|Hotel de Ville, Saint-Etienne|
I'm staying at the lovely Hotel B&B Monthieu.
It's not a "B&B"; that's the name of the hotel chain. It's on the outskirts of Saint-Etienne. And when I say "outskirts," I mean "way the f*** out there." It's is way out of downtown Saint-Etienne. It's a 30 minute walk to the train station, and that's only about half-way to the downtown.
It is a nice, pleasant little downtown. That's the "Hotel de Ville," which translates to "Town Hall." It's not a "hotel" despite the name.
It has a nice tram line, which runs until they roll up the sidewalks in Saint-Etienne. Which is about 8:00PM. The lights of Paris this is not.
There are tourist sites in Saint-Etienne. Like a museum of mines. And a design museum. Maybe another day, but not game day.
Lots of patisseries. This is France. And like everything else in Saint-Etienne, they are packed with Croatian fans.
I was good so I got a meringue, with a ribbon of dark chocolate around it. Visible in the case, bottom right.
We walked up at this point.
Excellent view of Saint-Etienne.
Selfie to prove I'm here. Getting close to game time, but that's for another post.