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Five people in my Cordon Bleu Saturday class last month were staying at the Hotel d’Aubusson on Rue Dauphine in the 6ème arrondissement.  There was a family of 3 and a family of 2 and each family had won their Paris vacation at a charity auction: different home cities, different charities, same Paris package up for auction.  And I was informed that when family #1 “lost” the final bid, the auctioneer offered to sell them the Paris vacation at the same price as the winning bid.  What a deal and what a great way to earn money for a good cause.  I have no idea how much (more?) they paid for their Paris vacation than the street price, but a charity auction is much more fun than playing price roulette on the internet, and perhaps some of the cost is tax deductible.

Edibles from the sea

Edibles from the sea

Our Cordon Bleu class spent the morning walking to a street market, poking around the several blocks of vendors of many sorts, and then walking back with edibles for a “light lunch”.  There was ample time for chit-chat, all in American English.  As usual I was extolling the superiority of getting around Paris by bus and offered to make a custom route from the Aubusson to La Tour Eiffel located in the 7ème (hence the post title).

I’ve taken this bus trip many times, but I realized that for a newbie (can I say bus virgin and not offend anyone?) they would need to have faith.  The word “faith” in French is <<foi>>.  If you add a final e (which is silent) you get <<foie>> which is the French word for “liver” as in <<pâté de Foie Gras>>; honestly.  So when I’m mixing my French with my English (which I refer to as Franglish), what I come up with is that someone needs to have both faith and a liver.

From the 6th to the Eiffel Tower in the 7th

From the 6th to the Eiffel Tower in the 7th

When you take a bus from the 6ème to the Eiffel Tower, you will arrive at the back, not the front.  You won’t get confused or lost because the Eiffel Tower dominates everything.  You truly “can’t miss it”.  The RATP recommended bus line for my Cordon Bleu friends is line 87.  RATP estimates that the walk from Hotel d’Aubusson to the Rue de l’Ecole bus stop will take about 5 minutes.  That might be true if you don’t get distracted by lots of shopping possibilities.  And you also need to have “faith” that your walking instructions will get you to the correct bus stop.  The bus trip itself runs about 20 minutes, traveling through non-recognizable (but incredibly charming!) Paris.  Once again, have faith and a liver.  The terminal stop for bus line 87 is Champ de Mars.  If you wait for the final destination, you won’t take a wrong stop.  When you arrive you’ll have an unobstructed view the Eiffel Tower.