For our last day in Paris, we visited the Arc de Triumphe and took a stroll down the Champs-Élysées.
Our camera ran out of batteries at the Arc, so following are the pictures we were able to get.
Here’s me, learning our best friend Rick, in front of the Arc:
After our camera puttered out, we walked down the fancy shopping street and went into stores where most items cost easily more than the sum of everything we both own, put together (among them, a concept car store, Louis Vuitton, and Starbucks).
We walked all the way to the Louvre, and around some stores to buy some souvenirs. I ended up falling in love with a free trade store that sold items that, while not even a little bit Parisian, were excellent. Like little elephant sculptures and Indonesian scarves. I would fall in love with a store that I could just as likely find in Uptown, Minneapolis :).
We also ate at a McDonalds and went on a search for a chocolate shop. We walked all the way to the Notre Dame before giving up. My coworkers told me if we’d gone another block past the Dame, we would’ve found a great one. Oh well. C’est la vie! We ended up finding something near our hotel anyway.
We had to get up at about 3am for our flight, so we decided we’d try to stay up all night since our walking excursions took us well into the night. We finished up Band of Brothers, then talked with Emily on video chat for awhile, then finally gave in and crashed for a few hours.
Our flight to Amsterdam was severely delayed, so when we arrived there, we literally sprinted across the airport to the flight. I’m talking, sweaty, out of breath, almost passing out (for me), sprinting. We made it just as they were doing final boarding. Our baggage, of course, did not. This is because it can not run like we can. No bigs though. Since the airport delivers luggage to people’s homes as soon as possible, I’d almost rather lose my bags every time I fly.
The End! I hope you enjoyed your virtual trip through time to Paris with us! I also hope you didn’t catch the stomach flu!