Bloody hell walter- you didn't tell me their was an acsenseur! We got the elevator up. There was a big lefty fete happening. The French communist party had a stall as did a bunch of Palestinan support groups et al. Very civillised. Live music too. I'm sure a band was singing a song with the refrain 'purple dude' but my bad hearing (and eyesight) combined with a hyper pattern matching brain probably got it wrong.
Walked down though! Gobsmacked by how many restaurants are closed dimanche and lundi. Probably because they are family run not businesses. Great food so far. This has been a big trip for souvenirs, something we don't normally buy much of.