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Paris - Arc de Triomphe

Down to only 5 of us

sunny 78 °F
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In dire need of clean clothes, Phil and Kate do laundry this morning as we venture out to the Arc de Triomphe for Gwen and Rishaun's last real day in Paris. It's about 300 steps to the top, mostly via spiral staircase, but there really are some fabulous views of the city from there.

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After some more meandering down the Champs-Elysees, we decide to make our way to the Catacombs. Since the line is very long and we are getting hungry, we decided to have lunch and see if it gets any better. The lunch is slow, even by French standards, but very good. When we return to fully check out the Catacombs the line is worse than we thought (going around even more corners) and it appeared to be moving very slowly (seems like a timed-entry is the only reasonably way to see them)... So off to Napolean's Tomb (and Miltary Museum) instead. It is very grandiose and much bigger than we expected. Gwen has the observation that it seems odd to go from a monarchy to an emperor, but perhaps old habits die hard. We decided to only do some of the museum, which still took about 1.5 hours, and covered the world wars (1781-1950?). Gwen found it interesting that their record of the war recalled that the French fought the Germans valiantly and has some success against them (contrary to what we remember from American history)...

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Phil and Kate visited the D'Orsay instead and had a very good time there (sorry, no photos, as Phil likes to say, he is not a good "documenter").

We all meet up at our new favorite, Les Quais, and then on to the Blue Siam for Thai food. It was very good food, but indoors without any a/c, fans or breeze. I needed a shower afterwards :)

We decided we all needed to pack up and get ready for travel again tomorrow - so watched the Brazil-Italy game in the room (game time was from 9-11pm here).

Posted by M6-Greg 08:49 Archived in France

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