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We arrived in Paris only a few minutes late and our driver was waiting.  It was a good thing Linda had arranged that as the taxi line was horrible.  Got to the hotel and checked in but the rooms, of course, were not yet ready.  Leaving the bags with the porter, we walked west on Boulevard Montparnasse to La Ratonde for lunch.  We had croque monsieur all around as well as frites, 2 bottles of Sancerre and dessert.  On the way to the restaurant we had noticed what we thought was an inordinate number of strange-looking people on the street but wrote it off to “progress”. As we were eating lunch, however, more and more people started showing up with more and more outrageous outfits.

When the police started cordoning off the street I asked our waiter what was going on and he said it was a gay pride parade.  Eventually it started and, WOW, was it a turnout.  Certainly tens of thousands of people both in the parade and walking alongside of it.  It was essentially a river of people stretching from the buildings on one side of this wide thoroughfare to those on the other.  It had gone on for at least 30 minutes when we became bored of watching and decided to head for the hotel.  Unfortunately, that was “upstream”.  We tried bucking the flow for a short block but then gave up and went around.  Of course, given Paris’ street layout, that was not an easy matter.  When we got to the hotel, the thing was still in full swing.  I’ll never again hear the term “Gay Paris” without a smile.

We took a nap and just chilled until about 7:30 when we had dinner at Chez Fernand;  Boeuf Bourgignon all around.  After this long day we just crashed and burned.

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