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Amen sister. The worst restaurant meal I ever had was in Paris. Can you believe that!

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Posted to Thread #30549 at 11:36 am on Oct 16, 2018

I'm fairly certain the concept never even occurred to me, so when it happened, I was actually stunned.

The day started out with a croissant and latte, but nothing else because we were heading for Versailles and I wanted to eat there. We took the Metro first then caught a bus that would take us to the main entrance. But somewhere along the way, the bus driver started explaining something (in French, obviously) which neither of us spoke. He kept pointing up the road and gesturing and waving us off the bus. We finally had to get off because he turned the empty bus around and went back the way we'd come. We stood there on the side of the road and looked around. No Versailles in sight. NO WHERE. And that's one big building not to not see.

We finally started walking in the direction away from the way he'd driven in since we hadn't pass Versailles that way. And 1.5 MILES later, we got to the entrance. There we met someone who spoke English and told us a military parade was going on and the roads were blocked to the entrance.

700 rooms later...or maybe 7,000 rooms later, I was tired of Marie and Louie and just wanted food. Badly. And guess what. There was NONE. Not a single place to eat there. A kiosk was selling water but nothing else. Apparently a military parade preempted everything.

Long scrabbling 1.5 mile walk back to the bus stop, then to the Metro, then to our hotel near the Sorbonne. As this was our last night in Paris, we had saved this final meal for one of the couscous restaurants that line the streets in St. Germain. Every evening we lingered around the aroma, but due to budget issues, we knew we could only afford one night out. And this was it.

At 5:00 PM, we were showered and physically refreshed, but STARVING. We walked down to our favorite, most aromatic restaurant and smelled...nothing. We walked up the door and no tables outside were set. We pulled the door handle and it was locked. Then we went to another restaurant and it was closed. Then another.


We realized the military parade must have signaled a French holiday that we knew nothing about and that was why all the restaurants were closed. We walked and walked and walked and finally found a Chinese restaurant open.

I can't go into the details because I have blocked them from my memory but it was THE WORST MEAL EVER. Not even just the worst Chinese meal...the WORST MEAL EVER.

From there we went to a French film and finally walked home at 9:00 PM. And guess what? ALL the restaurants were OPEN! Apparently, being the hicks we were, we didn't realize Parisan restaurants didn't open until later in the evening.

And now we had no budget left. And we were leaving the next morning.


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