So, off we went to St Pancras, (which was looking refurbished and rather resplendent),
We had two days to explore and enjoy, and while Richard was working, I had the lovely company of wife of a colleague of his, already a friend, to wander the city with, and we saw so much. I know Paris a little and went back to a few favourite places and found lots of new wonders.
From Notre Dame, we moved onto to the nearby Concierge - the ancient Capetian royal palace which became the seat of royal administration and law in the 15th century, and then during the Revolution it became a huge prison holding over 4000 prisoners, many awaiting the guillotine. Some original cells remain, including that of Marie-Antoinette. The small women's courtyard, where female prisoners were allowed to walk and wash their clothes was particularly poignant,
I got seriously wantywanty and had to leave before I bought half the lighting and a clock 3 ft across! Pia Jane Bijkerk's book, Handmade in Paris was a brilliant guide for artisan shops in the backstreets of Paris, full of treasures and unique crafts. The stationary shops she recommends in the Fourth Arrondissement were stunning, and I will have to return for the haberdashery shops alone!
We had amazing meals - in style at Le Petit Zinc in St-Germain-des-Pres, where I ate the best sea-bass of my life, cooked in clay, and modestly but deliciously at creperies and cafes. Did I mention the citrus souffle brought to the table in its copper pan with a glass of Grand Marnier on the side. Meals like this last a long time in the memory.
Richard and I had the last day to ourselves, and so we walked our way down a section of the Seine,