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Paris on the down low

Jerry arrives to take us back up to 7

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Ivan leads the charge for "American" things to support the "team" today (but that has really been his mode of operandi the whole time). He leads us to "Breakfast in American" chain where he is delighted with the Menu which is in English first and French second - eggs, bacon, pancakes, etc. Perhaps it is because we are tired of picking places after so long, but this is definitely not a place I would have ever picked...

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Jerry arrives while we are out running errands (ATM, supplies, etc). Diana isn't feeling great so needs a rest day. Sally has St Chapell in her sites. Phil and Kate make their way to the Panthelon.

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Having been to Paris, Jerry just wants to relax and take in some of the local vibe. We just see wander around the hotel area grabbing some nice snacks and drinks (including the fancy French marshmallows in incredibly interesting flavors). Just unwinding from the long trip and hanging out.

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After some "encouragement" from me, I finally convince Jerry and Phil to make the trek to the L'Absinthe Cafe (it is not too terrible far, but just one of those "can't get there from here" routes with a few metro hops). But finally, I get some really great abinthe!

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Very exciting game day today - France vs USA. The local are finally getting excited and interested - it is kind of a shame we have to meet so early (we like cheering for the local team - but cannot do so anymore). This is the first game where we see tons of ticket scalpers and people trying to pick up tickets to the game.

After a decent meal near the stadium we enjoy the crowds and excitement to the game - groups singing, waving flags, etc - closer to the World Cup experience that one expects... One of the biggest differences in the Women's world cup and the men's one is the "family" based crowd here - lots of young kids and such (might be the reason for no beer in the stadium?).

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The seats are incredibly small in this older stadium - perhaps not made for American sized people - but it is hard to believe that this is where Paris St-Germain plays (but maybe it works out for smaller people or those that stand for the whole game),

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The game is thrilling and exciting with some decent play. The French really rocked the stadium when they were attempting their comeback. To the point of the jumping up and down and we could feel the stadium moving and swaying (at least in the upper deck) - it was incredibly loud and almost overwhelming - good thing the USA players kept their cool and held on for the win!

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Guys beer from plastic bags allowed us to have a Victory Beer during the long wait for the subway to clear out some. It's a Friday night and things were packed back at the hotel as well - and it is the wee hours of the morning as well (and a quasi-early train ride), so... bonne nuit

Posted by M6-Greg 15:02 Archived in France

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