The day that disappeared

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At the Pont Marie metro station, Marie and I were magically transported to Istanbul ... it is a poster.


We travelled back to Paris today ... it was an early morning wakeup ... it was dark at 7am as Loix is in the west of the country.  1.5 hours on the bus followed by 3.5 hours on the train followed by another bus ride within Paris meant that the day disappeared  :-(

It would have been rather uneventful but we managed to brighten up the day with dinner at Chatelier restaurant, a Parisian institution.  The food is good and cheap, the decor is absolutely Parisian ... a bit like Denny's with style. 

At times the staff were amusingly rude ...

  • Our waiter snatched the menu (printed on just A4 paper as it changes daily) back from us and put it back in the rack behind us.  We were given a rude look later when we tried to take a copy back for another perusal.  Maybe people steal them as souvenirs. 

  • Later on, he put down a carafe of water on the table while clearing up ... but quickly snatched it back when we picked it up to pour.  It was destined for another table ... he did quickly give us another carafe though (two-thirds full since we had finished dinner an didn't deserve a full one). 

It was more amusing than offensive though.  They do work hard ... seemingly non-stop and very quickly too!

By the way, we cruised straight to a table about 7:30pm but by the time we left, the queue was out the door and around the corner ... no exaggeration!  It must be good!

 

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Chartier restaurant.
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