Breakfast started at 6:30 this morning and was served in the kitchen of the hotel. At 8:45 the bus departed for Paris!
I had a day of extreme walking! Here is a summary of the places I visited, in order:
1. Eiffel Tower
2. Arc de Triomphe *
3. Walked down the Champs Elysée
4. Élysée Palace (official residence of the President of the French Republic)
5. Madeleine building #
6. Paris Opera House
7. Galleries Lafayette (an upmarket French department store)
8. The Louvre
9. Lock Bridge
10. Notre Dame
Dinner was in a French restaurant near Notre Dame. The food was lovely and … wait for it…. I tried a snail! I may have cheated by not chewing, but I still ate it. For some reason I don’t have the same moral issues eating a snail as I do red and white meat. It didn’t taste like anything but it had a very unusual consistency!
After dinner we went to the Cabaret which was quite an experience.
* The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l’Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe (in English: “Triumphal Arch”) honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
# The Madeleine Church was designed in its present form as a temple to the glory of Napoleon’s army. To its south lies the Place de la Concorde, to the east is the Place Vendôme, and to the west L’église Saint-Augustin.