Back again after a bit of a hiatus. We had another visitor come to our <<château>>. We'll call him Paladin S. He's one of Mr. K's good friends and one of his longest acquaintances, too. Needless to say, it was glorious!
Mr. K, Paladin S, and myself made great adventures. We almost had an epic story in the Bois D'Aigre Foin on his first day of visiting. I was Adventure E, Mr. K was B the Bard, and well, Paladin S remained Paladin S. So much fun!
Anyway, one week in France is hard on anyone because there is just so much to see and do. Feet don't always cooperate, but you learn to bludgeon them into obedience over time.
We decided to treat Paladin S to a Paris experience while he was here, such as Mass at Notre Dame (they have International Masses at 11:30am on Sundays, btw) and Les Invalides with Napoleon's Tomb. Very cool. They had a great exhibit of Knights in Shining Armour and WWI and WWII war artifacts to look at.
We got nerd swiped on the Quai d'Orsay on our way to Les Invalides:
We still haven't figured out the cryptogram. Any takers?
Arc de Triomphe was fantastic as always and the ice cream on the Champs-Élysées was delicious. I highly reccommend Jeff de Bruges' vanilla and salted caramel ice cream. Miamm!
Dinner at a Happy Days Diner in St. Germain/ Latin Quarter was <<pas terrible>> but we had fun. It was the second time since coming to France that I've had a cheeseburger. Makes me miss the States and my Dad's homemade onion and garlic burgers. (Soon though! Soon!)
The next day the gents went out to Versailles. I stayed home to rest the feeties. 16km is a lot of walking in one day and I wanted to be ready for the following day back in Paris. The overall consensus of Versailles was "Wow!" and "A lot of palace..." Hehe. And they didn't even see it all (It's definitely a multiday event if you have the chance. Too much walking otherwise). I love that place. Just ask my Momma!
The following day we headed back to Paris and this time I remembered the camera.
These are a few while we were waiting for the train to come to our little station.
|The three amigos!|
|Proof is in the sunglasses?|
|Nobody here but us ducks!|
|I think it was the infamous Ragodin/coypu I've heard tell about|
After the excitement of the day, we decided it would be a good idea to eat the rest of lunch together and then stroll along the banks of the Seine. They're currently doing Les Berges de Seine, which is completely pedestrian and they even have floating docks!
|He found the sweet spot on the docks!|
The hammocks were actually the worst hammocks we had ever lain in! Those knobs just jam into your backs like no tomorrow. Ouch!
The gents here are displaying the best way to sit on the ropes.
|We think the other people on the left are just paralysed from the pain and |
therfore, cannot escape the clutches of the ropes.
|Paladin S looking suave and debonair...must be the Paris air.|
|"Okay...I don't know what you're up to..."|
|Yes, you too can take an artsy photo with the mist!|
Continuing along the banks, we found the coolest things: mazes painted on the paths, a boardgame cafe where the tables have checker boards and mazes designed on their tops, napping huts (I kid you not! You can actually rent a container with a window and bean bag chairs to nap in!), teepees (also available for rent to nap in), a HUGE photography display, baby rock climbing walls, the makings of a blackboard wall and then the end:
|Back to the beginning when we were nerd swiped.|
As it was Assumption, we headed in the direction of Notre Dame so Paladin S could go to mass. Very cool. And what a lovely turnout! Mr. K and I didn't go in as we wanted to stroll in some shade and look at the Bouquinistes, but at the end, wow! Tons of people filed out of the church!
Disneyland Paris was the next day, and if you haven't tried it, go here for lunch:
The last day, the gents went to the Louvre museum while I took care of errands. (Pesky errands getting in the way of visits...) And then it was the end. *sniff*
All in all, a wonderful visit with Paladin S. We'll miss you! So glad you came!
Three cheers for friends! Hip-hip-hooray!