Just for fun...some pictures of our hotel room. It wasn't anything fancy but it was more spacious than we expected and was very clean.
On to our last day in Paris! Becca and James decided to spend the morning at the Palace of Versailles. They had purchased a museum pass and wanted to take advantage of it. We decided to spend the morning seeing a few more sites in Paris. We first stopped to visit a store Gabby had recommended called Merci. This store had the coolest and most interesting clothing and home products! And the proceeds go to charity. I wish I knew more about this store but I couldn't really find much on the internet. It was very hip and modern!
Next we visited the Place de la Concorde. During the French revolution this was the location of the infamous guillotine where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were beheaded. The very next year there were more than 1300 people beheaded here in 1 month! (Notice our little homage to Rick Steves - we saw many people walking around with his guide to Paris.)
We had planned to meet Becca and James here so while we waited we sat on a bench on the bottom of the arch and inevitably fell asleep in the warm sun. Wes even decided to lay down. A few minutes later two policemen woke us up and told us that sleeping was not allowed. Oh well.
After dinner we wandered around the small shops which were mostly tourist shops. But we found a chocolaterie and spent our last Euros there. So sad to leave. Such a wonderful trip. It was life-changing in so many ways. But our family needed us and we needed them. Time to go home.
Random Memories of Paris:
-The sound of the bells in the train stations
-The sad beeping audio-guide on the steps down to the river
-Our metro tickets only working 50% of the time
-2 drawings done of Poppy from 2 different street artists (one much better than the other!)
-James yelling "nous descendon!" on the crowded metro
-Asian woman with the little stuffed hedgehog who played with Poppy the entire metro ride and then stood by the window waving, chasing the train as we rode out of view
-The two older men, walking outside the hotel early in the morning playing the trumpet and euphonium
-Poppy planking at Versailles
-Deaf and dumb girls trying to get signatures so people will donate money then spotted speaking to a homeless man shortly after.
-Weston's frequent references to Jason Bourne
-James lugging the stroller up and down the stairs of the metro
-The men selling Eiffel tower keychains that would disappear when the cops showed up
-The never-ending meringue
-James teaching us that the most important word to know in French is "machin" which means "thingy." We joked about it the whole trip and then James used it one last time with the hotel desk clerk when we checked in on our last night. It was hilarious!