Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Trip Recap - Day 8 Paris

Day 8, our last full day in Paris, our last full day officially on vacation. We were very sad that it was coming to an end, yet at the same time we were missing our pets and excited to head home and see them.

Before we left we had a few more sights to see!

We started the morning with pastries and coffee yet again (we were not very adventurous!) and hoped on the metro towards The Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. We crossed under the crazy round about and used our Museum Passes yet again to begin the climb to the top. Little did we know that you just climbed around and around and around with other tourists hot on your heals until you reached the main information/gift shop area, and this statue!

After 7 straight days of walking/sightseeing, I was impressed that our bodies carried us up. The view was worth it though.

We were enjoying ourselves, walking about and pointing out sights that we could see (look kids, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre!).

We also spent a good 15 minutes just watching the traffic try and navigate the Place Charles de Gaulle. Talk about insanity, 12 streets meet with no traffic signals or lane lines and everyone just tries to find their way all willy nilly.

After a while we tired of the view and descended back to the ground where Chris talked me into taking his picture in front of the battle scenes.

Chris stopped at the bottom to watch the crazy traffic yet again. INSANITY I tell you.

Finally we headed down The Avenue des Champs-Élysées which we were told was filled with wonderful shopping and eats (right up my alley). We shopped (Chris purchased himself a Swatch!) and we ate (we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at George V) and eventually we found ourselves at the other end of The Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Luxor Obelisk.

Finally we found ourselves at the Musee d'Orsay where we spent the rest of the afternoon gazing upon works by Monet, Rodin, Van Gogh, Degas, Seurat, Whistler, Gauguin, etc. Simply incredible. I wish that we had done the Orsay earlier in our visit to Paris and that I hadn't been so tired when we toured.

Finally we took the metro back towards our hotel and found a small cafe for a nice quiet dinner of steak frites and wine. Paris was wonderful but we were ready to go home.

The next morning we woke, at a buffet breakfast at our hotel, packed up, and found our way to the airport where we caught a flight back to London and from there on to Seattle.

A wonderful, awesome, fabulous trip.

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