Last day in Paris. We start our day with a breakfast in our apartment which includes eggs, jambon, baguettes, fromage, coffee and orange juice. I buy the just-out-of-the-oven baguettes from the pastry shop near our apartment and they are so crispy and tasty even if you just eat them by themselves.
We have been blessed with great weather the whole time we are in Paris but it drizzles off and on this morning and the temperature is in the mid 50's.
After breakfast, we take the subway to the Edgar Quinet Station and walk to the Luxembourg Park. What I notice right away after walking into this 60-acre park in the 6th District of Paris is how quiet every thing is. Traffic noise seems to be abated by the tall trees on the park's perimeter.
Entering Luxembourg Park from one of the side entrances
Christina walking toward Luxembourg Palace
Luxembourg is known for its huge mansion, fountains, statues, manicured lawns and flower beds. The Italian-style mansion, Palais de Luxembourg, is now the Senate House. Around the large fountain and along the flower beds are chairs for people to sit, relax, visit, or just enjoy the peace and quiet. On this Tuesday morning, Luxembourg Park is so quiet and it reminds me of Central Park in New York City.
Stone balcony over looking Luxembourg Palace
Christina at one of the fountains in Place de la Concorde
Chairs set up along the lawns and around fountains
Workers planting new flowers
The obelisk in Place de la Concorde
Christina and Lee at Place de la Concorde
From Luxembourg, we stop at a nearby restaurant to have a late lunch then head to Rue Rivoli to shop for souvenirs. On Rue Saint Honore near the Longchamp Store, we find an elegant pastry shop called Aus Delices de Manon and decide to take a coffee break. Three pieces of French pastries, a cup of hot chocolate, and two cappuccinos here will cot you $80. But the pastries are excellent.
Now it's late in the afternoon and our time in Paris is getting increasingly short. We find ourselves in Place de la Concorde, one of the largest squares in Paris. Tour companies drop people off here by the busloads.
Place de la Concorde is located on Champs Elysees facing Arc de Triomphe in one direction and the Louvre the other. An obelisk, a tall pyramid shape monument, given to the French by Egypt anchors the Place. Two large fountains - one on each side of the obelisk - have statues that spout water into the fountains. Place de la Concorde is another must-see place in Paris.
Base of the obelisk
From Place de la Concorde, we catch the metro to Arc de Triomphe and wander under the arch, examine the statues on the arch walls, and take a lot of of pictures. We then stroll down Champs Elysees once again.
At the famous La Duree macaroon shop on Champs Elysees, we get in line to buy some macaroons for the flight home tomorrow.
Around the corner on Rue Pierre Charron, we find a small but pleasant restaurant called Le Victoria and decide to go in. Our dinner of salmon, steak and salad is wonderful and the check is surprisingly reasonable. Thank you Christina for picking up the tab on this one.
Visiting Arc de Triomphe one more time
Lee and Bo at Luxembourg Palace
Walking down Champs Elysees once more
Famous "La Duree" on Champs Elysees where excellent macaroons are sold
We have to wait in line to buy these
Well our stay in Paris is about to end. We will leave early for the airport tomorrow morning to head home. As with our last trip to Paris with our friends: Linda, Danh, and Martine, we will keep with us our warmest and most pleasant memories of the City of Love. Although we did not have a chance to do everything we wanted to do including climbing the Eiffel Tower stairs or picnicking in the park, Paris has given us such a memorable week and I have no doubt that we will return soon.