Yesterday we toured Paris yet again!! We went to the Louvre (by-passing the line because we already had passes). We saw the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo and so much more! Then we walked up towards the Arc de Triomphe through the Tuileries Gardens and then up the Champs Elysee (all the way!) stopping only for a Crepe with nutella and BANANA!!! Soooo Gooood! Then we walked off the Nutella and banana by climbing the 284 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
(*Note: we obviously would have climbed the Eiffel Tower but the peeps who work there are on strike at the moment... oh how we love the French...)
Then Andrea got totally dizzy on the way down so we stopped at the bottom to watch the cars circle round us on the rotary from hell... (why is it the rotary from hell you ask? because it is an enormous rotary with 12 roads joining it all of which have right of way onto the rotary and the cars in the rotary must yield for incoming traffic) it was awesome! Especially the bicycle rickshaw drivers and the smart cars competing for space with the tour buses and the military police.
After that... we needed a nap...
3 hours later... We went out for Dinner in Paris at a recommended bistro called Bofinger at the Place de la Bastille. This was a totally old school Parisian bistro with wood paneled walls, mirrors, and waiters in full black and white. We were initally given the french menu until our waiter came over and asked Andrea "Do you speak French?" Andrea said... "No"... then the waiter came back with the English version of the menu, leaned in and said "... I save you life... he he he..." It was very cute.
We were treated to oysters, foie gras, full sauerkraut (beef and pork in various guises over the fermented cabbage), salmon, and potato emulsion (oh yeah.. emulsion...) wine and later CREME BRULEE!!! In Paris!
After that we needed a nap (since it was past midnight by the time we were done with dinner)...
The world is ours!