Friday, August 6, 2010

The Robitailles and one Bourgeois come to France!

Andre’s parents and their good friend Anne Bourgeois arrived in France this past Tuesday. Andre and I went to Paris to meet them and stay together in the big city for a few days to see the sights. The first day we walked from our hotel up to the Notre Dame and then along the Seine to the Louvre. Since the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays we headed from there to one of my favorite spots, the Tuileries Gardens. After a pint and a galette in the gardens we headed back to the hotel by metro.

The next day we got up early to try and beat the line up at the Louvre. Since you could spend a lifetime in there we decided to keep it relatively short, and only toured the halls with all the "Masterpieces" of the great French painters, Italian painters, and the Greek sculptures. We were also able to see the Louvre’s original medieval foundations; which I thought was very cool and although really only a round stone wall it is still definitely a must see! After that we headed up via l’Open Tour bus to the Arc de Triomphe to see Andre’s Canada wreath from the fête nationale. From there we got back on the bus and headed to the Eiffel Tower.

Glass Dome at the Galleries Lafayatte

After a nice light lunch and some stops at the souvenir shops we hopped back on the tour bus and headed to the Galleries Lafayatte. There's a beautiful terrace at the top with a view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower to the Sacre Coeur. After a drink at the roof top terrace cafe we took our tour bus back to the stop nearest our hotel. For dinner we wandered around the Latin Quarter and happened to come upon a little winding promenade of really nice restaurants. We found one to seat five just before it started to rain.

View of Sacre Coeur from the Galleries Lafayette

The next day Andre had to return early in the morning for work. The rest of us were able to stay allowing time for Anne to see inside Notre Dame, a quick visit the Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore, and pop in a few cafes to start the day. Just after twelve we caught our train to Arras and are here now settled in our apartment, and making plans to tour Arras.….

Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore

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