We had a very lazy start to the day however we made up for it by walking over 15kms. I had washing to do so went to the laundromat and had to use my knowledge of French words to work out how to operate the machines and payment system. I bought bread from the bakery as well as an apple pastry for Kevin.
When we finally got going it was morning tea time and we stopped at a cafe for coffee and pastry before walking to the metro and catching thd train to Charles de Gruille and the Arc de Triomphe. We went underground to get past all the traffic and up to the monument. We queued for tickets and climbed the 300 or so stairs to the top. Kevin Joshua needed carrying the last little bit but all day that was the only time he was carried.
The view from the top was amazing and worth every cent we paid to go up. I loved the roof top gardens you could see and the tree lined streets.
The highlight of the trip so far was my ride down the Champ Elyses. It was so scary with 8 lanes of traffic and cobble stones and French drivers who seem to follow no rules. The first ride was brief, only two blocks up and back, then we had lunch. It was the scariest thing I’d ever done as the whole time I thought I was going to die but it was so exhilarating at the same time. We have watch Le Tour de France for many years and watched the riders finish tbe race in this street so it was pretty cool that I got to ride that same road as them. The second ride was the whole length up and back. By the end I was weaving in and out of cars and waving to the family as I returned.
We walked the length of the street and through the park, stopping for another gelato, to the Louvre however we didn’t go in. We left Kevin W and Pauline and they headed home while we walked to Notre Dame.
The girls at first didn’t think it was very interesting but once they understood how old the Cathedral was they were blown away. We may convert them to being interested in history.