(You wanna know what's funny to watch on french TV when you can't sleep and feel miserable? "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons"! Homer speaking french is enough to send anyone into a fit of giggles... I don't care how sick you feel!)
Today we took it slow... Woke up late, ate just a little, and finally headed out for a walk around the city. The weather was a little overcast and cool - so it was perfect for me! We jumped on the Metro (underground train) and went down by the Louvre to explore a little. The Metro was so easy to use! The hardest part was buying the tickets - it's an automated machine and everything is in french... but we managed! After that, it was a breeze!
(I found this last photo online, courtesy of the Sainte-Chapelle website, the photo is by Sean Munson - it's the closest I could find to do justice to the beautiful setting. You really must experience it for yourself!)
(This photo is also from the O Chateau website. The cutey on the right was our guide.)After this, we had the afternoon to wander around the city again. We sat in a park and watched people, we walked through the sculpture gardens, and enjoyed just being in Paris without the need to spend a lot of money. All the shopping in the area we were in was either ultra cheap tourist junk or high end Gucci and Prada. So we decided shopping was not a priority. Instead, we just tried to soak up as much of Paris as we could on the last afternoon of the trip.
(Coming back to the Louvre to hang out before our tour...)Louvre! We went to the Glass Pyramid like we were told to, only to not see any of our group! It was time to meet... and no one was there! We looked at our itinerary again - only to see an address on a corner a few blocks away! We got directions from a security guard and booked it to the address on the paper - I was almost in tears, thinking we missed the tour that we already paid for AND we were going to miss the Louvre (one of things I wanted most to see while in Paris!). We got to the address - and no one was there. Then, as we walked outside, I looked down the street and there was a tour agency on the corner. I said "let's go look in there, maybe they will be able to tell us where to find our group." As we walked in, who do we see? 6 other people from our group! Somehow, we managed to find them before the left... How? I'm not sure. According to our paperwork, we were in the wrong place!
(It's "sparkling" for us!)
Good night, Paris.