Wednesday, September 4, 2019
France day 2-3/17, Madeleine and Montmartre
https://www.pembroke-music.com/https://www.pembroke-music.com/, this is her band.) In the photo is Gary's first official sit-down with an espresso at a real Parisian café, in the Montmartre neighborhood. In the background is a boulanger/patissier (bakery and pastry shop). In Paris, you might see a boulanger who bakes only bread/croissants and not sweetened goods, whereas an American "bakery" would almost always serve anything that comes out of an oven, sweet or otherwise.
By the way, our hotel serves American-style coffee, not fantastically flavorful but OK to get our morning started. In Montmartre, I did not discuss the menu with the staff person (he seemed to be the owner or manager). The espresso was great. I will look for a chance to have a coffee discussion later when I have a little more time and can maybe try a couple products.
In Montmartre, we zigged and zagged until we reached the top of the hill where stands the Basilica of Sacré Coeur. I am still sorting through photos, maybe later.
I have been joking about my limited ability to speak French with the person who has been at our hotel's front desk the last couple days, so I told her upon returning from Montmartre, "Nous parlons avec Picasso, il n'est pas mort."
Look it up.