Saturday, June 21, 2008

The final update

Thursday we pushed into Paris, about seven hours driving. We stayed in the only camp ground actually inside the city of Paris, right on the Seine river. It was really cool, so we took four nights. Friday we took the camp shuttle to town, then walked up to the Arc de Triomphe, then over to the Eiffel Tower. We went to the top and took in the spectacular view. Then is was off to a Creperie for lunch. We all had the ham, egg and cheese crepe's and they were awesome. Later we walked to the Musee d'Orsay. We had just finished the first floor when a bomb threat set off the fire alarms and they cleared the building. Oh darn, now I have to go back to Paris again to see the rest. We walked past the apartment Windy and I rented back in 2000, and then on to an English language movie theater, where we caught the latest Indiana Jones sequel.

Friday, I packed lunches and we headed for the Louvre. Chris has been asking the whole trip, "When are we going to see the Mona Lisa?" Today was the day. I made it our first stop. Both boys seem to really enjoy seeing it. Then we walked around for a couple of more hours. I tried not to get too carried away, and think three hours was about right. We walked fast and saw a lot, so that helped. We sat on the steps outside just across from the Pyramid and had our lunch. Then it was off to Notre Dame. We toured the inside and then walked the steps up to the bell tower Quasi Modo style.

Saturday, we rode the metro over to Sacré Cœur, and took a long walk back to the river and the VIIe arrondissement with large grass lawns for a picnic lunch. Michael worked on his juggling while Chris and I played Frisby. Next we strolled along the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe where we once again climbed the stairs.

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