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We’re having a swell vacation ourselves. There’s so much to see and do here in Paris that a one-week vacation seems completely insane. As I said above, I severely look forward to the time where we can just take our time in a place like this.
But we’re not slow travelers yet. We’re fast travelers. In two and a half days, we’ve seen all kinds of cool stuff and become very accustomed to the Metro lines. Our boys have adjusted to the time change and city life much better than I could have imagined.
We found a great source for fresh baguettes, great goat and vache cheeses and all sorts of affordable goodies at a market called Market. A sixer of Leffe Triple goes for €5.40, and a two-foot-long baguette is €0.55. I think I could last here.
We’ve been having some fun, too. I dragged the Sunday Best trophy down into the Catacombs (see featured image above), which is an amazing, sacred place.
We saw the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and about a thousand paintings at the Louvre. There were artifacts galore and more statues than you could possibly emulate. Our boys did their best, and here’s one of the best.
The boys aren’t quite college age yet, but I think they’ll be college material. We talked about the benefits of studying abroad while walking around the Pierre & Marie Curie University. We ate €1 crepes that were offered up as a fundraiser by a group of students heading to Boston for some sort of biological engineering competition. We also toured the colorful student union where I captured this shot.
And of course, we’ve been down to see the Eiffel Tower. We haven’t been up it (yet) as the tickets are sold out online and the wait looked insurmountable after enduring 2.5 hours earlier the same morning to get down to see the Catacombs. We did hang around long enough to see it all lit up and sparkly.
We’ve got two more days to do some sightseeing. Sunday kicks off with mass at Notre Dame — the real one, not the Touchdown Jesus one — where our older son will take his first communion. Our little troopers don’t know it yet, but they’ll be rewarded for humoring us at all these museum and attractions with a trip to Disneyland Paris on Tuesday.
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