2017 E5 walk, day 45: side-trip to Paris (zero-day)
So, I walked across the street to the train station, and caught an 8:30 AM (or so) train to le Mans.
From the le Mans station, I caught a 9:30 AM (or so) fast train to Paris.
I’d allowed myself plenty of time to get to my appointment, so I did some sightseeing around Montparnasse Station.
I then made my way past the Luxembourg Gardens, and to the Saint-Germain district to the Apple Store.
The Apple Store in Saint-Germain was essentially indistinguishable from one anywhere in the United States, and (I presume) the rest of the world — the same architecture, employees, and customers. I had a brief panic when I realized that I’d missed them calling my name, but they slotted me in, and I walked around the neighborhood while I waited for them to replace the screen. I wandered a few streets, had a snack at la Crêperie des Canettes, made it back to the store, and got my phone back, as good as new. (It was a little unnerving to walk around a strange city without a phone or even a map to help me find my way, but I managed, mostly by not striking out too far.)
Then, still with plenty of time to burn, I walked to the 14th arrondissement, where I would be staying with my family in a month, once we’d met up in London and then come back over to Paris. Finally, I walked back to Montparnasse to catch my train.
The train ride back to le Mans, and the one to Alençon, were completely uneventful. I got groceries for the next couple days, and slept.