The next morning we went to BHV, where we always go round the hobby and leisure department, and most of the kitchen and cookware department too. An exhibition I'd hoped to go to wasn't on any more, and since we were still tired from travelling we just went back to the apartment after a morning shopping, buying something for lunch along the way.
|Tour St. Jacques, again|
|BHV, now rebranded with Marais in its title|
In the afternoon we went to the Eiffel Tower. Line 14 (from our nearest station) took us straight to Bir Hakeim station, and then we went into the Maison de la culture du Japon; we both love the gift shop there with its beautiful Japanese ceramics and origami papers, and there's almost always some exhibition worth seeing. This time it was a small exhibition of paintings based on the theme of remembered childhood.
|Bir-Hakeim metro station|
Just like the Champs Elysées and the Tuileries, it was thronging at the Eiffel Tower. I don't recall that it used to be open so late (11, midnight in the summer) - maybe it's to cater to the increased number of tourists. I'm pretty sure we've been there late in the evening before and it's been closed. Anyway, we didn't want to go up, just to enjoy the area. At the moment they are working on adapting the public space on the first level, added a clear floor. Not for me!!! I hope they still keep the winter skating rink - C loved it the time he was able to skate up there.
|poster showing artist's impression of the work|
The starlings were in starling heaven having discovered a wonderful self-service canteen. Even standing on tippy-toes it was still worth it.