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Paris - Montmatre

Separate activities day again...

sunny 92 °F

Today Sally really went to the Eiffel Tower and also the Rodin, L'Organerie and a quick peek at the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. Phil and Kate toured Napolean's Tomb and the Army Museum (which included a Picasso exhibit) and toursy pictures...

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I get to be the third wheel with Ivan and Diana on the trek up to the Sacre-Coeur. The line for the venicular is long, so we made the decision to hike up the steps in front of it - something I have never done and don't think I ever will again :) It was nice to revist the church as I had misunderstood the first time that photos were not allowed (just flash photography was not allowed and no photos at all in the main seating area).

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We zagged to the left instead of the right when we hit the cute, toursy Montmartre village and saw a great square filled with artists - doing paintings, sketches and scissor cut-outs. The square was so nice we had to stop and sit a while (as you might imagine, on the pricey side of things...).

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Around the corner was the Salvador Dali museum - if you don't know, Ivan is a big fan of his work. The museum was interesting because it was centered around his sculptures instead of this paintings (but there were still plenty of those). The museum is actually an art gallery as well and sold "original" works (multiples, I think they are called - like only 1 of 200 casts or prints or something). I saw a few price tags around 5k Euros. Ivan is still try to decide which piece to buy :)

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We grabbed a quick Kebab at the 20th top fast food place in Paris (per Ivan's fancy phone). It was fine, but Ivan really enjoyed it because of the worker there was so jovial - oh yeah - and he spoke Spanish (which really threw me for a loop cause I'm still to stop reverting to German and squeeze in bits of French). We ate in a little, but very busy park - with Bioce ball and table soccer - I think Ivan scared the kids playing when he screamed "GOAL" when they scored :)

Off to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees. The line was not too long, so they went up. Having made the spiral staircases just a few days ago, my knee convinced me that I should just sit in the shade and wait for them...

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Back towards the hotel, Ivan and Diana bail on dinner and opt for doing laundry instead. Phil, Kate, Sally and I go down the hill to the local Kebab place - smells very good, but just too full to try it. Afterwards, we go next store to the 2bis to catch the Eng/Nor game. Observently, Phil notices that our new "standby" has had a makeover - changing from old green awnings and covers to new bright blue ones.

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We catch the England/Norway game and meander home exhausted again (averaging 7-9 miles of walking each day)...

Posted by M6-Greg 22:53 Archived in France

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