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Last evening’s bedtime reading material was French Lessonsby Peter Mayle.  I’ve read it several times and it can still cause me to literally laugh out loud.  The book’s first chapter has a reference to the queue at the Poîlane bakery on rue du Cherche-Midi in the 6th arrondissement.  I’ll report back from the trenches about my queue experience when I do my R&R (reconnaissance and research) during my upcoming stay.

"P" for Poîlane

“P” for Poîlane

In my Let Them Eat Bread post I indicated that I will also be  visiting Lionel’s branch of Boulangerie Poîlane on Boulevard de Grenelle in the 15th arrondissement.   I queried RATP about my various transportation possibilities. From my starting point in the 5th the RER is the fastest and most direct choice.  However if I took the RER I’d be traveling (repeat after me …) “beneath the most beautiful city on the planet”.  I want to stay above ground.  So do you.

I’m considering two possible bus routes that will get me from my studio (Point A) to 49 Boulevard de Grenelle (Point B).

Possibility #1; uses 3 bus lines (only one ticket) and takes about 30 minutes.

A to B choice 1

A to B choice 1

Possibility #2; uses only one bus line but requires a bit more walking and takes about 40 minutes.

A to B choice 2

A to B choice 2

Possibility #1 takes me along the banks of the Seine.  While I’d need to change bus lines twice I might not mind depending on the day and the weather.  Possibility #2 involves more walking and a very different street level view of Paris as seen from possibility #1.  Actually I’m going to use #1 from A to B and #2 from B back to A.  Then again, as I consider the various possibilities, I might walk over and say hello to La Tour Eiffel.  If so, perhaps I’ll take a Bateau Mouche back to chez moi. Ça dépend ….