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Day 7 Music in the Park

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today’s adventure started at the Eiffel Tower.

Our city coordinators continually cautioned us not to look at, speak to, or interact with the gypsies in any way, warning how aggressive they could become. Boy howdy they weren’t just whistling Dixie. Some of our poor kids, who have been taught to make eye contact and speak when spoken to, were getting mobbed. Hubby and I made quite a few rescues of distraught teens that did not know how to get away when surrounded by 3 or 4 adults demanding they make a purchase. Lucky for me, I know a very kind and caring youth pastor who is a gypsy, who came from a huge family of hard-working gypsies. That enabled me to talk to the kids about stereo-types, and point out that not all gypsies behave like the ones we encountered here. There were armed military guards walking around, and the scam artists would scatter whenever they came near.

I forced my hubby and son WAY out of their comfort zones, insisting they go to the top of the tower with me. I did cave and agree to take the elevator all the way as opposed to climbing the stairs to the second level. A small concession on my part, considering how difficult it was for them. The views were out of this world. I could have spent hours up there with the wind in my face.

It really opened my eyes to how large Paris was, and how little of it we were actually seeing. Next we were off to Notre Dame. My son was highly amused by a restaurant café named Magots. Teen humor. Thought we’d never hear the end of the jokes that followed.

Our first glimpse of Notre Dame was awe-inspiring.

Thanks to Disney, my quest began to discover gargoyles. Because of movies and books, I had expected to see them all over France, and was starting to give up hope. I was not to be disappointed.

At least outside, I could take all the photo’s I wanted. Every inch was unbelievably beautiful. How on earth did they create something so incredible that could endure the ages?

Street performers only added to the ambience.

We walked to the lovely nearby St. Severin where the choir and string quartet performed.

Then we coached to Georges Brassens Parc for an outdoor band concert. It was packed with people. There were people from 2-90’s dancing and clapping to the music and waving flags. It was a lot of fun.

Then it was back to the Restaurant Le Saulnier for our dinner of some kind of beef with pasta. Very fatty. Dessert was some sort of puffy hollow flaky pastry with what might have been vanilla sauce. We were glad we had snacks in the room to munch on. On the ride back to the hotel, we saw lots of people dancing on the wide sidewalks between the streets. It looked and sounded like a lot of fun!

We were definitely ready for a good night’s sleep.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KIPPER15 7/14/2014 7:36PM

    Wonderful pictures!

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MA_DIDDLES 7/12/2014 9:33PM

    All my traveling is done thru other people, so Thank You for posting and sharing your travels. It looks like I have some catching up to do on your blogs, but it is sooo worth it. MA

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_CYNDY55_ 7/11/2014 11:42PM

    Beautiful Pictures emoticon emoticon

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SANDRALEET 7/11/2014 6:11PM

    If you can Eat were the people that live there eat

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MARCIAC10 7/11/2014 5:58PM

    They prey on tourists. I found them to be bad at all the tourist traps! I'm not one to make eye contact, and just breeze by anyway, but I heard them trying their tricks: friendship bracelet, lost wedding ring, etc. I'm sure a lot of gullible people fell for that stuff.

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GINA180847 7/11/2014 5:24PM

    Oh my, I am so enjoying this. You are so good at bring it all to life.

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KATELJM 7/11/2014 1:26PM

    Love your travelogue!

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TINY67 7/11/2014 10:35AM

    emoticon Keep them coming.

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DR1939 7/11/2014 9:57AM

    The gypsy's around the Eiffel Tower truly are aggressive. We also found those in Budapest to be so. We climbed the tower once. One time when we were on top a snow storm came up. It was really cold. There were spring flowers all over Paris at the time. Your pictures are beautiful and bring back so many memories. As for the food, I like French food but get tired of it after a while. We usually eat only one or two meals in a restaurant and the rest in bars and cafes where the food is simpler. Often we stop for bread, cheese, and fruit and have a picnic lunch or grab a bowl of soup or a salad. I see you found what most people do, once you go to Europe you want to return again and again.

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KIWIANN 7/11/2014 8:34AM

    What amazing photos of the sights of Paris - thanks for enjoy the City of Light vicariously through your camera lens :)

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GINNABOOTS 7/11/2014 8:19AM

    Oh my, what wonderful architecture! You captured it so beautifully!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/11/2014 7:26AM

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Gorgeous photos! I just love the architecture. emoticon for sharing.

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TRISTAROSE 7/11/2014 5:44AM

    Such beautiful pictures .... what a view from the Eiffel Tower.

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ARTJAC 7/11/2014 5:18AM

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LIS193 7/11/2014 12:51AM

    Beautiful pictures!

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DEE107 7/11/2014 12:17AM

    love the pictures have a great night

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LIVINGFREE19 7/10/2014 11:05PM

    The pics look awesome, thanks for sharing!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/10/2014 10:27PM

    Gorgeous pics and so nice of you to share.

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GAYLE-G-63 7/10/2014 10:26PM

    Gorgeous pictures! =)

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/10/2014 10:14PM

    Absolutely breathtaking!

Thank you for sharing with us.

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    Fantastic pictures from the Eiffel tower... The city really is huge...
The trouble with most trips... you only begin to scratch the surface of what is really out there to see, explore, and enjoy. Large Group Tours are a great way to get a sampling of the adventures that are out there. Sadly most of us will not get the chance to personally partake of even a sample. But through the eyes and tales of others we do get an inkling of what we are missing.Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/10/2014 9:50PM

    Beautiful. How scary for your teens to be harassed like that! Glad you could rescue them.

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