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Published: September 26th 2012
This is a view at the beginning of the light show. Check my video for a better view.
Monday – Day 21
This was our last full day in Paris. We planned to return to Atlanta tomorrow morning. So, we wanted to have an easy day with only a little sightseeing. After all, we were now on the first day of our fourth week.
So, we decided on two sights. The first was the Deportation Memorial, near the Notre Dame. We discovered its existence when we were here on Sunday but decided to skip then and come back if time permitted. The second thing we wanted to see was the Arc de Triomphe, at the start of Champs-Elysees.
We now considered ourselves subway veterans. So, we headed that way and were quickly at the St. Michel Station. We walked across the bridge and made our way to the Memorial. To our great disappointment, the memorial was closed. A temporary sign said it was closed, while a more permanent sign said it was open all weekdays and weekends, except for certain holidays. We learned in the R. Steves guildebook that this was a memorial to the 200,000 French victims of the Nazi concentration camps. Since we missed our chance to visit a camp earlier in Austria, we
were looking forward to seeing this memorial.
So, we decided to wander around the neighborhood and later visit the Arc de Triomphe. As we departed the island of Notre Dame, we discovered on the bridge Pont de L’Archeveche a mass of “love locks.” These locks are added by couples as a binding representation of their love. I wonder if anyone comes back to open the lock after a divorce??
We found the Arc without a problem riding on the subway. After a little effort, we found where to enter and walked through a tunnel to the base of the Arc. Since there was a long line to take elevator to the top, we passed. We exited the tunnel and were surprised at the beauty of the Arc up close. Plus, I was happy to see all the traffic buzzing around the tower. It reminded me of my recent two trips around myself. I'm glad that it is over without incident.
From the Arc we returned through the tunnel to the avenue Champs-Elysees. Back in the 1980s we came to visit Paris for the first time with Melissa and Jennifer. We were in Paris for only one day
Beach on the Seine
Who knew there was a beach on the Seine in the middle of Paris???
and spent some of it right here. Today, I think we had lunch in the same restaurant that we did then.
After some shopping, we returned to our hotel to pack for our departure. Then, to finish our trip, we returned one last time to the Eiffel Tower. We wanted to wait for the light show which takes place at 10pm. It was great and we were happy for the effort.
That's it for my blog on this trip. Thanks for reading along with us. We are not sure where we will travel next but be sure that we will and I'll continue to blog on this site.
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