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Paris - St Chapell

Second Game Day

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RIshaun's Birthday today!
Gwen had ordered a birthday cake to be delivered to the hotel - but the time was not set - so we planned to bounce back and forth from the hotel.
Breakfast at Dean's favorite place - USA as he likes to call it - really US Atelier for a nice omelette. Also, had to get a picture of Dean in typical garb - his blazer and flip flops (which he claimed were special plantar fasciitis orthopedics).

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We are traveling out to see Notre Dame - too sad a sight for pictures I guess (I thought I took a couple - but I have plenty of good ones from prior visits). We did get into St. Chapell which is a small but lovely church.

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Next was a quick trip to the Champs-Elysees - Rishaun wanted to shop there - which I didn't expect. There were lots of fast food chains (Five Guys, McDonald's, etc) which we were going to let him eat at, but the lines were too long for him, so no luck - thank goodness :) There was a failed attempt at buying a soda from the vending machines as well...

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Back to the hotel - and the birthday cake had arrived! Turning 15 in Paris might be something he remembers fondly in the future (hopefully), but not really right now. Phil and Kate add their 2 extra birthday songs after the traditional Happy Birthday To You chorus from all of us. Oh, and no surprise, the cake was very good!

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Second Game Day. We depart for the stadium in time to hopefully catch some of the early game (Sweden/Thailand) on TV (and because we figured the metro would be even more crowded closer to game time). Despite our usual lack of luck finding the games, we did find a pub with it on - but they were overwhelmed, but finally did get some food and drinks.

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We are altogether, but our seats are not as good for this game, second row on the second deck, in the corner. Unfortunately, the seats are extremely cramped (regular PSG stadium). Rishaun and I are trying to sit sideways just to fit. Having enough of it before the game started, I tried to stand in the entrance to watch. But once others tried to do the same, we all got chased off. Despite the over 45k people present for this game, I was lucky enough to find 2 empty seats on the front row - and I needed 2 seats because of the concrete wall, I had to sit sideway just to fit. Assuming you know the result, but another good win for us (albeit a much closer game). I was odd to see the Chilean goal keeper be award the Player of the Match (having given up 3 goals) - but she did make some phenominal saves (at least 3-4) - and these were all on our end of the field.

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We found a nice Pizza place for Rishaun and enjoyed waiting out the crowd for the return home on the subway. Birthday complete with one more trip to Tarmac for Rishaun's favorite - the Dame Blanche.

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Posted by M6-Greg 04:41 Archived in France

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