Tom decided to head back to his place and we decided to meander our way over to our "old" neighborhood where we stayed before it was made famous by Rick Stevens. The street name is Rue Clare and is a totally pedestrian street with lots of wonderful shops and restaurants. We had stayed at a small bistro hotel back in 2005 which cost us only $95/night. Today the rack rate is $294/night!! Not in our league anymore.
Our next day dawned bright and sunny!!! Perfect for our picnic in the Luxembourg square gardens. We grabbed a quick coffee and juice at a local café then went on a hunt for lunch fixings with Tom in his neighborhood, not far from us.
The gardens were just a couple of blocks from both our hotels and they are lovely with pools, fountains, a grotto and flowers. The grand senate building is the cornerstone at one end. Sitting in the sun eating our lunch along with a hot cup of tea was such a local thing to do. Tranquil and serene.
Sacre Coeur is incredibly beautiful with a view of the city from its perch high on the hill. Exquisite!
I've been doing this blog for over 3 years and my format has never changed. Not one little iota. So as I sat there in disbelief I realized there was nothing I could do about it until later so I made the decision it was going to be what it's going to be. My vacation would go on and my life would go on. I was not going to worry or stop enjoying my vacation. I did sent out a plea on Facebook to cry and plea for help. With that, I finished my wine and continued on with my day.
Our climb down the hill ended close to Moulin Rouge, so we definitely had to walk through the red light district so I could take a picture of the disappointing famous red windmill. Disappointing in that it isn't as large as I had it pictured in my mind.
We ended our evening by doing a little wandering through the Latin Quarters where Mike bought a french phrase book and seeing Notre Dame across the river then finding a terrific little out of the way Mexican restaurant on a "restaurant row" pedestrian street. Tom would be heading out the next morning to move on to Avignon, France. We would join him a day later.
So once back in our room, I checked Facebook and I had received many good suggestions of what I could and should do. I followed their instructions and was able to get back into Blogger where it did give me an option of "Review". Amazing that the email I received from Google Blogger did NOT give me these instructions. I had to scramble to figure it out. They only gave me the option of clicking on a button to submit the appeal. No where was there an opportunity to ask questions or to please my case. It was simply asking for a review. With that, I went to bed exhausted, feeling lost, scared that 3+ years of my writing was gone but still with a resolve that it was going to be ok.
Back to my Google Blogger fiasco. In mid afternoon, while at Monet's home and gardens, I found a way to connect to the internet. Yup, low and behold there was an email from Google Blogger:
Hello, We have received your appeal regarding your blog http://lymantricia.blogspot.com/. Upon further review we have determined that your blog was mistakenly marked as a TOS violator by our automated system and, as such, we have reinstated your blog. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused in the meantime and thank you for your patience as we completed our review process. Thank you for understanding. Sincerely, The Blogger Team