The first full day in Paris, with a beautiful blue sky and a bright sun that paints deep shadows along the building facades; it’s early for Parisians on this Saturday morning, nothing is open and we are starving. So we stroll along the narrow streets just taking in the sites and soon we come to the Champs-Elysees where masses of people are meandering, shopping and seeming to have nowhere in particular to go. We turn off onto a quieter street and head for the Seine eventually figuring we’d get to the Eiffel Tower. And there like an apparition we see on both sides of the street cafes open with more than enough room for the two of us to have what for us by now would be our lunch.