|Winter Eiffel Tower - (photo credit: Jennifer Boyer-Switala 2013)|
In the morning, we had the good fortune of a three hour bus tour of Paris with a most knowledgable guide. In fact, I learned a few things I did not know before! In the past, our bus tours have always made stops at places like Pont Neuf and le Jardin du Luxembourg, but not today. Apparently, a new law has been passed that limits the places such tour busses can stop, but on a snowy cold morning such as today's, I didn't complain too much! We did have one stop at the Eiffel Tower (much to Madison's pleasure!)
|Gabrielle, Bill, moi, Maddie & Will at the Eiffel Tower|
|Gabrielle, Madison, et moi|
|Will at the Mastaba of a Pharaoh - The Louvre|
|Madison partying Ancient Greek Style - The Louvre|
|Gabrielle Fist Bumps Marble Man at The Louvre|
Et moi? Well, I could not wait to see my lovely Delacroix - Liberty Leading the People, but to my horror, it was not there! It is currently on a world tour...go figure! My bitter disappointment was rapidly assuaged when I discovered Les Apartements des Napoleon III. Très belles!!
|Napoleon III's Ante-Chambre - The Louvre|
We could have wandered around there for much longer, but it was getting a bit dark, so we decided to head over to the Notre Dame area.
I wanted to take Bill and the kids to Shakespeare and Company, but the entrance was as far as we got...it is closed until February 1st. A bummer, but...I'll be back in July!
|Notre Dame dans la Neige (photo credit: Jennifer Boyer-Switala)|
|Dog Photo-Bombs the Kids at Shakespeare & Co|
We ate dinner at La Braserade on rue de la Huchette. A tourist trap of an area, but we did have a wonderful dinner. The maître d' LOVED Madison. He spoke to her in French and kept calling her "Marie Claire." Gabrielle, Bill, and I all tried escargots this evening, and we all liked it very much! Bill and I had confit de canard (duck) and it was fantastic!
|Je Mange Escargot...Mmmmm - La Braserade, Paris|
After dinner, we made our way to the métro by way of the Hôtel de Ville where it was a-glitter with lights and ice skaters. Sigh. Très parfait.
|Hôtel de Ville, Paris (photo credit: Jennifer Boyer-Switala)|
|Will, Bill, Madison & Gabrielle Watch the Ice Skaters|
|Hôtel de Ville Alit (photo credit: Jennifer Boyer-Switala)|
And now I must bid you bonne nuit...I will write more tomorrow - our last day in Paris.
|Duh. (photo credit: Jennifer Boyer-Switala)|