Our final full day in France 9/2
09/03/2015 - 09/03/2015 71 °F
We woke up very excited this morning. Our friends from Germany, Mathias and Caro were coming to visit us and take us by car on the rest of our trip. We woke up at 6am to get ready, expecting them at 7am. We got a message that traffic into Paris was delaying them, so we relaxed and went to get some breakfast. A nice cafe down the street from our hotel had omelettes and we sat outside near the road to watch for them. Around 10am they finally arrived. We got their car parked and took their stuff upstairs. We had planned to go to the Catacombs, but the line was far too long at that point. Bummed we will miss seeing them, so, maybe next time!!
We decided to walk into the city. It was kind of fun to show them around, since we had walked the city quite a bit and knew the way. Neither of them had spent much time in the city, so we went back to Arc de Triomphe, up Champs Elysées, past the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, through Luxembourg Gardens, Plaza de L'Concorde and to the Louvre. During our traipse down Champs Élysées, we saw a Citroen car dealership (dealers in the city are in buildings) and they had a giant, 5 story high slide. For just €2, you could ride! Of course we had to do it!!
The weather for the day was nice and cool in the shade and warm in the sun. A nice change from the blazing hot that we had been experiencing. We finished the evening with a trip up to Sacre Coeur. The Montmatre neighborhood is hundreds of years old. It is on a hill with the Basillica Sacre Couer at the top. In various wars it has served as a military stronghold due to its elevation and excellent view. The streets are narrow and filled with cars and pedestrians and many bicycles. Caro had visited once before and recommended a Creperie for dinner. We did it right this time and ordered savory and then sweet! The biers came in big mugs and Mathias and Eric added to our stein/glass collection!
We climbed to the top of the hill and enjoyed the night's view. We took the long stairs down the hill. The picture of the steps is not mine, it was far too dark! We rode the subway home, hoping we could see the Eiffel Tower sparkle one more time, but alas, we missed it by minutes.
Another great day and night of touring. Tomorrow, we head out on a road trip to Belgium and the town of Brugge!