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So I'm REALLLLY backtracking on my blogs now (it's been almost a month since I went to Paris) but I'll try to give you the short rundown of what I learned while I was there.
This trip was actually one of my favorite trips so far. I got to see Paris (a must), but more exciting I got to see my friends Michelle and Michael. After my solo birthday adventure in Chambery, I really wanted to see some familiar faces.
So Friday I took ...
... I was gonna try to get together with one of the French guys I met a few summers ago during that basketball camp, but I was just too sick. It was a shame because he was going to take us around Paris and show us different places. I was sleeping all afternoon though and spent more time in the hostel than I would have liked, but there was nothing I could do about it.
We woke up around 6:30 am to get ready and get to our 8:15 ...
... our afternoon libations and snack, then back to get ready for the birthday celebration! Our nephew Bob and his wife Tina were in Paris for a few days so they joined us for wine and cheese at our apartment - I had bought macaroons as a Paris birthday cake so we all sang to Rick! We walked up to our street to Le Chinon for escargots, French onion soup, steak frites, and Tarte tatin. A great way to celebrate a ...
... flying around our heads, scrambling over each other and squawking that it got a little unsettling. We visited the Louvre and got a background on how it was the pre-revolution building of parliament, but that post-revolution a small part was opened up as an art gallery. It proved so popular that they kept expanding the role of art gallery and contracting the role of government until eventually art consumed the entire building. Our guide pointed out windows with coloured stickers ...
... think what it had been like earlier because the crowds I experienced were shoulder to shoulder in many of the rooms.
I enjoyed walking around the grounds and I found a lovely quiet spot with a beautiful view of the lake to eat my lunch. If I had been up to it there were trails marked around different areas showing where King Louis XIV went for his daily walks, and you could imagine what a relief it would have been for him ...