Our last day started with a mercy dash back to Montmartre to pick up a couple of metres of the van Gogh print material that we’d seen earlier in the trip. In the ensuing time since our first visit, we’d been thinking about all of the possible uses we could put it to and had decided it was just too beautiful to pass up.
We took the metro to Pigalle this time, (not wanting to face all of those steps at Abbesses) and walked up the hill to the fabric shops, stopping briefly for a most excellent breakfast at Sylon Montmartre that included some of the most awesome pancakes we’ve ever seen.
Once again we had to haggle with the vendor, but eventually we walked away with 2 metres of the most beautiful, velvety material printed with van Gogh’s famous almond blossoms.
After that we decided to head back to the metro, after a short wander along the more sleazy part of Paris along Boulevard de Clichy at Pigalle.
We then headed back to the hotel, where we had a confrontation lined up with the manager after our second sleepless night without air conditioning. Thankfully they had technicians there replacing parts and agreed to waiver one night’s accommodation costs as compensation. They assured us that by the time we arrived back in the afternoon, it would be fully functional.
For the rest of the afternoon, we sat in the top of a “big red bus”, the open top double decker buses that are part of the Paris Pass arrangements. We didn’t even bother with the headsets, preferring just to sit back and take in the sights of this beautiful city. I’ll attempt to name all of the landmarks that follow: