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It was a light, and stormy day…

by on July 7, 2012

From Alex:

Today the weather said 1 or 2 light showers in Paris. We thought it would be a beautiful day, so we did a double-decker, open-roofed tour of the city. Bad idea.  On our first 1/4 of the tour, we got scattered showers. Then, we had lunch, went to Arc de Triomphe (to get up to the top, you could go up 278 steps, or if you could not walk 278 steps, you could take a lift and walk 48 steps).and got back on the bus. On our last 3/4 of the tour however, we heard thunder a few times, we were on the top level (same as before), and had our umbrellas up a lot. The wind blew our umbrellas too much (including 1 inside-out but, we were able to fix it), so we had to take them down.   We got really wet.

From David:

Low-key day basically.  Here we are getting wet on the bus:

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A few random thoughts:

– In Paris, stores only have sales twice a year, on the same day.   We went to a department store to get something and OMG, it was totally packed with people. And the streets are busier on Saturday than in Rush Hour.  The economy can’t be all that bad…

– It was interesting to see a bridge with many locks locked to every possible metal area.   Turns out this is a long tradition in China that recently got to Paris:  “If a couple writes their names on a padlock, locks it onto one of the bridges and throws the key into the Seine their love will endure for all eternity.”  

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– We took this shot of Anna and Renee on the first night…   at 10pm by the way, with the sun still shining.

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– We had a great view of the whole city from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Most interesting to me however was watching the cars (and occasional insane pedestrian!) navigate the traffic circle below.  Looked just like watching ants run around without crashing

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2 Comments
  1. Uncle Phil permalink

    Now I know you guys are faking it. I just saw a picture that was “taken at 10 at night” and the date says “July 7,” but it’s only 2:00 p.m. on July 7 so there’s no way. It’s like the Apollo “landing” where they had a bunch of pictures taken in a studio and they said they were “on the moon.”
    So where are you guys really?

  2. Aunt Ginny permalink

    Phil – you win the prize – they’re really in Vegas at Paris now!
    Tres magnifique en l’autobus. L’Arc de Triomphe vue est exceptionnelle. Les voitures regardez comme ils sont en rotation.

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