Bonjour mes amis,
If you’re a person who likes it cool, then this is your time to be in Paris. Yesterday, it barely reached 70 degrees. Today may be a little warmer. We can’t recall another year quite like this one in terms of weather. Remind me of this when it’s 95 degrees in mid-August because I know the pain is coming…ha! It does affect everything and everyone’s state of mind.
Our day yesterday was focused around the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and some historical monuments that we wanted Carson to learn about. Yes, it required a lot of walking with tired feet, but alas, that is Paris. The only real way to see it is with your feet and a little help from the subway. Carson is becoming a pro at getting around and understanding the mechanics of using Le Métro.
Bernie and I got everyone to the Arc de Triomphe and let them go up by themselves as we have done this adventure so much. Great photos taken by Natalie as are most of the ones from today. Please forgive replications and the order as photos are loading from everywhere it seems. I scramble to get them all air-dropped into my iPad.
The walk down Les Champs led us first to the beautiful and unique Apple store (it’s a total WOW!) and then down to the end of Avenue George Cinq to the memorial for Princess Diana and the tunnel where she was killed which held great fascination for the gals. Also the eternal flame replica of the Statue of Liberty.
Our cool evening stroll was magical through the Tuileries Gardens, La Place de la Concorde and over to the Hotel de Crillon where in 1945 the peace treaty was signed in what is now the beautiful front salon which ended the war and led to the formation of the United Nations. We couldn’t really see much but the front as they are pretty snippy about letting tourists come in, which is understandable.
As we experience our final day together, we’re off to the Luxembourg Gardens, some more shopping, and finally at 4pm we have tix for the Eiffel Tower. Carson is a bit afraid of heights so we hope he will survive this okay.
They depart from the hotel around 10am tomorrow, and we wish them safe travels and hopefully some good memories.
L & B