We got up around 8:30AM. Chris headed out to the train station to exchange our tickets for an earlier train to Switzerland. We now leave on Saturday 6:30AM instead of 8:30AM Sunday. We got the Louvre around 10:30AM. Such an amazing place. We saw Mona Lisa (the only piece you couldn’t walk right up to, it was roped off with tons of people around it), Venus de Milo, Michelangelo (Captive Slave), a huge Sphinx, to name a few. The Prehistorical Greek antiques was closed off, which was a bummer, because that was one section we really wanted to visit. We called the girls around 4PM from the Louvre and then headed out, we were exhausted! We decided to head down to the Isle of St. Louis (a tiny island in the middle of the city), which is filled with little ice cream shops. Grabbed a cone and headed down near the river to just relax. It was so nice to sit, relax and just be . We then headed over the Latin Quarter, in search of the Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, which if you are ever in Paris, is a must see (IMO). A really old bookstore, where any writer can
come stay (we counted three twin beds throughout the store underneath bookshelves) and write. There is also a small nook with a chair and typewriter, anyone can sit and write. Of course, we had to pick up a few items here and get their “official” stamp in our books. We then found a small restaurant right across from the Seine and Notre Dame. Dinner was excellent! Chris had duck, I had a Penne Pasta. We both had a roasted goat cheese salad - one of the best salads I’ve ever had! Headed back to the flat to do laundry and pack. We had a washing machine in the flat, but no dryer, so we’ve been hanging our clothes all over the flat. None of the clothes have been drying all the way since it’s been rainy. The Laundromat down the street from us closes at 10PM, so Chris raced down around 9:30PM to finish up everything. I met him down there with a wet load, and embarrassingly have to say, this may be the first I’ve ever used a Laundromat! Headed back and finished packing. We called the girls around 12:30AM our time. We didn’t go to bed until around
1:30AM. I didn’t sleep well - I didn’t take an Ambien because we had to get up at 4:50AM. Got up and dressed, called the girls at Ann’s and then headed off to the train station. We are now on the train to Basel, Switzerland. We are sitting in 1st class (it was cheaper than coach!!). It’s very comfortable, large reclining seats and we got shot glasses of orange juice =). The views out the windows are so pretty. We are passing by vineyards, with lots of fog and cows, sheep, etc. roaming around. It’s exactly what I pictured the French countryside to look like. Trying to take pictures!!
Kelly and Chris
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