explores the Canal Saint Martin. The cruise explores a different and unique part of Paris. It commences on the Port near Bastille and goes under tunnels for the first 2 kilometres. The tunnel is light by 37 lanterns, or skylights, built in the early 1900’s. Amazing architecture and building. There are 4 double locks on the canal which raises the boat 3 metres to continue the journey. It departs at Parc Villetes. An amazingly designed and purpose built outdoor space on the outskirts of Paris. It was enjoyable but the lifting of the boat on the locks got a bit tedious. For dinner it was time to shop with the locals on Rue Montorgueil. I purchased a poulet roti and some pommes de terre roti. The potatoes are roasted with the fat of the chicken which has skillfully dripped on the the chickens in the rotisserie. Picked up some salads and dressings to complete the meal. I purchased dessert at Stohrer, 2 creme brulee and 2 chocolate mousse. The creme brulee is the best I have ever had the pleasure of eating. The chocolate mousse was dark in colour and rich and strong, cake like in texture. A beautiful meal in our beautiful apartment. At 9pm we stood on the terrace as a family and watched the stunning display of twinkling lights on the Eiffel Tower. It doesn’t get any better than this!

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