Friday, 4 December 2009

A weekend trip to Paris #2 Champs Elysses

After a late lunch, we walked to the Arc De Triomphe. Due to a national monuments and museum strike, it was not possible to climb up or enter. We enjoyed walking around the outside, looking at the embellishments and statuary.

We then walked down Champs Elysses and discovered Christmas markets. They were pretty much like all other Christmas markets, and we stopped for some chocolate covered fruit (yummy strawberries coated in chocolate on a skewer, for example) Cameron enjoyed a chocolate coated apple.

We had a Santa photo taken with the whole family and enjoyed the Christmas lights. One of our strangest Santa photos yet, where Santa spoke only French, and our French is limited to "my name is...". please thank-you, hello and goodbye. So, we are not sure what this Santa will tell the real Santa in the North Pole what we would like for Christmas.
Nicole is inspired by all the Xmas lights, and we are off to BauHaus this weekend to light up our apartment like the Griswalds in Family vacation Christmas.
We walked down to the big ferris wheel, which sits at the end of Champs Elysses in Place de la Concorde, next to the Obelisque. It was warm in the cabins, and we enjoyed the view over Paris as dusk fell.

We decided to get some dinner - we found a fantastic little restaurant in the Latin Quarter, then walked another 4km back to our apartment. We all enjoyed a hot shower and settled into the very comfortable apartment with views out over the Eiffel Tower, which was spectacularly lit to celebrate its 120 year aniversary.

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