Last Lovely Paris Day

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Sitting on a park bench with low battery, but wanted to say that we've had a terrific time and Ned and we are headed out tomorrow.  We're headed toward the Loire River Valley and Ned back to Texas (waaa!)  

Here are a few more recent wonderful memories:

Biking to the Eiffel Tower last night to see it light up at night and the sparkle show on the half hour- magical!

The Louvre today with Mona Lisa, Michaelangelo's masterpieces, etc in a fabulous setting- picnic lunch by the fountain

Bought a lovely painting today from the artist on the Pont Neuf.  It is a tile-sized canvas of a little Parisian shop that looks like our favorite patisserie shop on Rue de Passy.

Lounging in the shade of an old tree along the toy-boat filled Hippodrome lake in the Bois de Boulogne yesterday.

Changed flight home to July 9th out of Dublin (6:20 am- UGH) to Paris to Houston.  We think that's enough time and the kids really want to spend some summertime with their friends.  We really appreciate our friends, neighbors, family, and being together -now more than ever!

Bought food during the May 1 holiday (Labor Day?) and ate fromage board, crumble (like fruit cobbler), and creme brulee at an outdoor cafe with wine on Rue de Passy- I just love that area that we bike through on the way to the Eiffel Tower!

Paris Summary:  Lovely, beguiling, filled with flowering trees, birds, green spaces, thousands of delightful sidewalk cafes, cobblestone streets, stunning architecture, delicious food and wine, and a lovely city to bike.  We found the people to be quite nice, particularly the shopkeepers who were lovely and seemed to really enjoy the interaction with their customers. 

It is a busy city, particularly as the day nears 5-7pm and the traffic gets rather scary, but it is a city of 9 million people and the grace with which it handles that many people and still feels like a nice place to be is impressive.  I'd love to return with just Ned and enjoy some relaxed timing as marriage renewal.  There is romance in the air in Paris and having shown the kids the touristy "musts", it would be even more delightful next time as a couple.

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