In most of the large cities we've visited, we start our visit with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. It's the perfect way to get an overview of the most significant part of the city while also having the opportunity to stop wherever you want for as long as you want. Our tour today started with a few clouds, but the sun finally broke through and it was a perfect day for sightseeing. The bus picked us up right in front of our hotel and headed toward the Arc de Triumphe. The we toured through beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods before hitting all of the "hot" spots of Paris.
We got off the bus at Notre Dame, with full intentions of visiting the inside of this famous church. I've been in it several times, but the line today was longer than I've ever seen. So, we just crossed the Seine into the Left Bank and strolled around until we found a quaint little French restaurant for lunch. The pate and onion soup were wonderful! And Bowen is finding that the people here are much friendlier than he expected. We've had very cheerful folks everywhere we've gone.
After the tour, strolled around the Champs-Elysees area again before having an early dinner. Tomorrow, we board the ship, but it remains docked here until Thursday evening. We had hoped to purchase tickets for the French Open but the cheapest one-day pass available was 450 Euros - too pricey even for a tennis fan like Bowen. But we are having dinner at the Eiffel Tower tomorrow and doing some private tours set up by Viking on Thursday before we leave. We are both grateful for this time in this beautiful city,
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