I asked a woman next to me in my execrable French for directions. She answered me in her execrable English which left us both confused. Finally, she said, "Eh. I take next train."
She said, "Cool!" and walked back to her train, which I'm sure she missed and had to take the next one.
Case 2: That night when we returned to the subway to go down
town we were trying to figure out how to buy our tickets from a machine (we had metro passes but they started the next day.)
Two young men came up behind us and asked us where we wanted to go. They then held our hand, figuratively speaking, and walked us through the whole procedure. Then off they went after they helped us.
Case 3: We're getting on the train. A man had watched us study the map. "You want to go where?"
Others helped us find the Eiffel Tower. Interestingly, nobody knows what you mean when you say "Eiffel Tower". They say "Tour en Fer". Of course our horrible pronunciation probably didn't help.
I ran back down the street, down the stairs, to the subway where Lisa, Ethan and Derek were waiting for me. We bought our tickets and prayed there were still trains running. There were and we got home safe and sound and collapsed in our beds.
This morning we filled up on croissants and excellent coffee and are on our way to the Musee d'Orsay and maybe the Louvre, depending on how we feel after the first museum. At least Derek and I are. Lisa and Ethan are spending the day at Paris Disney.
Before going to the museum we found a small bakery shop down the street from the museum. Derek got some kind of ham and cheese concoction and I got a baguette filled with three different kinds of cheeses: Brie, Swiss, some hard cheese that was incredible, topped off with lettuce and tomato. This baguette was about a foot long so I told Derek he could have what I didn't finish.
Didn't happen. I ate the whole thing. I couldn't stop. Will I ever eat this well again after I leave France? Doubtful. Need to savor what I can.
Derek and I spent a good bit of the afternoon sitting in the Tuileries garden. There's hundreds of scenic spots to just sit and breath in the garden scents, people watch and just enjoy the peaceful environment.
Derek told me that just sitting and talking for hours with me was his favorite part of our trip. I think he enjoyed both of us being alone for a change.
After spending most of the afternoon at the Tuileries, I told Derek that I wanted to see what we could of the Louvre before it closed. We had a two day pass but I knew the Louvre was big and we would need to see what we could today.
It was strange. I've seen so many prints of this painting that I had to remind myself that this time I was viewing the original.
Incredible first day. We didn't see Lisa and Ethan until extremely late. We all slept soundly in our little room with the uneven floor and flooded bathroom.