Thursday, August 7, 2014
巴黎 (1) Paris
5/8/2014, we reached Paris from Milan at about 4:30 pm.
This concluded our 10 days Italian tour. (I shall do posting on this part of journey on a later date due to tremendous amount of information and photographs)
We checked into a small studio apartment at Rue Leopold Bellan, considered within city limit.
There are many cafes and supermarkets in this area. We did a little of shopping for bread, cheese and fruits, and rested for the rest of the day.
It rained this morning, so we went out wearing raincoat to begin with today's itinerary.
First stop was at the Miraculous Medal Chapel at Rue du Bac.
We came here 2 year ago. This was the chapel Mary appeared to Sr. Catherine Labore in year 1830. Her incorrupt body is kept here. (See old posting )
We attended a Mass in French. Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus （Jesus showing his glorious form to his disciples in Mount Tabor).
I liked this chapel because of lesser crowd.
We stayed more than 2 hours here and left for sightseeing.
Although it was my second time (Pauline's third time) to Paris, but we still go to places of interest.
We walked to the Arc de Tromph and had lunch at a restaurant nearby. The food is good and the price is reasonable.
After lunch, we went to visit Effel tower.
The tower under slight rain seemed more romantic ...
It was enough for a day. Walking under the rain also drained our energy too.
The first time I was in Paris was with my younger daughter who arranged the itinerary and the necessary.
This time around, I have to take care ourselves, from booking hotel, train tickets and taking Metro. After the Italian trip, I have learned a lot and was confident in traveling with the Metro.
However, caution and alertness must be maintained at all times.
Today, I was almost fall victim to the pickpockets.
While boarding a Metro train in a crowded station, suddenly I felt some movement at my front jean pocket. Instinctively, I stretched my hand to touch it... at that moment, I also felt something was pulling out from my pocket, but my wallet was intact.
I realized that I have been pick-pocketed.
I think the modus operandi was that the pickpocket inserted something (not hand but could be a piece of hard material/cardboard to pull out my wallet, but failed because my hand was pressing hard on it. So he has to pull out.
I did not see the culprit except the crowd around me.
Giving thanks and praise to God for His protection.
It also awakened my alertness and caution.
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