Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Another two days that we've had to spend in Paris - poor us...

Monday night there were rumors all over town (including online at the Paris Events site) that there would be a fireworks extravaganza on Ile de Saint Louis, so off we went - Sandy, Josephine from Australia and her 5-month-old Tex, Kavin and I - and headed down to Quai Saint-Bernard to watch and wait... and wait... and wait... until 11:30 and no fireworks. But it was all fun anyway, as there were lots of other people, music, and boats on the Seine. Best of all was an incredibly huge full moon that rose as it got dark. Didn't get a good picture - iPhone just doesn't do night very well. You can see how big the moon is - just pretend it's a Monet painting.

Tuesday morning I awoke with a cold and we were both pretty tired from our late night, so it was a very slow day for us. Kavin had bought a wind-up bird and had only flown it out of the apartment window (really!) so we went over to Luxembourg Gardens, just a few minutes away. The bird flew, and there was another family flying theirs as well. I have some video of it, but I can't seem to get those videos into the blog. At the park we had the worst meal we've had since we've been here, and the only bad food I've ever had in Paris. But, as usual, it was fun to watch (and feed) the ducks in the pond and watch the pigeons and the people.

Here's a guy living the good Paris life. He was actually asleep.

Today, after a much-needed rest (I slept for 10 hours!), we were ready for the Eiffel Tower! I always think its better to wait and not go see it right away, as you get peeks of it from all over town and the anticipation builds. When you get off the Metro at Trocadero and turn the corner - there it is! It's never a disappointment. 

We had already decided not to go up - looking at it is the spectacular part - so when we got there and saw this, we just had to laugh -

There are constant strikes and demonstrations. We've seen an anti-gay marriage demonstration (when the law legalizing it in all of France has already passed) and one with the farmers' union protesting the price of livestock feed.

Here are a couple of shots from underneath 

And a couple of shots of the surrounding area and Kavin playing tree-man.

As we came back through the Trocedaro, these guys were dancing. They put on a great show, and (again) I have video but can't get it here. There are plenty of street musicians and Metro musicians, too, but these guys were the best. I also appreciated (with Euros) a guy in the Metro singing James Taylor's Sweet Baby James.

Tonight was the second time we went out for pizza and didn't have pizza - something else on the menu always looks better. This time it was a calzone as a calzone should be - simply a folded over pizza. Delicious. Bought more pastries on the way home - the best was the cafe (coffee) half of a chocolat/cafe duo.

Forgot this before: One day went to MacDonalds (really!) and it had this Easy Order machine. Place your order and pay and get a number and collect your food - so 21st century!

And, finally, here's Kavin looking out the stairwell window - our apartment is next door with the flowers.

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