Arriving in Paris, we were excited as the last time we visited we were delayed and did not get the days we had planned due to protests which prevented our plane from arriving on schedule. We were finally here and with only 2 nights we were determined to see as much as we could. Of course, each of us have different likes / tastes, so the group headed off on their own adventures. I haven’t caught up with everyone to get copies of their images yet, so I am only giving you a glimpse of my adventure. I will add more of their images as we catch up once we get on the boat.
And some nice gentlemen as well…
On our approach to Paris from the airport we spotted this building. The screen was a moving show – but it was also transparent – quite interesting.
Once we arrived and got into our hotel, it was off for lunch and some site seeing. We walked to the Arc de Triomphe (close but not very close – it was a nice walk.) But first we were temped with chocolate bags –
and fresh seafood –
Our first view of the traffic going around the circle of the Arc – surely there is some rules, but it was not apparent. Later a tour guide explained – you must be aggressive. I have since learned that accidents in the circle – both drivers are determined to be equally at fault. Mostly scratches on cars and not dents. Though I saw some scooters that were going to be road kill soon if they continued to cut off buses like they did. Not for the faint of heart.
Of course, neither is walking across streets in Paris. There are not always crossing lights. But again, you must be aggressive and the drivers are “supposed” to stop. I wasn’t going to try that one out.
Then some dinner – mussels for some of the group – yum.
I could not believe how far we walked – over 9 miles according to the Garmin Vivofit I was wearing.
Next day we had a guided tour in the morning. It was a bus ride around the city with two stops for us to take some pictures.
The Luxembourg Palace.
Afterwards, the group went our separate ways to see what interested us. A couple of us selected the Hop on Hop Off bus, to save our feet a bit – as a couple of the places were a bit of a distance. But before that, we headed over to the Eiffel Tower and to Rue Cler for some lunch.
on Rue Cler there are a number of shops for buying fresh produce, cheese, meats, flowers, etc.
With everything that happens, I was pleased that my timing worked out to catch the Ceremony for the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe. It happens each day at 6:30 and veterans and children come march a short distance Avenue des Champs-Élysées towards the traffic circle and to the Arc.
Traffic is stopped for a short time as they cross. Once they cross they lay the new red, white and blue flowers around the tomb and re-ignite the flame in remembrance.
A fitting end for my day as I head back towards the hotel for dinner and to get off my feet (it was another day of over 22,000 steps).
For tomorrow is another day of travel as we head via high speed train to our boat.