After two marathon days of sightseeing, we were ready to slow down for our last day. Our first stop was a short metro ride over to the Arc de Triomphe. It sits at one end of the famous Champs Elysees. Right when we got off the metro we saw something both really scary and interesting. A group of older people were huddled around a young girl and there was a lot of commotion going on. We watched and noticed one man had the girl by the wrist and was shouting for police. She was desperately trying to get away and eventually did. She had tried to pickpocket him, and he caught her (for a minute anyway). Startling reminder to always be aware of your belongings and travel safe!
Anyway, we stopped for some pictures in front of the famous Parisian landmark. It was commissioned by Napoleon to commemorate French military victories.
|Arc de Triomphe|
|Wandering down the Champs Elysees.|
|Guess what we found…another Starbucks!|
We continued our stroll around the city and found the “Flame of Liberty” monument. It is a full size replica of the flame on top of the Statue of Liberty. It has also become an unofficial memorial for Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash in the tunnel right below the flame.
Then to give our feet a little break, we took a cruise down the Seine River. It was a nice relaxing way to see some of the sights of Paris.
|Not a bad way to spend your Sunday!|
Our trip was made a little less relaxing by these fellow boat-mates. This group (only maybe half shown in this picture) stood in front of us the whole boat ride frantically taking pictures of each other. They were in a panic trying to make sure they got pictures of themselves in front of ever single place. So much for getting those front row seats for the view-it was obstructed with crazy tourists the whole time!
Oh well, we still had fun on our cruise.
|Just cruising the Seine.|
After that we headed back into our own neighborhood, Montmarte, to do a little shopping. This is an artistic district and we stumbled upon a whole square of artists selling their work and creating it on the spot. It’s a very fun, and lively atmosphere with a lot of character. We had a wonderful time exploring the neighborhood (but be warned, it takes quite a bit of stairs to get there).
Our time in Paris was through. Clearly there was so much to see and do, and it really is a very beautiful city. We are lucky because Paris isn’t too far away so I’m sure we will get the chance to go back again. We dropped my mom and sister off at the airport the next day. We loved having them here and getting to see new places together. Hopefully another visit from family isn’t too far away!