Today was another fabulous day - with several worries being for naught. My concept last night was to leave the apartment around 9:30AM in order to arrive at the Paris Opera (Palais Garnier) by 10:15 when the box office opens and tickets for the English guided visit go on sale. I was a bit nervous because not only did I have to ride the metro (and ensure that my ticket worked) but I actually had to change trains. Now for those of you who live in major metropolitan areas - like I used to - this is no big deal. But since it has been since 1988 that I lived in New York City, and since I had to change trains in a foreign language, I was a bit anxious. But all fell into place perfectly. I was sitting on the steps of the Opera at 9:50.
At 10:15 I was able to secure my ticket for the tour that would begin at 11:30. I wasn't quite sure what to do, so I decided to walk and check the area. I walked in several directions and actually happened upon Place de la Concorde - the original location for the storming of the Bastille (if memory serves me correctly). Now there is a tall statue to commemorate the event - and the entire square is surrounded by very upscale shops. I thought I was on 5th Avenue in New York for a moment.