16 Jun 2017
|Day 29 - Fri 16 Jun 17
We were late starting and away from the apartment by 1030hrs. Our task was to attack the 16th Arrondissement. We crossed the Seine at the footbridge Passerelle Debilly and headed for the Palais de Chaillot. Our route was defined by major intersections where restaurants and shops congregate and several defined landmarks; everything in between was to be of interest as well.
Initially this took us to the seven way intersection at the bottom of Rue de la Tour and then north west to Rue Paul Doumer before turning south west to the area of La Muette. Prominent, but not by size, was the old railway station that has now been turned into a restaurant. We continued north through the gardens past the Musee Marmottan Monet to the much larger woods, Bois de Boulogne, to the north west. We briefly visited the Hippodrome d'Auteuil which combines a steeple race course with other sports like rugby and hockey. Further north within the woods, which is very much preserved in its natural state, we viewed the large lake. We believe it is through this park that a large length of the Paris Marathon is run.
We changed course south, crossed the old railway line which is marked by trees towards Ranelagh. Here we stopped at Mozarts for the lunch time bun and coffee.
One of the few standout points of interest to us was the Chapelle Sainte Therese on Rue Leopold 3. We did not consider the modern circular structure of the Auditorium de Radio France of interest. The chapel appears part of an old convent where part of the old cloister can still be seen. There is also a park area around the chapel where the lunchtime crowd were gathered.
From this walk we determined the area was primarily residential of middle to upper income level and in contrast to areas in the 17th Arrondissement had a large mix of old, rebuilt to old design or modern design apartments. On several intersections we could note all three without difficulty. We also noted a number of gated areas classified as private which suggested exclusiveness was sought after.
We completed our transit of the Arrondissement by passing the large hospital on Rue Chardon- Lagache and crossing the Seine over the Pont du Garigliano.
At the Quai d'lssy Les Moulineaux, we noted the large tram stop and without much thought caught a tram leaving for Port Vincennes. We knew where Vincennes was from a previous trip but was not aware of its relationship with the Port. Having committed ourselves to the trip, I noted from the map that it was close to Vincennes and the tram followed a circular route from the east of Paris to the West of Paris. We enjoyed the 40min trip as it took us through many different areas that we had not expected to visit; many were marked by accommodation towers of lesser interest than those in Paris central. I add here, most of the stops made by the tram were at stops prefixed Ports; these are not water ports.
When we arrived at the Port, it was a simple connection to the Metro, yellow line 1 and quick run to The Champs station; Kaye wanted more walking. This involved a leg from the Grand Palais through the back street Rue Jean Goujon, across the Pont d'Alma to Rue Cler.
Shopping for dinner in this market place provided most of what we wanted, however, my opinion of the decline in the prominence of this tourist attraction is firming.
We were back at the apartment by 1630hrs where we rested, had dinner and were in bed by 2200hrs.