The final Chapter
Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
9Trip End Sep 19, 2007
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I walked to 700 steps to the second level of the Eiffel Tower and later walked the steps to Sacre Couer (sp). I decided to walk through Montmarte and it started to drizzle about 7. I went to the tour bus stop and waited..and waited..and waited and the rain was fairly heavy. After waiting an hour, I decided that the bus wasn't coming and it was time to get a cab. Sure. Here I am flagging down empty cabs that won't stop. The rain lets up a little and I walked to the Moulin Rouge and got a cab when a couple got out. I was cold and wet and glad to get back. It turns out that the hop on busses stop running about 6-6:30 unlike Florence where they run 24 hours a day. ALWAYS READ YOUR STUFF. That was an 11.12 mile day.
Today was a pleasant surprise...no rain. It was very cool. Probably about 50 and windy. The sky was the clearest I have seen since I arrived in Europe.
I went to the Gallery which is an office building and shopping center. The observation area is 96 meters above the ground (about 100 stories, I think). The elevator gets you there in 38.24 seconds. The view was the best and the sun broke through the clouds just for me. Great shots.
I noticed a cemetery near the building so when I got down to the street level I walked over. I saw the graves of Jean-Paul Sarte &Guy de Maupassant. The most moving grave was that of Alfred Dreyfus. The grave stone had hundreds of stones on it from Jews paying homage.
Off to Notre Dame. The church, not the University. There was a photo fashion shoot taking place. I man who was with the shoot looked at my Cincinnati Bearcats sweatshirt and, in a French accent, said "Cincinnati. James Brown. King Records. Sid Nathan." He is French and works for a magazine. He has lived in Milan and other parts of Italy and currently lives in India. The fashion shoot was for a line of Indian made sportswear.
I walked a little more and then thought I better get back to the hotel while the buses are running. So I get to the stop where I have to change buses and it starts to drizzle. The bus comes and this is his last stop for the day. So I walked through the drizzle back to the hotel. I was proud that I was able to get back there without asking direction. Strictly by landmarks.
So today was another 10.25 miles which meant that in the 16 days of travel I walked over 94 miles according to my pedometer and have taken slightly over 4000 pictures.
I hope you enjoyed sharing my experiences. I enjoyed writing it.
I will be home Wednesday evening and may add some thoughts after I get settled back in.